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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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