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Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by marklk, Nov 3, 2017.
It's a hollow body...no springs.
I am curious as to if the situation has been fixed. @marklk
Can't tell from your pics................ what brand/model of guitar is this?
If you are asking about the OP's guitar it's an Ibanez Artcore AF71F
OK.................. then I'm 'out'.
I don't know squat about setting up Ibanez gits. In fact, I only know half-squat about Strats and LP's.
I checked for anything loose and ordered new thicker strings. Hopefully they are here tomorrow and I'll get them on this weekend.
I'll make sure to update. Thanks again everyone for the help.
you don't have a ceiling fan on do you?
I had a similar issue as yours and the ceiling fan was causing the problem. kind of a Leslie effect but made it sound kind of buzzy
I'm going to go with something other than the string/neck/frets (it appears the OP had addressed those issues). I have worked on several archtops over the years (all acoustic) and the trapeze style tailpieces are often a source of buzzes, esp. at lower frequencies. Floating pickguards can be an issue. Occasionally I've 'buffered' all the contact points with thin rubber 'gaskets' wherever there is a metal bracket, etc. Slipping a bit of rag or cloth underneath the pickguard can identify an otherwise invisible contact point. If the cloth won't pass completely under, lift it a bit and then let it drop onto the cloth...see if it still buzzes, etc.
A quick way to tell if you have a string buzzing in the trapeze tailpiece is to weave a bit of yarn or felt or rubber-bands between the strings between the bridge and tailpiece. I've used elect. tape rolled up and wedged between the strings there also. Whatever...you just need to have something in there to damp the vibrations.
I've never worked on one with a floating pickup, but I imagine that anywhere the pickup and the pickguard might touch (or be close) needs to be checked, etc.
No ceiling fan and the buzzing has occurred in multiple settings but I am looking for everything so thanks for the suggestion.
There is some buzz happening around the pickgaurd but it is different and quieter than what I perceive as the fret buzz I've just been to focused on the fret buzz to address the other buzz. Who knows maybe they are related and I should sort that out first.
I've been sick and am traveling for work the next few days so I haven't worked on it much lately. Thanks for the tips on the tailpiece I will try them all out as soon as I get a chance.
Thank you everyone who chipped in. I wanted to give an update. Too often I see threads end, likely, because the op figured it out but never reports back. It seems as though the larger gauge strings did the trick. Someone had suggested this early on but I had moved from 9 to 10s already. Apparently that wasn't enough.
I wonder if this is because the extra resonance of the arch-top? I never had an issue with simi hollows. I didn't measure the current action but it feels somewhere between my electrics and acoustics. I haven't gotten it back to my friend yet but I'm eager to see what he thinks.
When I changed the strings I did slightly move the floating bridge so that may have contributed also. Just a mm or two back and maybe half a mm down.