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Guitar set-up

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I bought my electric guitar about 4 months ago and I have some little problem on it.

Some buzzing sound when I play open string, the action seems higher than it was at first and the 3rd string doesn't seem to sound right (bridge problem, my teacher told me to put graphit but it didn't helped)

So I was wondering if I should pay for a professional adjustment? Probably yes, but how much does it costs?

And will it last? Cause it's pretty dry with the winter that is already here in Montreal and I guess the neck will change again when I'll come back home.. (?)

Or should I try by myself to change the action of my guitar? Which I never did before..

And how often does it recommend to get a guitar set-up?


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I knew which guitar I wanted, but when I found one at the right price, I just bought it without playing it instore. After my first weekend with it, I found it to be quite buzzy and the "B" string just fretted out at the first fret when played open. I took it back and they did a setup (including new strings) for free. That might be an option for you.


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Is that your guitar in the avitar? It looks like a fixed bridge. Pardon my eyesight if it's not. Not that hard to do though. A GN'er who used to post quite a bit has a pretty decent site with instructions. I've given it a whirl a few times. About $10 for a set of feeler guages is about all you need that isn't common in most house-hold tool kits. Your guitar should have come with the truss-rod screwdriver thingy.

An example of what feeler gauges are:

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