Weird creaking noise from neck during trem use.

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  1. ILdÐÆMcº³

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    I'm getting a really weird creaking sounds from the neck of my Loomis when I use the trem, either going up or down in pitch. I originally thought it was from the strings, I've never used elixers before, but it really sounds like it's coming directly from the neck.

    Anyone have any insights, this is the first trem guitar I've ever owned so I don't know much about tech issues involving them.

    Thanks for any help.
     
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    Sounds like your strings are not properly sliding through your nut. Did you switch to a heavier Gauge? May need the nut filed a bit. And lubed. You can even use a graphite Pencil to lube it up. This will also cause your guitar to go out of tune as they will catch.
     
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    I did, but it's a locking nut, I don't think they are supposed to slide on it?
     
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    iv had bolt on necks creak.....

    i dunno if the loomis is a bolt on or set?

    if its set then its obviously not gonna be a problem with your neck pocket.... :p

    check that the nut is tight...

    if its not that then it could be a truss rod issue ... and that isnt good...
    unless the truss rods just loose...

    or... its could be your tuners... but its a locking nut... so... i doubt it...

    i reckon.. check that the screws in the locking nut are snugged up....

    :)
     
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    Paul Malmsteen Yngwie Gilbert?

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    I thought that was happening to one of mine too but it turned out the nut was too tight for the string and was locked down too hard. Does it happen with the nut unlocked?
     
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    I have seen the truss rod nut come loose and was rattling before. It's a long shot that this has happened to you but check it out.
     
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    it could also be that your truss rod is sympathetically ratelling with the new string guages.....
     
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    hahaha I am a tool and was not thinking of the fact that it was a locking nut. :)
     
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    ILdÐÆMcº³ SS.org Regular

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    Thanks guys,

    Yeah it's a set neck and I have ruled out the nut now after listening close by it. Also it doesn't sound like rattling as it sound more like wood bending and creaking, it's really an awful sound lol. I don't think it is sympathetic vibrations as it happens when I mute the strings and just use the tremolo.

    The only conclusion I can come to is something is wrong with the truss rod.

    I'm going to take it in to someone, see if it just needs adjusting or if something is more wrong with it. Although I've never had weird noises from a guitar that just needed a truss rod adjustment.
     
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    yea take it to a pro....

    but you gotta come back here and tell us what he dignosed....
    im interested, will help in future
     
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    yep sounds like a sympathetical rateling problem..... you can try something before just to see if it can help... i doubt but try this:

    put a piece of this under the strings in front of the nut... forgot the name, my english is not very good...

    [​IMG]
     
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    maybe... bad trem springs?
     
  13. screamindaemon

    screamindaemon Overlord of Music

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    Yeesh. A Truss rod issue is not something i would look forward to. Hopefully it's just a tension/loosening issue. Taking off the fretboard is a nightmare...

    How cold/dry is your guitar environment? Does the bad sound from your guitar sound close to a creaky floorboard?
     

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