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Buzzing Low E on 3rd fret

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(@mpjbell)
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Hi Guys,
I am a complete Newb and I am having a problem. I seem to get a buzzing sound on the 3rd fret of the Low E. No matter how hard I press without sharpening the sound this string buzzes. It is only this one string and only on the 3rd fret.

Do I have a bad string or may there be something else wrong here. The guitar came with an extra set of strings but I don't know if should be bying something better. Recomendations?

This is on an Epiphone PR-4E Accoustic/Electric and its a week old.

Regards,

~Mark


   
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(@blue-jay)
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If the guitar came with light strings, you could go with a new set of mediums. Factory strings if non-brand-name are not always the best anyhow. But Epi's always get about a 17 point inspection Stateside?

Did the weather/temperature warm significantly since you got it? Keep it cooler then, or in a case.

Anyhow, slightly thicker strings should pull the neck up a bit and will unfortunately raise the action, but that may solve the buzzing problem.

Sometimes a particular note rattles a tuner or a truss rod. Check that by detuning or raising the tuning half a pitch, and then fret the 3rd. See if it makes a difference.

The likeliest thing is that you have a higher fret somewhere up on the fretboard and there is a slight collision between the string and the crown of the high fret, which again would call for a little more bow in the neck or a thicker guage of string, unless you can slacken the truss rod just a bit, yourself. Or have it checked under warranty, if convenient.

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(@greybeard)
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Or have it checked under warranty, if convenient.
That would get my vote.

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(@mpjbell)
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Thanks Guys,

I will try to get it back to Guitar Center today

~Mark


   
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(@moonrider)
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There's no way of telling how long the current strings have been on the guitar. It may be simply that the strings have been on for months and months and need changing. I always ask for fresh strings and a check of the setup before I leave the store with the guitar.

If that doesn't correct the problem, then you need to have a tech look at it.

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(@mpjbell)
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Problem solved with a new guitar. They tried fiddling with it but couldn't make it any better

~Mark


   
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(@blue-jay)
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Problem solved with a new guitar. They tried fiddling with it but couldn't make it any better

That's good. :D

Thanks for letting us know.

Good luck with the new guitar and enjoy!

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