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    Ok. So I finally got the Jackson I've been wanting. Looks great, neck feels great. But, there is a fret buzz on the D string around 2nd fret. The real pain is the neck has to come off to get to the truss rod. Just like the older Fenders and I think some Charvels. Not sure what to do. I've taken the neck off like 15 times trying to get rid of this buzz I'm beginning to think its not the truss rod adjustment, maybe a bad fret. Frustrating because of the Floyd having to be adjusted and the neck having to come off every time. I'm afraid that if I return it I'll just be dealing with the same problem again. Any suggestions on the fret buzz? Name:  image.jpg
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    Default Re: NGD...But not happy

    The best solution is to find a good tech. The fret probably is a little high, and if one is bad they might all need a little leveling and dialing in.


    Sorry you're having to deal with that. I know it's disappointing.
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    Once I had disassembled the neck on my Ibanez, I was shocked to hear by the dealer that I had just voided the warranty. If your guitar had perfect fretwork and its problem was back bow in the neck, then the buzz most likely would appear on 1st fret high E. So I agree with Lazarus. Its a stunning guitar to look at!
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    Default Re: NGD...But not happy

    Change the strings first

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    Quote Originally Posted by fordmugg View Post
    Change the strings first
    Wouldn't be the first time a string change fixed an odd buzz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GilmourD View Post
    Wouldn't be the first time a string change fixed an odd buzz.

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    I've seen strings with a dent or a bend that made that happen.
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    That's the one thing I hate about that guitar, taking the neck off for truss rod adjustment. Other than that I love mine, I did swap the pickups for DMZ Gravity Storm/Area67/Injector. Hope you get it sorted out soon

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    I would hate taking the neck off for truss rod adjustments. That sounds like a pain in the butt.

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    ^^^ definitely, but it is supposed to give better tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greekdude View Post
    ^^^ definitely, but it is supposed to give better tone.
    The keyword here is supposed.
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    Attenuators are for pussies. Neighbors calling the cops isn't a problem - if the cops can actually still decipher the neighbor's complaint on the phone with the Marshall in the background, you're doing it wrong and it needs to be louder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BX8a View Post
    If the neck is dead straight then you don't need to adjust the truss rod. Have you tried raising the bridge a little bit?
    If it's DEAD straight, then you should add a little relief.
    Quote Originally Posted by Myaccount876 View Post
    Attenuators are for pussies. Neighbors calling the cops isn't a problem - if the cops can actually still decipher the neighbor's complaint on the phone with the Marshall in the background, you're doing it wrong and it needs to be louder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Archer250 View Post
    If it's DEAD straight, then you should add a little relief.
    +1 to this

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    Have you considered shimming the string locking clamp/nut device?

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    Taking it to a tech is the best option.
    Quote Originally Posted by Myaccount876 View Post
    Attenuators are for pussies. Neighbors calling the cops isn't a problem - if the cops can actually still decipher the neighbor's complaint on the phone with the Marshall in the background, you're doing it wrong and it needs to be louder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funkfingers View Post
    Have you considered shimming the string locking clamp/nut device?
    This affects open notes only. His problem is on D, 2nd fret.

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    So sorry to hear about that! Loved the Adrian Smith models that I've played!

    +1 To taking it to a reputable guitar tech, sounds like some fret leveling is needed IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trevorus View Post
    I've seen strings with a dent or a bend that made that happen.
    Yep same here change the strings and then get back to us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greekdude View Post
    This affects open notes only. His problem is on D, 2nd fret.
    What's the radius? Wonder if the center bridge saddles need a shim to match the board radius for super low action?
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    ^^^ I think OFR is radiused at 12" stock. It could be but if it was the case, it would affect higher frets more than 2nd fret.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascension View Post
    What's the radius? Wonder if the center bridge saddles need a shim to match the board radius for super low action?
    10"-16" compound radius IIRC

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