April 29th, 2012, 11:26 PM
After getting my guitar set up my D string catches my finger then slips down on the fret and rings out. Is there a technical term for this? And more importantly, can i fix this without getting extreme with the D string?
April 29th, 2012, 11:31 PM
If I understand what you're saying..Use your palm more to mute the strings you dont want ringing out...and/or get "under" the G better...ie..leaving as little finger tip hanging over the G as possible...if that makes sense..haha. ..still happens to me from time to time if Im jumping around and not paying attention..
April 29th, 2012, 11:36 PM
For me at least, there's a fine line when setting up my action. Some players want to go under a string when doing bends. For me, that's just weird. I want to feel the next string rather then go under it. Somehow, you'll need to figure out the best way for you to mute the neighboring strings like Andy mentioned.
April 30th, 2012, 12:34 AM
I have that happen more often with my Tele.. but, every now & then (more than I'd like to admit), it happens on the LP, too. It took me a while to get used to muting on the Tele... The bridge on the LP is more comfortable for me, with that stuff. It definitely takes some getting used to on the Tele.
Practice. Practice. Practice.
April 30th, 2012, 12:40 AM
With me, if I'm bending any string other than high E, I can sort of bend with the pads of my fingers and mute with my tips. So even if the next string snaps down, it usually will just click, rather than ring foul.
The high E is a problem for me because it's on the edge of the fretboard, and I tend to finger with my fingertips, so I actually make it a bit lower in height so that I can slide up under the B string.
May 1st, 2012, 09:35 PM
You could try a new hand position and try to make sure your finger isn't too flat on the strings. You may just need some more practice and improve your finger strength. Keep practicing and trust me it'll get much easier.
May 2nd, 2012, 02:12 AM
or raise the action til you can get under it . . .
May 2nd, 2012, 05:01 PM
Texas TWang, you may not be accustomed to the setup....or the set-up may be incorrect. IF the radius at the bridge is flat compared to the fretboard's radius, then the D will be lower than it should be and more susceptible to the type of reaction to your bending of the G string. OR.....the tech might have set the bass side of the guitar up lower than it should be in relation to the treble strings, and this situation will also put the D at a lower action than it should be.
IF you want, take some measurements for each string at the 12th fret and post them. Measure from the top of the fret to the bottom of the string. An inexpensive 6-inch rule will do the job. Measure in 64ths of an inch.
this will tell me if this aspect of the set-up was correct or not. You can also feel whether the set-up is correct or not.....the 'feel' of the action should be the same for each of these strings at the same fret. IN fact, the 'feel' for all fretting positions should be the same. IF the bass side has been left low, the lower strings will feel 'lighter' or easier to fret than the treble side....and those lower strings will exhibit more fret rattle wiht the same pick attack than do the higher strings. IF the radius was left 'flat', then the inside strings will feel 'lighter' than the outside strings....and also exhibit more fret rattle than the strings to the outside of the 'board.
I don't see to many correct set-ups. I do see folks spending quite a bit of money for someone to maladjust a guitar.
May 4th, 2012, 03:02 AM
just got my baja back today. the strings were adjusted exactly to the radius of the neck, and to the measurements on the fender website for vintage style from what i understand. the relief is at .12 which is where fender says it should be on a vintage neck as well. i don't have this problem anymore, also, its really easy to barr the first fret with it like this. chords seem to be real easy to play, but leads are little more tricky.
the action seems really high, but it's nothing as a rythim/chord player i cant deal with. i can actually see the pay off now for med / high action. but i dont think .12 would be considered high.
and thanks wally! i think i'll take your advise and measure my set up and post it:)