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B-Rad77

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Hi there, I have an Epiphone Les Paul Special II that I bought new last August. Shortly after buying it I was forced to bring it back, as the neck was bowed, and the intonation was way off, they fixed it up really good for me. Everything was fine for a while, but since the last time I changed the strings (with the same gauge as came with it, as always) I'm getting some fret buzzing on the first few frets. I really don't want to bring it again, as last time it took two weeks to get it back. What can I do to fix this? Why would this happen after changing strings?

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There are lots of possibilities and yes, a new set of strings may behave slightly dfferent than the ones replaced. If you want to do your own setup work, your first step is to learn the things that affect action/playability, fret buzz, etc. Assuming the guitar has no structural defects (like high frets), the minimum components you need to begin learning about are the bridge, the nut, the truss rod, and how these things work with each other. There's DIY stuff in this forum, books on the subject (may be available for free at the local library), and info on the Interweb. You obviously see the wisdom of learning how to do this yourself, because of what just happened. Guitars are made of wood and are inherently unstable, so we need to tweak them occasionally for optimum playability. Take your time; it's not rocket science, but don't just go blindly turning screws.

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heres the short version. back off the truss rod screw 1/4 turn try it if ok then play if not the try it another 1/8 turn. if yu have to go more than that then put it back where it was and raise the bridge 1/8 turn on the screws/ and start again. simple.

 

most guitars move with changes in temp and humidity.

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heres the short version. back off the truss rod screw 1/4 turn try it if ok then play if not the try it another 1/8 turn. if yu have to go more than that then put it back where it was and raise the bridge 1/8 turn on the screws/ and start again. simple.

 

most guitars move with changes in temp and humidity.

 

everyone's given you good answers...especially Fringe,re: learning about the components & setup.

 

not so sure i'd start off w/a 1/4 turn though......i'd stick w/ 1/8 turns from the start, and mark the truss nut & truss body cavity before you begin, so you'll always know where "zero" is if you need it.

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a good book for you to pick up is dan erlewines guitar player repair guide.

 

this book is loaded with articles on how to do anything you may need to do on a guitar. oh and the go easy on the trussrod if its tight is very good advice if you were to snap it off though theres even an article on how to fix that without replaceing it in that book. worth every penny.

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