Dissonant resonance

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  1. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    If it's certain notes anywhere on the neck, it's some sort of sympathetic vibration.
    If it happens with an A note, you might try touching all around the guitar with a vibrating tuning fork and see if you can set off the vibration.
     
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    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Did you try damping the strings behind the nut?
     
  3. benjamintele

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    Thanks for the reply. It seems to be most notes, like there’s another sound occurring along with the actual note/string. Almost sounds like I’ve got a subtle overdrive switched on but acoustically!
     
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    Thought about swapping the neck for process of elimination but apparently these American ASATs use a different neck size/spec!!
     
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    If you haven't checked yet.
    Make sure nut is not loose or any frets for that matter or any binding if any. Pots and output jack switch. Machine heads. You probably checked and tightened all this as you mentioned anything with screws but just in case.
    Not much else on a tele that hasn't already been mentioned I don't think.
    You could try totally slackening the neck and then putting it back a bunch of times and maybe the truss rod will move a bit in relation to where it is on it's anchor.
     
  6. Warren Pederson

    Warren Pederson Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I've had a truss rod with too much slack causing an annoying buzz rattle. A wee turn and all better, took me ages to figure it out though.
     
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    Benjamin, if you have a spare Fender style 3 barrel bridge assembly, swap that out for the 6 "hammer" saddle bridge that the ASAT Classic uses. This Classic bridge is far better executed than the old 1960s 6 "hammer" bridge (steel saddles) that FMIC used, but it still can sometimes have the same type of inherent issues. If the R + R of the 3 barrel for the 6 "hammer" doesn't work, also make sure the base plate on your MFD single coil G + L bridge pickup is well attached. They can work loose, and while Squeal is the most common symptom, other things can happen also.

    Btw, don't cinch things down super hard. Once pieces start getting distorted by over-torquing, then more problems can assert themselves.
     
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    A few more things to try:

    Tie a bar towel around the headstock to dampen the strings between the nut and the tuner and see if that makes the issue go away.

    Check the tuners' hardware to ensure everything is snug.

    Take the guitar and amp somewhere else in the house and see if the problem still exists. I've seen things like metal fireplace doors buzz and make the player assume it's the guitar or amp.
     
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    Been a few weeks but thought I’d post an update...

    Took the guitar to a luthier and we diagnosed the issue to being flat frets. It seems the previous owner of this guitar has had the crowns of all frets taken down to be almost Gibson style flat. This obviously makes way for some horrible string sitar like rattling to occur.

    It means a refret but at least it’s cheaper than a new neck, which after speaking with G&L would cost starting upwards of $500!

    Thanks again for the suggestions!
     
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