What’s the cause of a very quiet top E string on my ’97 MIM Strat?



Asked by: Ashlee Miller

Why does my E string sound off?





If the frets become worn and flat, your string length will change because the contact point on the fret has changed and your intonation will be off. If you have some deep grooves, or some of your frets are worn down, you may need to have the frets dressed, and re-crowned.

Why does my low E string sound tinny?

Low Action Height



It’s possible for your guitar to sound tinny on only certain parts of the fretboard or strings, or across the entire fretboard. If your guitar strings are hitting the other frets when you strum the strings, it means the action height is too low.

Is the low E string supposed to be loose?

Though you may be worried that the strings on your electric are too loose, they are most likely just fine. Electrics are meant to feel a little slinkier and easier to play than acoustic guitars, and part of that is because of their looser strings.

Why does my E string sound twangy?

Re: Why has my high E string become “twangy”



It is out of the equation when the string is fretted. It could be that the action is too low, because of a low saddle on the bridge or the neck is bent, so the string touches a fret when picked.

Can I use B string as an E?





Re: Using a B string for the high E string.



I have personally used the B string as an E string when I didn’t have a spare and it was no problem. The gauges are similar enough that the tension shouldn’t be too different. It didn’t do any damage to my guitar at all and it sounded fine. It will just sound DIFFERENT.

How do I fix string warble?

Pull the string over to a smooth area to the side where it normally runs over the saddle. Pluck the string again and listen for a change. If the warble, or rattle goes away then you have a saddle problem. The best course of action is most often to cut a new saddle.

Is it normal for low E strings to buzz?

If your strings are buzzing down near the nut, you might increase the relief. It is also possible your nut slots are cut too deep. If they are buzzing all up and down the fretboard, you might want to try raising the action. All that is assuming your fretboard is in good shape.

Why does my high E string sound like a sitar?

Re: High e string sounds like a sitar



Nut slots being too wide or too deep, basically just too worn, may cause the “sitar sound” on open strings.

How do I make my guitar strings sound dead?

Okay index finger and thumb.



How do you fix a buzzing string?

5 Ways to Cut the Buzz

  1. Fret in the Right Place. Make sure you’re fretting notes at the proper spot just behind the fret. …
  2. Apply the Right Amount of Pressure. …
  3. Avoid Strumming Too Hard. …
  4. Consider the Strings. …
  5. Check the Setup.


What makes a twang sound?

Twang is an onomatopoeia originally used to describe the sound of a vibrating bow string after the arrow is released. By extension it applies to the similar vibration produced when the string of a musical instrument is plucked, and similar sounds.



Why is my guitar string twangy?

And the frets. Usually you can hear a ping but that tells. Me that my neck is either too straight too dead straight or it's back bowed a little bit and that's why i'm getting that buzzing sound.

How do you fix a high E string buzz?

If it’s just that high E on the first couple of frets, try slipping a thin piece of paper, or something between the string and the slot, then tune it back up. If the buzzing goes away, here’s another trick. Instead of replacing the nut, get a tiny bit of baking soda and super glue.

How do I know if my truss rod needs adjusting?

If you think you have a truss rod problem, there’s only one check that will rule out all other factors: play every single fret on every single string with the guitar unplugged. If you hear buzzing, or if the fret fails to sound a note, then your guitar neck has bowed upward toward the strings.

How do I know if my guitar nut is too low?

To check nut-slot height, hold the string down at the third fret, and see how much it moves over the first fret. This is similar to checking neck relief, but the string should move much less. If the string doesn’t move at all, chances are the slot is too low.



How do you fix a low nut slot?

Right they want to put a tiny blob of the superglue in and then so suck the rest of it out sit. So what you're left with is like a thin film around the inside of the nut slot. Then.

How do you fix low nut height?

You can either drop super glue accelerator on the soaked Q-Tip or wait a few minutes for it to harden. Once it is cured and solid, you will then flush cut the ends of the hard fibers with a razor blade and then recut the nut slot to the appropriate height with a gauged nut file.