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devilchild  
13 Dec 2011 11:54 | Quote
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Ok, so I was attempting to learn knives and pens by black veil brides just now. Its in drop D and when I play a power chord at the 8th fret, the E string buzzes by the 9th fret. I've tried pressing down harder on the strings, not strumming the strings as hard and moving my finger closer and away from the fret but its still buzzing. What else can I do to try and stop it from buzzing?
(If it helps, it doesn't buzz in standard tuning, that may have nothing to do with it though.)
case211  
13 Dec 2011 12:26 | Quote
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Does it buzz through the amp? If not, I see no problem since it doesn't do it in E standard tuning(allegedly). Going to a more slack tuning for a string will occasionally cause buzzing. Not much to do about it if it is merely the string, since adjusting the action will only do so much-it might be a fret issue too though, but I can't be 100% on any of this, since it's not my gear and I'd need to sit down and really look at it to see what's wrong with it. If you can post some pictures of the area in question. You're 9th fret may need to be looked at(and possibly have them all leveled). I'm pretty sure someone will have something more to add, but any pictures you could post would help.
Domigan_Lefty  
13 Dec 2011 14:18 | Quote
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My guitars frets buzz when I lower their tunings, I just ignore it.
If it can't be heard through the amp, just "tune it out" "ignore it" or whatever you call it. Don't pay any attention to it if it is not severe. Guitars tend to have fret buzz, your nut could be angled, your bridge could be angled, or most likely if it doesn't buzz in standard, your string is just a hair more floppy than your action wants it to be while in Drop D.
No guitar is perfect. No two guitars are the same.
nullnaught  
13 Dec 2011 14:23 | Quote
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my bass guitar buzzes. it was cheap. i found it outside.
telecrater  
13 Dec 2011 16:00 | Quote
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Does the guitar buzz when it's not plugged in? and did it just start happening when dropping to drop D tuning?

There can be several issues that cause fretbuzz. You may have a fret that is sitting high, your neck may need adjusted. I would probably start trouble shooting it by raising your action and see if you still have the buzz.

I'm not sure how comfortable you are with adjusting your guitar so you may want to take it to a music store to have them look at it.

One of the best videos I found on adjusting the neck is off Gretsch's website. I bet your guitar is way different than the orange Gretch in the video, the basic concepts are the same.



Personally I have never made more than 1/4 turn on the truss rod with in 24 hours. I let make an adjustment and let the guitar sit before checking again.

Hope that helps and best of luck to ya'
nullnaught  
13 Dec 2011 16:44 | Quote
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What would happen if you removed your truss rod completely and then tightened up your strings?
case211  
13 Dec 2011 16:54 | Quote
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You'd be tarred and feathered for ruining a perfectly good neck. At least that's what I think might happen. Never tried it.
telecrater  
13 Dec 2011 17:28 | Quote
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nullnaught says:
What would happen if you removed your truss rod completely and then tightened up your strings?


That would be impossible with out cutting your neck in half

The turss rod consists of 2 metal blocks that are threaded and enbeded into the neck, one block near the headstock and one near the 22+ fret. The truss rod is threaded into each block. when you turn the truss rod nut toward the treble it bulls both blocks toward each other and compress the neck creating a slight bow on the inside of the neck or toward the fretboard. If to turn the nut toward the bass stirngs it releases compression and creates an outward bow toward the back of the neck.

If you twist too much then you can end up breaking the truss rod and then your stuck with how ever the elemetns wish to do to your guitar. Remember the guitar is wood and wood does expand and twist with the elements.

My video did not post so here is atempt #2

MoshZilla1016  
13 Dec 2011 17:35 | Quote
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nullnaught says:
What would happen if you removed your truss rod completely and then tightened up your strings?

Most likely your neck would look like a banana.
devilchild  
14 Dec 2011 13:05 | Quote
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telecrater says:
Does the guitar buzz when it's not plugged in? and did it just start happening when dropping to drop D tuning?

It does buzz when its not plugged in and it does only happen in drop d.
I don't really want to try and adjust anything myself but I dont really have the time, or money to take it to a music store. I'll just try ignore it.
tinyskateboard  
14 Dec 2011 18:14 | Quote
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There are strings made for drop tuning that do not get as spagetti-like when there is reduced tension.
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