D string issues

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by dirtrider, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. I'm having an issue with my D string where it sounds dead, and creates a chord sound when hammering on a fret. What I mean is, I'll hammer a note and the buzz will create two distinct sounds, like a chord. One, the note I'm hammering, and another note that's caused by the buzz. The dead sound accompanies any fretted note or when played open.

    I just replaced the strings and the dead sound is still there. Also, I hear what sounds like rattling coming from the bridge saddle. I checked it to see if it was loose or messed up or anything, but it looks fine. What's going on? Any ideas? It's a MIM Jazz, if that helps.
  2. Ben Mishler

    Ben Mishler

    Jan 22, 2003
    San Jose
    Make sure that the nut slot is not cut to big, I had trouble with that on my MIM P.
  3. Hmm How is the action of the strings? Could it be too low?


  4. I think maybe it is the nut slot. I don't think it's an issue of the action since it only happens with the D string. I've compensated by adjusting the height on that one saddle and I still get the same results. Bummer. :(
  5. Take the D string off, get some paper and fold it up into a tiny square and place it in the nut slot. Then restring. This will boost the height of the nut where the D goes in. Tune up and see if it makes a difference.