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Postby wilddash » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:14 pm

Help please.

I play with three strings, leaving the outermost double melody string off. I just put new strings on it. When I start tuning the inside melody string, and once I reach the note C just below D, I get a twang/buzz sound from there right on up to the correct D note. Sounds so sour. When I move the same string to the outside notches the sound isn’t there, and rings true. Any ideas?
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Re: Help

Postby desertdulcimers » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:52 pm

Hey Dave,

I've had the same problem and I also prefer just three strings. If you have a small jewelers file or maybe some 800-1000 grit sandpaper, try and file/sand that inside notch a little in the nut groove that is buzzing. Might just be a little bit of binding in that notch as you bring it up to pitch. Most luthiers (me included) also notch and file a small amount of angled relief towards the headstock on all the grooves in the nut. That downward angle helps to relieve buzzing issues.

You might also try a little bit of #2 pencil lead or powered graphite in that buzzing notch to see if that helps. I use a product called "Big Bends Nut Sauce Groove Luber" as well. Hilarious name but great product.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Help

Postby wilddash » Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:45 am

Thank you.
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Re: Help

Postby wilddash » Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:51 pm

Success
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Re: Help

Postby 265pooh » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:52 pm

I remove the inside melody on all mine, playing the outer one. If yours sounds good there, just use that one. Easier for hammer ons, pull offs, and slides.
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Re: Help

Postby KenH » Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:17 am

WildDash -- I'm going to suggest that the next time you have a question or need help with something that you find a more appropriate place to post your question.

This area of ED is the Marketplace -- for buying and selling instruments and accessories.

There are the Jam Session, Building, and Playing sections where it is most appropriate to ask questions or seek help on an issue.

Frankly, you're lucky that two people even responded to your request for help...
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Re: Help

Postby misterfid » Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:06 pm

To each his own....I would just like to say that if I had read your post, Dave, I would have been glad to have responded.
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