Mudcat Café message #1790487 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #93201   Message #1790487
Posted By: John MacKenzie
23-Jul-06 - 04:12 AM
Thread Name: low E on Gibson not playing proper pitch
Subject: RE: low E on Gibson not playing proper pitch
I had that problem with my Martin, and it was cured by having it set up by a luthier [Mark Challinor] in England. I sat and watched while he did it, and it was comparatively simple, though I'd never try it my self.
He lowered the saddle bit by bit till it gave me a nice close action, he reamed out the peg holes so that the pins fitted down nice and snug in them, and he checked the nut slots. These slots need to be wide enough for the string but not too wide, and they need to be at the correct angle, so that the string is in contact with the nut all the way along the slot, and not just at one end. The difference was amazing, and the improvement on the ability to hold down a chord without buzzing or distortion is much improved. Alltogether easier to play and to keep in tune.