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Anthony_JB

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Hey everyone! I decided to give my new Casino some tender loving care by buying a Dunlop Guitar kit. I oiled up the fretboard with the Lemon oil and polished the body.

 

I even bought some new strings. First time restringing my Casino and oh boy, is it different from stringing a Strat. (It's a pain in the ***.)

 

I think I might have messed with the bridge or something because now my low E string (the 6th) buzzes a lot as if it's hitting the fret.

 

How do I adjust the bridge the right way? Good rule of thumb? I have the Tune-o-Matic bridge on it and I don't know if I have to have the bridge level all the way or just raise the side of the low E.

 

First Casino, I need tips.

 

Greatly appreciated!

 

 

Anthony

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First Casino or first guitar with an adjustable bridge? I'm going to guess the latter. There is no "right" way. But a good starting point would be to adjust the action to the Epiphone factory specs detailed in the owner's manual. On the two outside (E) strings, at the twelfth fret, measure the distance between the top of the fret ant the bottom of the string. Epi specs are 4/64" (high E) and 6/64" (low E). If you don't have a ruler that measures in 64ths, you can get one at Home Depot for less than five bucks. In case you don't have your manual, here's a PDF:

 

http://www.epiphone.com/images/EpiOwnrsManul.pdf

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NICE, looking Casino there, Anthony! Don't forget to "stretch" your strings, as well.

New strings (because they're new, and haven't been stretched by constant tuning) will

often buzz a bit. You can make the adjustments needed, and then readjust later, if

needed, as well. Sometimes, even different string brands, will behave a bit differently...New!

While you're at it, graphite or pencil lead the nut slots, to lube them, and keep your strings

from binding. Then, you should be "good to go!"

 

Cheers,

CB

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I make sure to stretch a new set everytime; takes out all the slack.

 

Graphite or pencil led the slots? I've never heard of that. I just grab a pencil and write over the slot?

 

 

Thanks Charlie! My first one Archtop/Epiphone and I must agree, she is beautiful!

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Graphite or pencil led the slots? I've never heard of that. I just grab a pencil and write over the slot?

 

Talking the same thing...although CB's way is just using the led shavings or graphite dust....Lol,I think is what he means. Anyhow the end result's the same. I personaly never done either and never had an isuue...guess just lucky.

 

Nice Casino btw....congrats!

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Talking the same thing...although CB's way is just using the led shavings or graphite dust....Lol' date='I think is what he means. Anyhow the end result's the same. I personaly never done either and never had an isuue...guess just lucky.

 

Nice Casino btw....congrats![/quote']Nice Casino. Did the pencil thing with my Dot at the last string change last week. Did wonders when I played and did string bends. But, so far, its just this one gig test. I have another gig this weekend so after that I will know for sure how well the graphite/pencil shavings are working for me.

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Well, it's a precaution, and harmless...so, I do it every string change. Just use graphite powder...or,

(what I do) use a #2 pencil, sharpened enough to get down into the groves on the nut, and rub it

back and forth as needed to coat each slot, dark. You can wipe away any excess, after the strings

are in there, and tuned. If, when you tune, and have not used the graphite/pencil lead, and you hear

a "ping" as you tune...it's the string binding in the nut slot. The graphite just gets rid of that, by "lubing"

the slots. Makes for less tuning, quite often, because there's no binding and slipping. Lots of folks, at

first, think their tuning machines are bad, or slipping, but it's usually NOT that...it's usually the nut/binding

problem.

 

Anyway, it's up to you...was just a suggestion. ;>)

 

CB

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The pencil/graphite trick is a good solution. Also, there is some stuff on the market called Big Bends Nut Sauce. The Big Bends stuff come with an applicator. One tube is enough to last for a lifetime.

 

The problem with the nut is usually an improperly cut nut. The nut groove should taper downward from the fretboard end to the tuner end. Also, the tuner end of the slots should fan out a bit to allow the strings to angle toward the tuner. Minor details that make a difference. But, as said above, the graphite works. If you want the problem to go away forever, have a tech fix the nut. It's a three munute job with the proper nut files.

 

Greg

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I've managed to reduce the buzzing significantly by raising the bridge. I even went ahead and lubed up my nut slots.

 

However, now I have the weird rattling noise. It's coming from the lower end of the guitar by the bridge. It's only noticeable when it's unplugged but it's annoying.

 

What could it be.

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However' date=' now I have the weird rattling noise. It's coming from the lower end of the guitar by the bridge. It's only noticeable when it's unplugged but it's annoying.

 

What could it be.[/quote']

Two things:

 

- as others pointed out, the bridge. Casinos and bridges equals rattle. Search around and you will find out ways to remedy it.

 

- my Casino produced this bizarre rattling, still does. I was sick. Insane noise. Then I realized it was the pickup selctor switch. When in the middle position it can rattle sometimes. Chack that.

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