I'm trying to set up my partscaster Tele (MJT body, Warmoth neck, 10-16" compound radius). The problem is that the low E buzzes too much when fretted (no buzz when strummed open). Even when I use a softer attack I still get buzz. The A also has a bit of buzz when fretted but it's an amount I can live with.
Initially there was not much neck relief, so I've gradually added relief and raised the saddles in an attempt to reduce the buzz. Now the neck relief and action are pretty high and still there's buzz. I'm not sure where to go from here. Here are the specs I'm measuring.
My numbers seem high compared to Fender's suggested baseline specs. I understand that every player is different and that it's okay not to follow these baseline specs, but isn't 0.018" relief and 8/64ths on the low E pretty dang high, plus the fact that it still buzzes a lot? I guess I could be playing with an incredibly hard attack but I really don't think that's the case.
- Relief - 0.018" (measured by capo-ing the first fret, fretting the 21st fret, and using the biggest feeler gauge at the 8th fret that doesn't nudge the low E string)
- Action on low E - 8/64ths (measured at 17th fret)
- Action on high E - 5/64ths (measure at 17th fret)
Jason, I just reread your first post and noticed that you used a Warmoth neck. Did you happen to level and dress the frets before you did anything else? In an interview in American Lutherie magazine Ken Warmoth said they expect users of their necks to touch up the frets but he admits that most don't. That is a little trickier with a compound radius board but still should be done.
It is also worth while doing the "next fret clearance" test before you go any farther. That can tell you a lot about relief and action and several other potential problems.