Help with my Les Paul set up?

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  1. Vishnu

    Vishnu Member

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    LP Historic '58 2014

    010 neck relief, standard action & 10 gauge strings

    starting on fret 2, G string, there is an audible metallic Zinnng... (loudest @ fret 2) not through the amp though

    the neighbouring D string is guilty too for the most part

    I have checked the clearance on the pick up surrounds and PUPs themselves and all appears fine here....I can't actually pinpoint the Ziing but it sounds like it is coming from the fret board or pick up area

    my hearing is not what it once was so troubleshooting is difficult to say the least

    I have ear fatigue from trying to suss out the exact area of zingage :)

    when playing a note I think the zing stops around the 10th or 11th fret on the G string....my ears are shot tonight......and a similar fret but not exact for the D string.....

    does this sound like a "proud" fret to you fellas?

    the zing is giving me some serious apoplexy.....you know what it's like folks

    any thought/tips?
     
  2. Spuddy

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    Check your neck relief,nut action and bridge height to specs first. Then see what happens.
     
  3. Vishnu

    Vishnu Member

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    thanks Bro.....that's all kinda OK........^

    anyone else guys?
     
  4. redgold

    redgold Supporting Member

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    If it's not audible through the amp it may be a sympathetic vibration somewhere? Try touching the plastics (rings and pickgaurd) to see if you can get it to stop.

    Otherwise it may be a fret issue. Are your frets showing wear?
     
  5. deadbeat son

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    Do you have a fret rocker?
     
  6. Vishnu

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    What is "standard action"?
     
  9. Pedro58

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    Sounds like a high fret.
     
  10. KSL

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    It's a common issue on a lot of LPs. Not opinion but rather from my experience with the hundred or so les Paul that I've seen and played.

    It's due to the nut slot being cut too deep. The solution is to get a new nut and fret level, things that the majority of the pre 2014-15 les Pauls need.

    Adding more relief or raising your action is not the solution as the guitar should be able to play the way you want it to.
     
  11. Bogner

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    My guess is a nut issue or high fret.
     
  12. KSL

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    Most LP when set under 4/64", measured above the 12th fret, and a near dead straight neck will exhibit this issue.
     
  13. Vishnu

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    the nut looks fine Bro....some clearance under string at 1st fret when testing for 1st fret clearance technique thingy
     
  14. BADHAK

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    I have a 02 LP Std + that does that ,but because I don't hear it through the amp it doesn't bother me at all.
     
  15. KSL

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    Hmm...


    Good to hear I guess but now I'm intrigued..

    I too have the nut depth tool as well as other tools... (I don't really use them and they are sort of useless for me 90% of the time.)

    My les Paul and stewmac goodies...

    [​IMG]

     
  16. Jason_77

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    We still need to know what your action actually is.
     
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    Check the front of the saddle slots for burrs. You might just have to fold up a piece of 400 - 600 grit sandpaper and lightly polish the slots.
     
  18. stratter

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    I'd make sure everything's screwed in tight and I would check the saddles
     
  19. agquake

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    Check the saddle and the saddle slot.
     
  20. Wayne Alexander

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    If the frets aren't level nothing else will fix this.
     
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