6 String Rattle

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by LeoSash, Jan 6, 2013.


  1. LeoSash

    LeoSash

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    So a couple of weeks ago i decided since i barely use my B string, i decided to get a 7 string set for my 6 string set and tune it EADGCF, but now i got bad rattle on most of my strings. I Suspect it's a nut issue because its used to the BEADGC i used for around a year or so.

    However if i were to get a new nut, it wouldn't be much different because all the 6 string nuts are for BEADGC and it would be a waste. Should i maybe bring to someone to have the existing nut filled? or should i just try and get a new nut for my new tuning anyways?
  2. spacebassed

    spacebassed

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    With that string set you'll also have less string tension, so you need a new nut AND a setup/truss rod adjustment if you want the instrument to play properly and intonate correctly.

    Any proficient tech will be able to cut you a new nut.
  3. bassbenj

    bassbenj

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    Did you check your relief? Probably your truss rod needs adjusting because of the difference in the string tension between the two sets.

    It is best to get a properly cut nut when going to smaller strings, but I tuned by Carvin AC50 EADGC for a long time and never bothered to get a new nut and it never gave me any fits. Probably wasn't optimum, but I didn't even have to put pieces of dive bar matchbook covers around the strings to take up the slack.

    I think the problem is the truss rod and relief.
  4. David Jayne

    David Jayne

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    Whoa, whoa, whoa....open strings, or fretted? Both?
  5. Ezmar

    Ezmar

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    Just saying, 6 String Rattle sounds like an old bluegrass tune.

    Might steal the title and write an old bluegrass tune for it. :D

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