Help my new guitar to sing!

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  1. squeally dan

    squeally dan Member

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    I picked up a Gibson ES-333 and I am finally getting used to the feel of it. One thing I have noticed is that when soloing up the fret board some of the high notes seem to just die. The don't susatain well. The strings are wrapped around the bridge and the neck is set real flat. The action is real low. It feels ok to me, but I was wondering if raising the bridge a bit might help some of those high notes to ring out more. What you think?
     
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    When you string through the STP regular like do the strings lay on the TOM edges? If there is a lot of space between the strings and the TOM maybe overwrapping is hampering those highs.
     
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    tune-o-matic bridge
     
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    Thanks. I played it some more this mornign and it just seems like lots of the high notes below the 12th fret are choked. They don't carry at all. I raised the bridge just a bit and it didn't seem to help. I guess I need to try restringing it the usual way and see if that helps.

    Anybody have any other suggestions?
     
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    Try to restring it, it sounds like you have a dead spot though, I had one on a Les Paul DC.

    Annoyed me so much that I dumped it.
     
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    I would suggest that you go get it set up by a pro. You might have a high fret or you might need to adjust the truss rod.

    I don't have any dead spots on my ES333. I love this guitar.
     
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    One of the things I do when testing a guitar before buying is to see how it sustains above the 12th fret, and particularly above the 17th. While I don't do a lot of playing up there it is quite apparent when the sustain is lacking

    It's a weak point on many instruments.
     
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    I restrung it normally (with the strings not wrapped around the bridge) and the sustain came back. I don't know if it just added some tension or what but it worked.
     

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