Third unwound string rattles

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  1. 8barlouie

    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I have a Tele whose third string rattles like a broken kazoo no matter how or where I play it including open. Funny thing is, my DRRI and my THR10C is deaf to it. It only happens when the guitar is unplugged. I guess it shouldn’t bother me, but I’m gonna drive myself crazy not knowing what is causing it. Any ideas?
     
  2. unixfish

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    What bridge is on the Tele?

    My guess is it is something on the bridge rattling - if you have individual saddles, I would check that.

    I assume the third rattles regardless of what fret you are playing - right?
     
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  3. esseff

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    Have you got strap locks fitted without the straps? That was the cause of one of my guitars giving the same problem. Sympathetic resonations were causing the rattling. Took ages to trace it.
     
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    I have a Rutters three barrel Vintage style bridge with brass saddles. Yes, it does happen all along the fretboard. I’ve even tried tapping on each end of the barre with a rubber mallet.
     
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    Aaah, so! I hadn’t considered that possibility. Thanks I’ll check into that.
     
  6. dickey

    dickey Tele-Afflicted

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    If it doesn't happen when the guitar is plugged in, why worry about it?
     
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    Just because!
     
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    I too would first look to the saddle.
    But if that is a dead end,
    Do you have 2 string trees on this guitar?

    If only one, try pressing down slightly on the ringing string, ( you are talking of the G yes?)
    Behind the nut.

    What can happen is if the string is wrapped in a way at the tuner that gives too shallow a break angle,
    The string rattles off the sides of the back of the nut slot.
    Normally it occurs as an unpleasant ringing along the string,
    More obvious with hard, open picking,
    But can be heard while fretting as well.

    Hard to explain in words,
    But if applying down pressure on the string behind the nut cures the problem,
    Simply restring, and give the string a good 4 wraps around the tuner post.
     
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  9. ecoast

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    maybe nut
     
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    magicfingers99 Tele-Afflicted

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    if the nut slot is too wide it might be vibrating in the slot rather than being taut and vibrating after the nut.
     
  11. magicfingers99

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    could also be a loose truss rod cover..
     
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  12. cincyguitarplay

    cincyguitarplay Tele-Meister

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    I had the open G string rattle like crazy on my LP...I think the nut was causing it....I tried a heavier gauge string and that stopped it...
     
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