the greypicker wrote:Hi JFK
Never heard of a truss rod slipping.
I always find this link really useful when trying to eliminate the causes of buzzing and rattling.
http://www.frets.com/FRETSPages/Luthier ... zlist.html
If you are playing hard, regularly, maybe the strings are beginning to wear? If the issue is frets 1-5, it might well be the nut. Another possibility could be a loose brace.
I hear that the humidity in Hawaii is relatively high, so I suppose a new wooden guitar from Eastern Europe may well need some adjustment after a long arduous journey.
A great thing about this forum is that Jim(JB) from Avalon drops in most days and is a fount of wisdom on all guitar issues. No doubt he will be along shortly.
Good luck in solving the problem.
Thanks for your quick and informative reply. the link is outstanding and I will get to work on this today. Sorry if my nickname confused you, I am from Hawaii but recently settled in the Bluegrass of Kentucky.
I will start over and systematically start taking measurements with new (tuned) strings. A quick check did show I had reasonable relief in the neck. Now on to new strings and rechecking the relief and then the action starting with the saddle. If new strings and correct action at the saddle does not take care of the buzz I will turn my attention to the nut. I am fairly sure that there are no loose braces. But I will use the guide you provided to leave no stone unturned.
More to follow.
JB wrote:The guitar will have been set for D'Addario EXP16's 12-53 gauge, it the gauge of string you're using now is not the same then the neck may well have straightened slightly.
Hold the string down at the 1st and 13th fret and check for a gap between the string and the top of the 7th fret ... there should be a small gap, enough to get a slip of paper through. If you don't see a gap then the neck is too straight and a truss-rod adjustment may be needed for the lighter strings.
edit : Hawaii can be a troublesome spot with humidity, remember you want the levels to be in the region of 45 - 65% to be safe.
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