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New J45 Standard Sound Question

#21 User is offline   Leonard McCoy 

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Posted 20 February 2019 - 01:45 PM

This could be a technical issue as well. Damaged strings or binding at the nut.
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Posted 20 February 2019 - 09:36 PM

If a guitar can't be fixed or adjusted in a simple way, I'm typically out-of-luck. That said----I'd definitely try the suggestions about using heavier strings. Extra Lights (to my ears) have a very thin and tinny sound. Of course, guitars vary on sound, but that's how I tend to hear extra lights. Try some lights. More tension may solve the problem. If lights don't solve the issue, try some mediums.-----------Just my opinion and that doesn't make me right and someone else wrong, but I don't think extra lights "do justice" to a J45........I hope you get the issue solved and really start enjoying what is likely a super guitar. [thumbup] [thumbup]
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Posted 21 February 2019 - 02:14 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions.

Today I tried putting on some heavier strings. I installed some D'addario EJ16 12 gauge strings. The guitar does sound better, but it's not perfect. I'm still getting that werid metallic resonant sound. I would describe it almost like a Sitar kind of overtone. I did notice that when I don't play any open strings, as in the case of an F Barre Chord, it sounds fine. Perhaps there is something wrong with the nut? Has anyone experienced what I'm talking about before?

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 07:17 AM

View PostJustbluefish, on 21 February 2019 - 02:14 AM, said:

Thanks for all the suggestions.

Today I tried putting on some heavier strings. I installed some D'addario EJ16 12 gauge strings. The guitar does sound better, but it's not perfect. I'm still getting that werid metallic resonant sound.
Thanks



To me, new strings have that weird metallic sound until you play it out of them over a couple days...
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Posted 21 February 2019 - 07:43 AM

Its hard to tell from a forum conversation
But you might do well to check the tuning posts and pegs for loose screws
Perhaps truss rod cover screws
And the end pin Jack socket if there's a pickup in the guitar
Lots have had a vibration from a loose nut on the inside of the fitting
You'll need skinny arms


Initially I thought you didn't like the sound of the guitar but your sitar like comment made me think it may be something buzzing somewhere and resonating
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Posted 21 February 2019 - 08:13 AM

Have you played this guitar with a capo yet? Try it on the first fret to start with. Your J-45 would not be the first one sold with nut issues - mine had nut slots so shallow the guitar went out of tune when you played it. You might have the opposite issue, a nut with slots cut just a whisker too low and allowing the strings to rasp on the first fret.
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Posted 21 February 2019 - 09:47 AM

As the guitar is still just new, I suggest calling your Sweetwater rep and seeing what he suggests. A buzzing string can be a number of things, including a very very minor tightening of the truss rod (one of the reasons the truss rod is there to be able to put a slight bend to the neck so there is no fret buzz at the first few frets of the guitar), the saddle is slightly too low, the nut is slightly too high in relation to the saddle, the nut slot on a string has a burr in it, the tuning button could be buzzing, a tuner’s washer could be buzzing...a number of minor things that just might need a slight set up adjustment.

I suggest calling Sweetwater since the guitar is brand new and see what they say.

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 01:49 PM

View PostJustbluefish, on 21 February 2019 - 02:14 AM, said:

Thanks for all the suggestions.

Today I tried putting on some heavier strings. I installed some D'addario EJ16 12 gauge strings. The guitar does sound better, but it's not perfect. I'm still getting that werid metallic resonant sound. I would describe it almost like a Sitar kind of overtone. I did notice that when I don't play any open strings, as in the case of an F Barre Chord, it sounds fine. Perhaps there is something wrong with the nut? Has anyone experienced what I'm talking about before?

Thanks


Do you have a piezzo on it ?
Maybe check the jack/plug input thing. You can unscrew it, there is 2 washers, one of them is not necessary and often causes this "buzz" thing.
Long time ago i thought my guitar had an issue with the nut or saddle, but finally it was one of these washers and removing one of them solved the problem on my hummingbird.
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