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    I am trying to fine tune my OLP and I was wondering, how do you setup a standard non floyd trem? I have a slight buzz on the low e and I'm trying to rule out the usual suspects.

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    hmmmn, with buzzes there can be a few suspects, firstly have a look along the neck, make sure its nice n straight and adjust the trussrod if needed. then you can adjust the action (string height) at the bridge (i'm assuming your olp has a fender style bridge) you simply use a hex key and raise the 2 grub screws a little at a time, re-tune and re-intonate too.
    if that doesnt cure it, it could be a high fret(s) or the neck may need a shim, either way you should take it to a respected luthier/repairer if you are not sure how to do any of this stuff.

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    Is it fret buzz? Or does it buzz on the open string?
    If fret buzz ... where on the neck?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino5150 View Post
    Is it fret buzz? Or does it buzz on the open string?
    If fret buzz ... where on the neck?
    Open low E Dino and Tom it is a fender trem.

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    If its an open E, try addjusting the two small screws on the saddle to raise the single string up. Very small turns at a time.
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    One other thing to consider on an open string buzz on a single string is the nut. If the string groove in the nut has become too worn in, the string gets too close to the first fret. The correct way to fix it is to replace the nut. The way I have remedied it is to place a piece of paper under the string in the nut groove.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuddman5150 View Post
    Open low E Dino and Tom it is a fender trem.
    You still need to determine where the buzz is coming from.
    If the buzz is coming from the higher frets, try raising the saddle a bit, like Ron said. But if the buzz is coming from the lower frets (towards the nut), you could have a bad nut (or a deep groove) like nobozos said. If you're not comfortable in doing setups, replacing the nut may be more work than you'd want to do. In which case, take the E-string out of the nut and fill the groove with a drop of CA glue. Then once it cures, just file yourself a new groove to the proper hieght.
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    Yeah its buzzing from 5th to open on the 3 bass strings. I can do floyds but not traditional trems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuddman5150 View Post
    Yeah its buzzing from 5th to open on the 3 bass strings. I can do floyds but not traditional trems.
    Now it's the E, A, and D strings?
    Probably need to adjust the truss rod and add some relief.
    When you do this, you'll also have to make saddle height adjustments to compensate and adjust them for proper intonation as well.

    Like most OLP's, it's not going to be "perfect" right out of the box.
    You just need a good setup.

 

 

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