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Raising the height at saddle for one string?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by JacosTacos, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. JacosTacos


    Sep 13, 2011
    Hey guys. Last week I bought a Washburn Taurus T14 (love it) and it's been playing fine, except I get fret buzz on only one fret on the E string. Besides this little thing, the action couldn't be better. I was wondering how I would go about raising the height at the saddle for just this string, and whether or not it's OK to change the height while there are strings on the guitar.

    Here's a link to a pic: http://www.pulseonline.com/washburn2.htm
  2. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's

    If it is only at one fret, it seems that there is a fret that needs a little dressing down, rather than raising the string for all the frets.
  3. JacosTacos


    Sep 13, 2011
    Makes sense. Is there some kind of file I can buy and do it myself or should I let the guy at the shop take care of it and show me how?
  4. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    The cost of the right tools would probably exceed the cost of having it done by a pro.
  5. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Any reason you can't just raise the E string saddle a smidgen? From the pic, the Taurus appears to have 4 independently adjustable saddles.

    Edit: yes, it's okay to raise the saddle with the strings to pitch. BTW, there's a good chance the buzz will disappear without creating a discernible change in action. Just turn the saddles height screws about 1/6 of a turn at a time and recheck.

  6. mech


    Jun 20, 2008
    Meridian, MS, USA
    Do this before you file frets. Chances are the saddle was not adjusted properly at the factory. It would be a good idea to read the Setup Sticky at the top of this forum.

  7. Remember, raising the saddle is reversible, filing a fret is IRREVERSIBLE. And if you file it too low, the next fret will buzz too.

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