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50 years playing and never had this issue

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  1. Big Jim

    Big Jim New Member!

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    Four weeks ago my 2018 fender professional strat’s 1st E and B strings after playing for about 1/2 hour sporadicly started stiffening up and twangs in the open position and the longer I play the more difficult it is to bend the strings. The strings stay in tune. My luthier who builds guitars and works on guitars for Quinn Sullivan, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and others checked out the start from head toe and said all parts are perfectly setup and functioning. We changed out the strings made by different companies a few times but the problem persists. The luthier thinks it may be a humidity problem. My music room is currently at 40 percent humidity. I have 14 guitars and none of them ever had this problem. Has any experienced this issue.
     
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    nutball73 Senior Stratmaster

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    String tree? It’s possible the string tree has developed grooves in it. These can cause “banjoing” and I suppose could bind a bit making bending harder.

    I recently had a similar issue with a guitar, though in this case it was the zero fret had a small nick that needed polishing out.

    Having said that, one of my strats makes a rattling noise on one string and I’ve never been able to locate it either...
     
  3. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Senior Stratmaster

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    How long have you been playing guitar? If the strings stay in tune, their tension is not changing, so I'm suspecting the problem is that your fingers are getting tired.
     
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  4. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Gold Member

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    Does the twanging occur plugged in and unplugged?

    Also... Welcome to the Strat-talk (kind of). I am a little confused on 2 post in 2.5 years. BUT... I do not think I Welcomed you before so there it is.
     
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    roadhog96 Senior Stratmaster

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    I do know the older you get the more strange things start happening to you, could be one of those strange things.
     
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  6. Big Jim

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    I purchased the strat new in April 2019 and haven’t played it a lot. The string trees are like new.
     
  7. Big Jim

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    I’ve been playing for 50 years. Trust me...it’s not my fingers.
     
  8. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit is no longer legal tender Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Then it must be aliens. ;)
     
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    Triple Jim Senior Stratmaster

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    Do others who play it notice it gets harder to bend the B and e strings after half an hour?

    Do you find that when playing different guitars you do not have this problem?
     
  10. Big Jim

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    Happens when and not when plugged in. Thanks for the welcome. The strat is still under warranty. I am bringing it back to GC and I suspect the guitar may not act up for them. It is like going to a dentist because of a tooth ache but when you get there the ache is gone and the dentist can’t find the problem...then you go home and it starts up again.
     
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    I let another guitarist play it 2 days ago during band practice and he noticed it as well. When the issue occurs it is very noticeable to the ear and feel. None of my other guitars (a strat, tele, es335, les Paul, and Martin acoustics) has this problem.
     
  12. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm starting to think that @Thrup'ny Bit has the answer.
     
  13. Big Jim

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    And I thought “may the force be with you “ was meant to be on my side!
     
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    Unless the tuner is tightening or the tree is pulling down more on the string there is no way tension increases. Also as metal is bent and strummed it actually weakens from fatigue, it does not stiffen. If these were wound strings I would say gunk is building up in the windings and increasing the mass of the string. I’m sorry but I cannot see any actual way short of these increasing the tension after playing. It has to be fatigue in your fingers.
     
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    Paperback Rocker Let's Boogie Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Is your bridge floating or decked?
     
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    Dumb question here but have you changed the strings recently?
    Edit : I just reread your post about changing strings :D
     
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    Someone probably already said it, but check your saddles (for the twang anyways), and did you restring it?
     
  18. Big Jim

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    How could it be finger fatigue when the problem also happens on the E and B strings when playing the open strings individually or playing a first position E chord?
     
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    The saddles are perfect and were checked before and after changing the strings.
     
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    Noticeable "to the ear" is what needs to be expanded upon. What do you mean?
     
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