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Old 09-21-2023, 09:53 AM
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Default Buzzing string at certain positions of playing.

I have some buzzing sound (4th string) when I play in certain positions... can't figure out why (see video)
Checked the tuners, ball ends, frets... I don't have it when I put a capo on the 1st fret... Maybe too low nut for the 4th string?

https://vimeo.com/866832936?share=copy
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Old 09-21-2023, 10:07 AM
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yea could be what you're asking,

you could also try to take a little relief off the neck

but that kind of buzzing with an open string only would kind of point to a low nut slot for that string.
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Old 09-21-2023, 12:15 PM
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Checked the nut, tuners.. kinda frustrating lol.
The buzzing/zooming sound seem to come from somewhere inside but not sure what exactly.

Ball ends seem ok
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Old 09-21-2023, 12:35 PM
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I think the action at the first fret is too low for the lower 3 strings. What is the proper height of the E A D strings?
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Old 09-21-2023, 12:39 PM
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I think the action at the first fret is too low for the lower 3 strings. What is the proper height of the E A D strings?
some where around 0.20 should be ok


http://www.frets.com/FretsPages/Musi...nutaction.html
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In the video it looks like you did not fret the fourth string but left it open the whole time. However when you capo fret 1 the buzz goes away. You answered your own question. The fourth string nut slot is too low.
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Try, temporarily, putting some paper under the 4th string to raise the nut slot and see if it goes away.
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Try, temporarily, putting some paper under the 4th string to raise the nut slot and see if it goes away.
Thanks it worked. I measured also the string heights at the first fret... EAD strings way too low. The ebony nut is quit touched already so I plan to make a new ebony nut. Thoughts on how tl remove the existing one? I assume its also glued with hide glue similar to cut through saddles? Apply some heat and it should go loose I think?
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Old 09-21-2023, 05:50 PM
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I have some buzzing sound (4th string) when I play in certain positions... can't figure out why (see video)
Checked the tuners, ball ends, frets... I don't have it when I put a capo on the 1st fret... Maybe too low nut for the 4th string?

https://vimeo.com/866832936?share=copy
It appeared that your 4th string was open the entire time. If true, your nut slot is too low on that string.
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Old 09-21-2023, 06:18 PM
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It appeared that your 4th string was open the entire time. If true, your nut slot is too low on that string.
Correct! Nut slots are too low on the 3 lower strings. I was thinking to raise the slots with ebony powder + super glue but I don't really like the results I saw online in some videos. Will make a new ebony nut and make the slot depths spot on.
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Old 09-21-2023, 08:46 PM
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Correct! Nut slots are too low on the 3 lower strings. I was thinking to raise the slots with ebony powder + super glue but I don't really like the results I saw online in some videos. Will make a new ebony nut and make the slot depths spot on.
You can also try shimming the nut.
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Old 09-22-2023, 01:51 PM
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Making a new nut is always the best way to go but I've used this stuff when going a little too far on a nut slot and it works great:

https://www.stewmac.com/luthier-tool...-rescue-powder

Not sure what it is made of but compared to ebony dust it is way easier to precisely fill the nut slot with.
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Old 09-23-2023, 08:56 AM
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Correct! Nut slots are too low on the 3 lower strings. I was thinking to raise the slots with ebony powder + super glue but I don't really like the results I saw online in some videos. Will make a new ebony nut and make the slot depths spot on.
A bone nut will last a lot longer than an ebony nut.
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Old 09-23-2023, 04:22 PM
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A bone nut will last a lot longer than an ebony nut.
I know but I want to use the same material as the original.
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Old 09-25-2023, 09:19 PM
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Typical StewMac oversell. A bone nut blank costs two bucks, more or less. StewMac's Magic Nut Repair Powders cost twenty-four bucks to do the same job a buck's worth of baking soda (or steal a pill bottle's worth out of the spice rack, it'll never be noticed) will do. I think I've touched the high spots.
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