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Why is my resonator guitar string touching fret?

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Submitted : 2018-06-14 18:42:04    Popularity:     

Tags: guitar  resonator  string  fret  touching  

I just bought a Gretsch resonator guitar brand new from guitar center for $320. A couple of the strings had a lot of buzz in them and upon further inspection I discovered that the bad strings are pretty much laying on the first fret. The strings that don&

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There are "at least" 4 reasons the strings on a new guitar (resonator or not) might be touching the frets.
1. Nut is too low. The strings laying on the first fret makes us suspicious of the nut, but it's rare for a new guitar to have a low nut. If anything, the factory usually leaves them a bit high. If you have a "square-neck" resonator guitar, the nut should be very high. On a "round-neck", the nut should be closer to a normal guitar. The slots in the nut should be the same or slightly higher than the height of a fret.

2. Bridge is too low.I f the bridge is too low, the strings will touch the frets, probably all the way down the neck. Unfortunately, I don't think your guitar has an adjustable bridge.

3. Truss rod too tight. A tight truss rod will pull the neck backwards, putting a hump in the middle and lowering the strings. You can check the neck relief by laying a straightedge down the neck to make sure it's either flat, or has a slight forward bow.

4. High fret. If a fret (in your case the first fret) is too high, strings may touch it. You can lay a short straightedge across the first few frets to see if any are higher than others.

None of these causes are really user serviceable on your guitar. Your best bet is to bring it back to Guitar Center for adjustment or replacement. If you ordered from the web, now you know why it's a bad idea to buy an instrument without playing it first. Hopefully, there is a brick and mortar GC near you that you can bring it to. Otherwise, call up customer service and explain your problem.

Bring it back to the store for a refund or a free setup.

If the guitar is to be used for slide then, as you say, the strings are usually well above the frets. Many people have them set up to play like "ordinary" guitars though.

The strings should definitely NOT be touching any of the frets though or even be low enough to buzz. It sounds like the guitar needs a new nut. Take it back.

Take it back and if they can't fix it then get a refund. The strings should not be touching any frets unless you are fretting a string with your finger.



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