String height?

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  1. Metal671

    Metal671 Active Member

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    What string height is good for an original floyd bridge?
    I'm trying to get my neck straight with a little bow, but I keep getting fret buzz. It's stressing me out :mad: :wallbash: :noplease:
     
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    pushpull7 Banned

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    When I see videos of guys like Richie Kotzen, I can totally hear fret buzz (by my standards) on the 6 string. So the key is for your style, what is "too much".

    About 1.5mm 6th and about 1.2mm 1st seems to be about right for me. Neck, pretty straight.
     
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    When my neck is pretty straight, my 6th measures at 1.8 and my 1st at 1.5 at the twelfth fret and I still hear buzz. When I raise up my bridge and try to get it at 2 mm on my 6th and 1st (my personal preference) I get less buzz, but when I play the 20-24 frets it gets too high. It's about 3.1 mm on the 24th.
     
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    Hmmmmmmmmm. That's a bit higher. Well, I get some buzz at the mentioned height, but amplified it's not super noticeable.
     
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    Hollowway Extended Ranger

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    Whether it's a Floyd or a hardtail is irrelevant. I'd stop moving the bridge up and down and start with a fresh setup. I won't go through it in detail here, cuz there are oodles of step-by-steps online. But basically you need to check the nut height, check the neck straightness, then adjust the bridge, and make sure you don't need to shim/unshim the neck pocket. I have my Floyds at 1.0mm at the 12th for the high E, so there's no reason you can't get there.
     
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    Yo_Wattup Kick the Butterfly

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    Are you guys measuring from 12th fret? I'd have thought thats a bit high? Thats the sort of measurements I get on my bass... on guitar I dont think It would be over 1mm :scratch:
     
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    I've found off the 24th fret 2mm of the low E and 1.5mm off the high e with a dead straight neck. ~0.8mm off the first fret with a ~ 5 step pull up on the trem works well with 9-42's on a 25.5" scale. You could run that with 10-46's also. What axe? Scale length etc? How old? You may need fret work done as well as a nut shimm? Also what tunings? Acoustic buzz or amplified? Clean or dirty? There are a lot of variables that influence buzz. It may be worth getting a luthier to do a fret level and dress thenn a propper setup. Keep in mind if you want to go lower than the above you may start fretting out on big pulls. More info would be great!
     

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