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Fretless buzz at 5th fret "D" string

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by kirkdickinson, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. kirkdickinson

    kirkdickinson Supporting Member

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    I have a Michael Kelly Dragonfly fretless. When I got it the guy at the store set it up for me. I told him that I like very low action.

    I like it but there is buzz that I can't control by changing finger pressure when I play the G at the 5th fret position on the "D" string. Buzz is strong at that one place, also weak at Ab, but I can control that by firmly fretting with the less meaty part of my finger.

    I can't figure out if this needs more relief or less? If it was buzzing before the 5th, I would think, more relief and if it was buzzing in the middle, it would need less.

    Which is it? Or does it need higher action.

    Kirk
  2. FretlessMainly

    FretlessMainly

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    If it's just that one spot, relief doesn't sound like the answer to me. It's possibly a slight inconsistency in the plane of the fingerboard just bridge-side of the note G (and Ab). You might try a bit of 0000 steel wool to see if you can even out the board, but you can get yourself into trouble pretty quickly if you over-do it or if the problem is something else.

    I'm not sure what type of bridge it has, but if you can raise the action just on the D to see if the buzz goes away, that might pinpoint that it is a discrete high point on the board. If you have to raise the whole bridge, so it be it - it's just a trouble-shoot. If you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself, if it is just a small area that needs taking down, it should be a fairly easy and inexpensive job for a good luthier. Depends on whether the board is finished too.
  3. bassmeknik

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    Are the inlays loose? I own a Dragonfly and while I marvel at the beautiful inlays your post leads me to ask...
  4. kirkdickinson

    kirkdickinson Supporting Member

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    I haven't noticed any loose, I will examine it closer.

    Thanks,

    Kirk

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