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Old 04-27-2009, 09:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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rattle on my guitar

is this normal??
can i make it stop???
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There are a lot of potential causes for a buzz or rattle, and almost all of them are in some way related to your guitar's setup.

Did you attempt to adjust the neck or bridge? Although these procedures aren't overly difficult, they do take a bit of practice to get right, and are easy for a beginner to screw up. The good news is that barring catastrophic ineptitude, any problems caused by improper setup are easy to fix.

If you want a conclusive diagnosis, you'll need to take the guitar to a qualified tech or luthier. It's a good idea for all guitarists of any skill level to find a competent tech; not only can he (or she!) take care of things like neck/bridge/nut adjustments, he can also provide advice and insight towards your instrument.

Get thee to a shop. Have it looked at. It won't cost much, even.
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 04-28-2009, 01:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If the truss rod is broken or the nut is worn after a month of use, I'd be demanding my money back.

Seriously, get it looked at by a pro. I generally consider a proper setup as part and parcel of the whole new instrument thing anyway. It's a good idea to have everything adjusted regularly.

Guitars are fairly common, and as a result seem to get neglected. If you take care of your instruments, they'll take care of you. Guitars need maintenance regularly, just like anything else.
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Old 04-28-2009, 04:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Could be your truss rod like the above mentioned. Or warped neck but not likely.

Could also be your bridge saddles sitting to low or the thingy your strings rest on at the headstock ( might be worn to low in the groove that the string is vibrating from)

Or could be a fret sitting to high, probably near the headstock.

Or it just could be because it is an Ibanez and not a Les Paul. (I'm only half kidding)
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:33 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I got a lot of buzz like that when my bass strings were too high. Without knowing what I was doing, I raised them to try to alleviate the problem and made it worse. Try lowering them a turn or two of the wrench and see what happens.
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