I'm having a really annoying issue with my American Deluxe Strat - when I pluck the strings at certain frets (mainly on the 2nd string) I hear an awful resonant frequency. I've added a link to a WAV file which demonstrates this - WAV file link
This either started happening or I began noticing it after I restrung my guitar and tried setting it up myself (never again!). I've tried the following to fix it but to no avail:
- Dampen tremelo springs
- Dampen headstock
- Dampen other string/parts of the string 'above' the finger used to press down on the fret
I also took it to my local guitar workshop and they did a setup (which involved buffing/relevelling the frets, setting up the tremelo and restringing) but it's still giving me the same problem. I think it might be that the string is touching another fret very slightly which is causing a harmonic at a disonant frequency, but the guy at the workshop buffed and relevelled the frets as well as raising the saddle and it hasn't really helped at all.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks for the responses all. I tried raising the saddle of the 2nd string to a ridiculous level (see photo) and I'm still getting the issue (here's another WAV sample - I also played a few frets around the ones with the issue for comparison - WAV file link 2).
With the saddle so high and no improvement, I'm starting to think that maybe it isn't fret buzz (I looked along the other frets when holding the string down at the frets with the issue and the string looks a fair distance above them). Could degraded electronics cause this problem? I'm starting to run out of ideas...
I tried removing the current string I had (Ernie Ball Regular) and replaced them with Fender Original 150 Regulars but I'm still having the same issue. I've contacted the luthier and he's going to take another look at it next week. If the problem persists I'm going to contact another luthier and explain the issue before taking it in. I'll keep everyone updated!