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I get some prety good buzzing at the 13th and 14th fret-first string on a 86 J-30. Any way to fix it? Thanks.

 

Try playing on the 12th???

 

Nah, just kidding. Had a similar problem on a Martin which just couldn't be solved by tickling the saddle down, or noodling with the neck.

 

Found the solution by shaving a couple of the higher frets which I NEVER go to. Like 18 19 20 or something round there. took off the smallest amount which made all the difference.

I can play symphonies up the neck and not get so much as a rattle...

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Try playing on the 12th???

 

Nah, just kidding. Had a similar problem on a Martin which just couldn't be solved by tickling the saddle down, or noodling with the neck.

 

Found the solution by shaving a couple of the higher frets which I NEVER go to. Like 18 19 20 or something round there. took off the smallest amount which made all the difference.

I can play symphonies up the neck and not get so much as a rattle...

 

Now why didn't I think of playing on the 12th fret? A little shaving makes sense, but I will leave that up to someone who actually knows what they are doing. Thanks.

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I wouldn't humidify the guitar unless it is dry. Just "humidifying" a guitar is not often the way to go. For one thing it takes a while for humidity to make a change in the guitar. I would first try to determine from other data if it is dried out.

 

Has the problem appeared recently, or is the guitar new to you?

 

Are fret ends sticking out? Has the action height changed?

 

Where in the country do you live? If you live in a cold climate, how warm do you keep the room where the guitar is stored?

 

What is the relative humidity in that room?

 

I'm guessing it is the common "hump" where the neck meets the body, and a slight leveling of the frets there will cure it.

 

Brian

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I should have said at the start that I bought the guitar in 03, and it had the problem then, but the sound was so good, I bought it anyway. I live in so. ca., so the weather is mostly dry. I had the same problem with a 68 yamaha where the neck meets the body, so i'm hoping the frets only need to be shaved a bit. Thanks for the imput guys.

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If you don't want to tackle leveling them (with the neighboring frets) yourself, it won't cost much to have it done. If someone tells you it needs neck or fretboard work, try another luthier. If you look over on UMGF.org, there is a thread active in which I describe how to do this yourself using a simple flat file and masking tape:

 

http://theunofficialmartinguitarforum.yuku.com/topic/115676/Filing-down-a-single-fret

 

Works the same for 1 or 2 frets needing leveling. However, you really need a "Fret Rocker" from Stew-Mac to check things out.

 

Brian

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If you don't want to tackle leveling them (with the neighboring frets) yourself, it won't cost much to have it done. If someone tells you it needs neck or fretboard work, try another luthier. If you look over on UMGF.org, there is a thread active in which I describe how to do this yourself using a simple flat file and masking tape:

 

http://theunofficialmartinguitarforum.yuku.com/topic/115676/Filing-down-a-single-fret

 

Works the same for 1 or 2 frets needing leveling. However, you really need a "Fret Rocker" from Stew-Mac to check things out.

 

Brian

 

Thanks for the link. I will not try this myself because I would like to have Chuck Block (Blocks dad from Alison Krauss) take a look at the action anyway. He has set up a few mando's and a banjo for me in the past. Also, I don't know what i'm doing. I've set up a few guitars in the past that turned out good, but without the proper tools. Older and hopefully wiser now. Love all those guitars you have Brian!

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