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  1. Thank you guys, Howard and Freeman, I am really grateful for all the time and effort you do to help me, and all the suggestions you make to solve my concern. I am truly humbled by your support. Oh Lord yes, I know how difficult it is to solve such a problem over the internet, without being able to hear or manipulate the instrument, you are very right about this and I am even more grateful for your support. Well in fact I know this guitar will end in a luthier's hands soon, I just miss playing my guitar while waiting for the appointment it's tough to be patient Also my scientist's mind makes me want to try to understand things and fix them, but I'm conscious it's a specialist's job. If you had the guitars in your hands I'm sure you would have fixed it in a heart's beat. Freeman your tool to mesure the frets height and everything, is very cool, I am wondering if I can find it on Amazon. I will look for it for sure, every guitarist should have this kind of stuff. Howard yes the angle formed by the B and e strings and the saddles is quite flat, and that was my first concern when opening this thread, it was even more flat. After putting a shim under the saddle, this angle still seems very weak compared to the other strings. I will add a little shim just under those 2 strings and see what happens. Strings are brand new, it would be weird if they cause this buzz, but everything is possible. It's very late now (3am) so I will take another look tomorrow, and try what you suggested with the frets Howard. I'm sure you know this feeling, when you have something broken and you can't stop thinking about fixing it... Or maybe it's just me Thanks again my guitarists friends.
  2. Hi Howard, thanks for your help. I tried #1 (put a piece of paper under the strings on top of the nut) and the metallic/buzzing sound is still there. For #2 I checked the saddle and everything seems fine to me, here is a pic (a string is missing, I broke it when doing some tests yesterday). Also, if it can help, this metallic sound only happens on frets 1 to 7 (+ open), then from fret 8 it's not buzzing; Do you think it's a fret problem? When i put a shim under the nut a few days ago the action was quite high (meaning strings were far away from the fret) but still buzzing, so it would be surprising if it's a fret problem... Well who knows...
  3. Unfortunately my problem is not solved, B and e strings are still doing a metallic sound when I play them, not really a buzz but more a metallic thing. I put a shim under the nut, which raised up the strings, but still the same. I've also put my hand inside the guitar to immobilize the cables inside while playing the strings at the same time, but still the same metallic sound. I think I've done everything to try to locate the cause of this metallic sound, but unfortunately nothing improved it. I will wait for the appointment with the luthier...
  4. Yep I took an appointment with a luthier (mid august) to check everything. Oh and congrats for the victory guys, you played way better, it's well deserved
  5. The way you operate is verrrry interesting, and smart! I loved the pics and your comments, this is very knowledgeable (I don't know if this word even exist in english, I think it does). Unforunately last pics are not showing, but your text makes it clear to understand. In the pic where you measure the neck alignment, the ruler is not on top of the bridge, it seems to be a little bit under it like on my guitar, so it should not be fine, right?
  6. Yes Freeman I should have measured everything before starting puting shims everywhere Your advice is very wise. I will replace the saddle and nut by new ones, to start fresh for a few years. Haha I'm taking bets,even if our women team is not as good as our men one I think you will have to replace saddles and nuts and everything after the game Merci Howard, c'est très agréable de jouer avec une guitare qui fonctionne bien !
  7. Guys guys guys... I'm happy to announce you I've solved the problem, thanks to your help of course. After having checked every corner of the guitar, and only a few seconds before throwing it by the window, I realized that the nut saddle had way too deep notches just under the strings that were buzzing. Here we go, when i played those strings they touched the 1st fret and made this annoying buzz. I was ready to swear the noise was coming from the bridge what a surprise ! Vibrations were propagating from the 1st fret up to the bridge, making it looks like the noise was coming from the bottom of the guitar. What a lesson i've learnt guys, really. So to fix the problem (maybe temporarily I don't know if it will remain like this) I removed the nut saddle, put some glue (cyanoacrylate) in the notches, let it dry, filed it and made new notches, less deep than the old ones. And voila, no more buzz. i am really glad you helped me proceed by elimination to come to the solution, without you I wouldn't have found the culprit, so I thank you all warmly and sincerely, especially Freeman, DeepEnd and Howard, but everybody else as well of course. You were very helpful guys, thank you. The guitar is sounding awesome now, and those D'addario strings are very enjoyable, I was used to elixir (which are great too).
  8. Thank you both Freeman and DeepEnd, if you were close to my hometown I would have offered you a drink ! Freeman your other thread is very detailed, I bookmarked it for further reference, I think I will learn a lot by reading it. I realize there are so many reasons for which strings can buzz, this instrument is very surprising. Yes I have a 'dentist mirror' I will use it with a flashlight to inspect the interior, that's a very good idea. Will do this tomorrow, to be continued : Thanks again guys.
  9. Strings replacement didn't remove the buzzing I've adjusted the relief (truss rod set up), removed one of the 2 shims from under the saddle, cleaned everything, and now I have 3 strings buzzing : D G B. The e string doesn't buzz anymore. Strings are D'addario EJ16 light (12/53). The more my right hand strum close to the neck base, the more important is the buzzing. When I strum close to the bridge there are almost no buzz. The action is perfect I've mesured it (3mm for E and 2.5mm for e), and strings don't touch the neck when they vibrate. The buzzing seems to come from the area I've marked on the pic below. When I shake the guitar there are some stuff moving inside it in this area, I think it's pickup cables or electronics. Maybe they cause this buzzing? I can't see anything else as the source of this buzz. It's driving me nuts... [ATTACH=JSON]{"data-align":"none","data-size":"full","data-attachmentid":32540919}[/ATTACH]
  10. Merci mon ami According to the label inside the guitar, it is from 2001. I thought fishman preamp were newer (and better) than the expression system; ANyway that's not important for me since I play unplugged mostly.
  11. [uSER=111570]DeepEnd[/uSER] Thank you very much for the procedure, i will apply it and take your advices into account for sure. [uSER=159077]FretFiend[/uSER] yes I think they know their stuff in France as well, but here the problem is you have to wait a long time before having the chance to get an appointment. All of this made me remember I've already called 2 or 3 luthiers in Paris a few years ago for this buzzing problem (I completly forgot about it) and they told me I can have an appointment in like 2 weeks, so I let it go. I will do the settings you all told me, and for the neck reset I will take an appointment during the holidays since it's not urgent, I usually don't take my guitar with me when I am abroad so I can let the luthier check it. edit : I just checked to know what was this neck reset thing, this video shows the process, that doesn't seem to be complicated at all Anyway i will let a professional do it.
  12. Guys you are very kind and helpful, really, i didn't think i would get so much help when registering here ! if I can help anyone in anything let me know as well ! Yep I don't know any luthier in my place but I will definitely see one, I love this guitar and it also has a sentimental value for me for other reasons. In fact I am realising that the saddle has certainly been low like this since I own the guitar, you're right, it's impossible it has fallen down. I remember the B string has always buzzed a little bit. At that time i've looked for a fix on the internet and noticed that several people complain about this B string buzzing, without any explanation, on all guitar brands, and leave it as is. So do I. But recently the B and e strings start buzzing more, and it's probably due to the fact strings are old, as simple as that. I think I've overcomplicated things trying to look for any other reason. Well the saddle seemed very low too, so it's a good thing to replace it as well. Anyway I will know tomorrow with new strings, and will update the thread. I'll also remove one of the 2 shims, and maybe set the truss road too as you are right the neck curve doesn't seem right, action seems too high since a few months. The last time I've set it up was a few years ago. Thanks again guys, you rock !!
  13. Thanks Grant Well then the strings are probably too old (maybe 5/6 years old) and explain the little buzzing. Or maybe this buzz is normal, it only happens when I strum the strings a bit hard. i don't have another guitar to check if it's the same or not. Yep I'll probably take it to a luthier for a check I will buy a set of new strings tomorrow and see if it makes things better. I will remove a shim as well since the saddle seems a bit high now
  14. I wish I knew as much as you know Freeman you are a great help and very knowledgeable to me, thanks a lot. Ok so I put a first shim (a piece of credit card) it has improved a little bit the buzzing, so i put a second one, didn't change a lot. Here are some pics (yep I broke the G string in the process). The action is a bit high now but it's normal with the 2 shims. I don't know where this buzz come from... I've also recorded a sound for you to hear the b and e strings (played softly, and played harder that's when they buzz).Thanks again for your help and support I don't feel lonely sound : https://vocaroo.com/i/s1vjt6b7SMze [ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tc1.jpg Views:\t1 Size:\t68.5 KB ID:\t32540515","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"32540515","data-size":"full"}[/ATTACH][ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tC2.jpg Views:\t1 Size:\t65.6 KB ID:\t32540516","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"32540516","data-size":"full"}[/ATTACH][ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tC3.jpg Views:\t1 Size:\t66.0 KB ID:\t32540517","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"32540517","data-size":"full"}[/ATTACH][ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tC4.jpg Views:\t1 Size:\t65.9 KB ID:\t32540518","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"32540518","data-size":"full"}[/ATTACH][ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tC5.jpg Views:\t1 Size:\t73.6 KB ID:\t32540519","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"32540519","data-size":"full"}[/ATTACH]
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