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(@ghostnoter)
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Hi

I was wondering if anyone could please help in finding out why when i pluck my low E string it makes a weird whoooooing soun its only just started and ive never come across it before, thanks.

EDIT: just thought id add that it is coming from the brindge, where the strings go through.


   
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(@dogbite)
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details.
acoustic
electric
gauge strings
six tuners on one side
three and three
???
that would help.

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(@ghostnoter)
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Electric
Regular Slinkys
strat copy so i think thats yes for tuners on one side


   
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(@dogbite)
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very much like my guitar except for that noise. how strange. are you plugged into an amp?

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(@ghostnoter)
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nope i only notice it when im not plugged in


   
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(@dogbite)
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that is a hard one. vibration somehow.not being there it is impossible to say for sure.

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(@ghostnoter)
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ok kl, thanks for help anyway


   
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(@misanthrope)
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What type of bridge is it? I've seen the saddles on a tune-o-matic style bridge get loose, and then they vibrated enough to make a noise. It was a bit like a mosquito hum. I don't have a tune-o-matic myself though, this was on a friend's old beater, so I can't say if it's common or not.

Also, check to see how close the string is to the pickup relative to another guitar if you can. If it gets too close, you get a noise similar to the one you've described - although I don't think it's that as you'd hear that through the amp.

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(@dogbite)
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just had a thought. since it is the low E string, big and heavy, perhaps it is vibrating something. like the pick guard hollow.
reaching here.

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(@ghostnoter)
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hmmmm, thank you for all of your help, should i take to my local guitar shop and ask them?


   
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(@dogbite)
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hmmmm, thank you for all of your help, should i take to my local guitar shop and ask them?

plugged in and amplified electric guitars sound different than they do unplugged....of course, what I want to say is that sometimes strange noises are not present when amplified.
by all means run the guitar to a shop tech. n
then let us know what you learn of theis mystery.
I am curious.

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(@demoetc)
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Maybe the trem springs is vibrating along with the note? I have a little of that on my Strat, but it's more like a built-in reverb than a whooo sound. There's so many parts in a trem unit; the block could be slightly loose; there could be a vibration coming from one of the pivot holes/screws; one of the allen screws on the E-string's saddle could be further in than the other, causing the saddle to 'lean' against the next one. If there was a recent string-change any of these parts could have moved slightly because the string wasn't holding them in place, and now one of them is only partway back the way it was.

Could even be that the trem bar is loose.


   
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(@ghostnoter)
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hmm, i removed my trem bar , about two days after i noticed it, ill try and go to my local shop, ill tell you all when i find out.

Thanks for the help, ill check out the screws on the bridge tonight


   
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(@lunchmeat)
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Sounds like natural resonance, to me. Something (not the body of your guitar) is vibrating along with the string at its resonant frequency. If it's a whoo sound, it's probably metallic...however, if it's failry loud, it might not be your bridge screws (as they're fiarly small). Check all metallic parts on your guitar. Just because it doesn't happen on other strings doesn't mean that it's not a problem - something is loose, and the frequency of that E string (or the frequencies of its harmonics) is making it noticable.

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