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Tele Headstock Harmonics

GBStratman

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I have a CIJ Tele that has annoying harmonics coming from the G-string between the nut and the tuner. It's especially noticeable when hitting the G-string and then palm muting it. The string keeps ringing behind the nut. I've taken to putting a piece of tape on the string behind the nut and this seems to dampen the harmonics, but it looks ugly. Any other ideas?
 

John Phillips

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Change your stringing method to pull the string down at a sharper angle - more string wound on the post. I know this is contrary to the 'best practice' for tuning stability, but I often find it necessary on guitars without a G/D string tree, and if you wind on evenly and tightly while stretching the string constantly, it seems to hold tune well enough.

I had to do this on my '65 Jaguar that I used for several years for the same reason, and even with the G wound down so it was right at the bottom of the taper on the post, it almost never went out of tune.
 

buddastrat

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I bought a used strat and it did it very bad. I tried more winds on the G but it wasn't enough. I was going to use a pony tail tie up there, but that'd look stupid. I elected to get a new nut cut at a better angle and the guy did a great job. No more pinging G string.
 

theraygun

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I had to put a string tree on my G/D on my Baja Tele for the same reason. Took care of it for the most part.
 




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