Buzzing problem after removing neck

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  1. danadig

    danadig TDPRI Member

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    Hey everyone,

    So I took off the neck of my strat to install a new loaded pickguard. The neck was off the guitar for about 3 days. I just put everything back together last night, and I'm experiencing buzzing on the low E string on pretty much every fret.

    Any ideas or solutions? Everything was perfect before that, and I got a professional setup done last summer when I purchased the guitar.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Rockdog

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    First, I have to ask: why did you need to remove the neck to change the pickguard?

    Sight unseen, my guess is the neck is out of alignment. The more you remove and reattach a bolt-on neck, the greater risk of misalignment as the screw holes wear out. I've learned this the hard way. Now I never reattach a neck until I've given the screw threads a little beeswax treatment.
     
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    Weather and lack of tention. Bet it goes away in a low humidity environment.
     
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    It most likely threw neck relief off and truss rod need to be adjust to get back to where it should be. Also make sure the neck is fully seated in the bottom of the pocket.
     
  5. Asmith

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    before trying anything id give it a few days chances are removing tension off the neck allowed the neck to decrease its relief. Now the strings are back on it'll probably settle back to normal. My advice would be to just avoid removing the neck and just swap strings when changing electronics, you probably spent $100+ on a loaded Strat guard what's another $5 on strings?
     
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    If you don't have the screws all the way down, this will happen. Make sure the neck screws are all fully tightened and pulling the neck all the way down into the pocket.
     
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    Did a shim fall out of the pocket when you took the neck off ? Maybe the neck was shimmed
     
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    I was thinking the same.

    I have a 22-fret Strat and you can’t get the pickguard off without removing the neck. If it’s routed for single coils, then you can’t just lift the bridge end and slide the pickguard out from under the neck.
     
  9. Nick Fanis

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    You left the neck without tension for three days.Wait a few days until it comes back to were it was ;)
    If it doesn't simply add a bit of relief.
    You DO know how to measure relief in order to understand if this is the problem don't you?
     
  10. beagle

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    Loosen the neck a little under string tension, it will pull more tightly into the neck pocket. Make any adjustment necessary to realign the strings, retighten and go from there.
     
  11. Ricky D.

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    If none of the suggestions above solve the problem, your neck screws may be binding in the body. You need clearance holes in the body to allow the neck screws to pull it in tight against the floor of the pocket. If the neck screws don't drop in and spin easily in the body, drill the holes out to 11/64". Fender made a lot of guitars with this problem.
     
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    Lost shim? Also, be carefull tightening the neck screws, dont tighten any very tight to start. If you tighten both at one end too tight, then the other end may not pull down flat fully. Holes in body should allow screws to turn free also.
     
  13. kingvox

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    I'll vouch for the fact that the screws should not be threading into the body. They should pass through, and only screw into the heel of the neck.

    This is one of the most common issues with replacing necks after removing them: the neck pocket holes aren't cleared, and the screws actually thread into the body.

    I always clear the holes in the neck pocket on any guitar I work on. Guarantees that when you put the neck back on nothing funny will happen.

    And of course, be sure to tighten the screws in diagonal order.
     
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