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- Big Bill
November 12, 2005, 3:34 pm
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head over one of the guitars I got off ebay here. It plays well up the
neck and has a sweet tone but there are a couple of frets one side of
the fretboard down by the headstock where it buzzes. Badly. This is
odd as you'd expect it to buzz across the neck, or up the neck. So
it's an odd one. I play around with the action (raising and lowering
the strings), that doesn't help. I try adjusting the truss rod (a
metal rod running the length of the neck, you can tweak it to make the
neck concave or convex a little - James will understand this I know
but the rest of you will have to trust me), not because I think it'll
be the answer but because while I'm working with it maybe something
will occur to me. And that isn't the answer either. So I restring it,
for all the good that'll do. Then I notice, that down where the
problem is, the fretboard feels kind of rough. Ha! We have it, I think
- one of the inlays is popping out, not something I ever saw or heard
of. It's only a few thou but that explains the problem (I hope!) as
it's smack bang by the frets that buzz and on the same side of the
fretboard too. I'll be heading over to the guitar groups soon to ask
if there's any little things I should be aware of when I try to pop it
So if any of you guys get run down by a stampede of panicked harmonics
this evening, you'll know I succeeded.
But if I didn't go back to really simple, seemingly dumb things to try
to get this problem sorted, I wouldn't have got to the conclusion I
Stick your head above the parapet and there are always idiots who'll
take a pop at you. You have to learn to live with it. I come on here
and ask very basic questions regularly, not because I don't know the
answers but usually because it's been a while since I've addressed
them and I want to know if a new wrinkle has surfaced that I've
missed. Normally there aren't but I don't know unless I ask, do I?
Now I'm off for my brekkie. Ho hum.
The buffalo have gone
- James Helliwell
November 13, 2005, 11:01 pm
Re: On the subject of advancing seemingly odd theories
Thought you'd like it. Current thinking is that I have to - somehow -
get the inlay out then dump a drop, just a drop, of superglue in the
recess then sque-e-e-e-eze the inlay back in on top. I'm thinking a
sharp tap with a blunt object, very very carefully buffered of course,
might be my best bet.
The buffalo have gone
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