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fredramsey
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So on a Traveler Speedster electric guitar, when I pick the high E string, the low E string vibrates really bad. I'm sure it happens to a certain extent on all guitars, but this one is particularly bad.

Any ideas on how to cut down/stop it?

Thanks.

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fredramsey
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Try to tune it and see if that goes away?

Not sure I follow you. Tune it off of "E"?

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fredramsey
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Use a chromatic tuner on the low e string. and see if that fixes it.

It is in tune, I use a chromatic every time I take it out.
and if not try to tighten your low e tuning peg "could be loose and could cause the vibration"

I'll definitely check that out.

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fredramsey
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And other will chime in as soon as they wake up :)

May be more helpful then I can be.

You've been quite helpful! I just wish I wasn't at work so I could check those tuners...

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I'm not clear on what's going on. String are supposed to vibrate when you pick them. ;)

Can you better describe what you're hearing? A buzzing against the frets, perhaps? Or a rattle at the bridge? Also, does it happen all the time, played "open" as well as fretted? And does it do it at every fret?

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fredramsey
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I'm not clear on what's going on. String are supposed to vibrate when you pick them. ;)

Can you better describe what you're hearing? A buzzing against the frets, perhaps? Or a rattle at the bridge? Also, does it happen all the time, played "open" as well as fretted? And does it do it at every fret?

When I pick the high E string, the low E string vibrates really bad.

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Ricochet
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It's supposed to. They're both tuned to E.

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slejhamer
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Ah, missed that.

Sounds like "sympathetic vibration." More or less normal, I think, and as Ric said.

In fact, all of your strings are probably vibrating to some degree, just not as much as the low E for some reason.

Does it sound bad? If you're getting a weird oscillating sound from the other string, there could be an intonation problem.

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fredramsey
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It's just really strong. If I immediately mute the high E string, the low E string continues to vibrate... a lot. I know since they are both E this is going to happen to a certain extent, it's just that it seems a lot worse on this particular guitar.

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One E is probably close to a resonant frequency of that guitar's neck and body.

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Try lowering your pickups on the bass side. When your pickups are too close to the strings, but especially the bass strings you will get what I call "boom", especially the neck pickup. Sorry, but that is the best way I can describe it. The bass E string will sound much louder than the other strings. You will hear lots of wobble as well, chords can sound very bad. I always adjust my pickups to get rid of any bass boom. I also play notes on the high B and high E strings and try to match the volume to the bass strings. My pickups are slightly higher and closer to the strings on the treble side.

Most pickups adjust with small phillip-head screws on the end of the pickup. Lower the pickup just enough to get rid of the bass boom.

On my Epiphone Casino I recently bought, you cannot adjust the height of the P-90 pickups. In this case, I lower or raise the actual posts for each string on the pickup. You will see the small screwdriver slot. Don't be afraid to turn them, that is what the slot is for, to adjust the height.

Hope that helps.

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