Jump to content

Strangled Open String

Recommended Posts

Open B on a guitar (Ibanez RG550) I'm setting up it strangled sounding, meaning sounds thinner and quieter and dies out faster than other open strings. I thought it might be the 1st fret but determined it was not the cause. What ELSE could it be causing this?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm guessing that the nut slot is cut too wide and/or there's not enough downward pressure (via an angle) over the nut.

If the string isn't making nice solid contact with the nut, it'll die like that.

Even on my Pacifica, which was by no means 'dying', I noticed that my G string was a bit weaker because it wasn't getting enough angle over the nut. Installed a second string retainer, and I was off to the races.

Of course, that's just a complete guess.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It has a locking nut though. I guess I could flip the nut lock pad over so the section that was holding the E holds the B, just to see if it makes a difference.

Thanks though!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Goddamnit, I always seem to only be reading half the posts I reply to. I should have known right away that it was a guitar with a locking nut....


Ah well, if you're not hearing any sort of buzzing on that string when you play it open, you can rule out frets, which only really leaves the bridge and the nut as the culprits, I would think.

Then again, I've already proven that I don't think... thoroughly... :D

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Create New...