New Tele a little sitarish

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  1. T-Rey

    T-Rey StealYourFace Silver Member

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    Got the new LPB Player Tele from UPS today. Brought it in the office and couldn't wait for it to acclimate of course. I took it out and started playing and it feels and looks so good! The only thing is the low E and G both sounded like a sitar. I boxed everything back up and left it in the AC at the office. I figured I'd leave it overnight to acclimate since it's very humid here in the South right now and it came from NY. The wood grain on the maple fretboard is pretty terrific! If it's still sounding sitarish tomorrow, I may try a slight truss rod adjustment just to see if the change in climate may have given it a back bow maybe? Hopefully and likely an easily correctable problem if any. It sure is a pretty one and the fret ends are awesome, just like my Player Strat. I hope it's a keeper.
     
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    Could be an issue with the nut slot, which a truss rod adjustment won’t fix.
     
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    T-Rey StealYourFace Silver Member

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    It may be that as well. If it is, I may well send it back as it's brand new. I don't know how to file a nut or have nut files. I don't know if an authorized Fender dealer like GC may look at it? I don't know how Fender's warranty repairs go really. They may just tell me to send it back to the Adorama.
     
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    If it has the same sound at the last (21/22) fret, it's a bridge-saddle issue. If it goes away when you fret any note on the string, it's a nut issue. If you raise up the saddle(s) and it still does it, it might be the neck (action, relief, frets, etc), or possibly the saddle.
     
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    T-Rey StealYourFace Silver Member

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    My bad! Didn't realize there was a Tele forum here. Guess I should have put this thread there.
     
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    T-Rey StealYourFace Silver Member

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    Thanks for the info! I will check it out when I get to the office in the morning and see what's up with it.
     
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    Also make sure it's tuned to proper pitch. Most guitars are set up with A=440. Lower can cause issues (perhaps correctable, but just not a setup match).
     
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    T-Rey StealYourFace Silver Member

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    I was at the office so I just used the Fender Tune app on my phone. Sounded like the right pitch to my earhole..
     
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    Nut and / or bridge saddles.
     
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    Hard to diagnose remotely.
    Do those strings buzz where ever you play along the neck?
     
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    T-Rey StealYourFace Silver Member

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    Took the Tele to GC because they are the authorized Fender warranty center where I live. The tech said it was a bad nut. He said it actually looked as though they had mistakingly used a LH nut to him because of the direction of the slope. The nut is being replaced under warranty. So happy I get to keep this one instead of sending it back! I'll post pics when I get it back. It's a beauty!
     
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    With on it needs a new nut..
    Saddles should tilt backwards compared to string level.
     
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    Are the saddles brass? This was always my problem with brass saddles, eventually the e and b strings would cut enough of a groove in the relatively soft metal to make this happen.
     
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    Good point, if its all over the neck, or gets worse the higher the fretting, its most likely a saddle issue.
     
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    Oh hey, if its the modern six saddle bridge with each saddle having two adjusting grub screws, make sure both screws are well seated and making full contact with the bridge plate. That buzzing sitar thing can also be a function of one the screws not fully contacting the bridge plate.
     
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    I was hoping for a
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    It wasn't buzzing when fretted so it's a nut issue. That's definitely good to know for future reference though! Thanks!
     
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    Never mind...
     
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    I hope they don’t ruin your guitar. I wish you all the best.
     
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    Fortunately, they have a tech who is Gold level Fender certified according to the Fender rep I spoke with this morning. Their tech is a badass! He's very well respected around here.
     
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