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Dead spots, sure. But dead string?

dnabbet2

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Any updates with this? Dealing with the same thing currently. Going from a 9 to a 10 really helped out but I'd much rather use 9s and not have to go up a size.

AHA!

Thanks for that! I was going to put on an .011 instead of a .010. and give that a try too.

I haven't made any progress notching the bridge 'cause I've just been playing with the original Gotoh bridge which is, as I say, quite a bit more even. Re-installing it meant I had to raise the tailpiece, though. So, I've been getting that dialled in and getting used to the slinkier feel.

It's not a lot of work to throw another bridge on though. I'll get on it and let you know.
 

dnabbet2

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AHA!

I'll get on it and let you know.

Okay, I notched the irons on one of the Faber bridges using both gauge-specific nut files and then the plastic-headed hammer-tap method. That seemed to make the Faber bridge at least as even-sounding across the strings as the original Gibson-issue Gotoh.

Then, because the Robbie Krieger comes with two thumbwheels, I put on the second pair of those and ran them down so they sit snugly against the top of the guitar -- I've seen players do that or lock one pair against the other so the bridge height adjustment doesn't move.

I'm just playing it and getting it dialled in now -- I'll need to change the strings -- but I would say it's an improvement. Thanks once again for the advice all.
 

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Okay, I notched the irons on one of the Faber bridges using both gauge-specific nut files and then the plastic-headed hammer-tap method. That seemed to make the Faber bridge at least as even-sounding across the strings as the original Gibson-issue Gotoh.

Then, because the Robbie Krieger comes with two thumbwheels, I put on the second pair of those and ran them down so they sit snugly against the top of the guitar -- I've seen players do that or lock one pair against the other so the bridge height adjustment doesn't move.

I'm just playing it and getting it dialled in now -- I'll need to change the strings -- but I would say it's an improvement. Thanks once again for the advice all.

I just saw a vid where someone else stacked thumbwheels to keep the bridge from leaning like they like to do on older guitars, he said. IIRC, it may have even been Joe Bonamassa
 

dnabbet2

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I just saw a vid where someone else stacked thumbwheels to keep the bridge from leaning like they like to do on older guitars, he said. IIRC, it may have even been Joe Bonamassa

All of the suggestions helped, and another time, with a similar problem, I would work through them ... but the jury is in, and a new string made the most difference -- it's easy, quick, and inexpensive, and I would try that first. Thanks again everybody.
 

El Gringo

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Any updates with this? Dealing with the same thing currently. Going from a 9 to a 10 really helped out but I'd much rather use 9s and not have to go up a size.
That was the same advice I was given from the tech who said I might have to switch to a heavier gauge string which I guess makes sense .
 

El Gringo

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All of the suggestions helped, and another time, with a similar problem, I would work through them ... but the jury is in, and a new string made the most difference -- it's easy, quick, and inexpensive, and I would try that first. Thanks again everybody.
Bad strings happen so often it's not even funny . It's always the first thing to check before you go ripping apart anything .
 

dnabbet2

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I've gone up from a .010 to a .011 and that feels funny 'til you get used to it but it does help.

Use the same brand and type of string.
 

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One final suggestion before "surgery." Try a different brand of strings in the string gauge you prefer. I once got several packs in a row of a popular string brand that had a dull sounding unwound string in them. (I don't remember which one it was). Have had good luck with Ernie Ball's though.
 

dnabbet2

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One final suggestion before "surgery." Try a different brand of strings in the string gauge you prefer. I once got several packs in a row of a popular string brand that had a dull sounding unwound string in them. (I don't remember which one it was). Have had good luck with Ernie Ball's though.
I expect a collective rolling of the eye-balls, but I've been using up several packs of strings that are probably two or three years old ... but hermetically sealed in plastic.

Anyway, I'll order in some new ones.

Good tip.
 
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