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Tele b string making zither like sound - help

Cliff Gress

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I put a Musikraft Tele neck on a Tele body and am getting a zither like sound on the b string when played open. String sounds fine when fretted. My luthier, who put on the nut and did the slot work thinks it's the barrel saddle. After fiddling at home I released the string from under the round string tree on the headstock, and the zither sound went away and all is well. So I don't think it's the barrel saddle. Little e string under the tree sounds fine.

Could the nut slot need more work? It's not a ping sound like a pinched string. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks.
 

poor man's burst

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It sounds that the B string slot is too parallel with the string and doesn't have enough back angle.
If you have a ziter sound when you play open that you don't have when you play on the frets and your luthier says it is a bridge saddle problem, I suggest you go to another luthier.
 
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somebodyelseuk

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It sounds that the B string slot is too parallel with the string and doesn't have enough back angle.
If you have a ziter sound when you play open that you don't have when you play on the frets and your luthier says it is a bridge saddle problem, I suggest you go to another luthier.
This, sort of.
If it's okay without being under the string retainer, then I'm wondering if the slot angle is right. If the angle of the string to tuner was the problem, it'd sound like a sitar when released from the retainer, but I'm wondering if when it's under the retainer, the string is ringing from the wrong side of the nut - ie. it's vibrating against the fretboard side of the nut slot?
I am in agreement, that if the nut slot is in doubt, take it to a different guitar fixer, because this guy should have sorted this out before you even paid him for it.
Only other thing I'd check is that the string retainer is screwed down properly - could be the retainer is slightly loose.
 

slammintone

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If it has a standard 3 barrel bridge check that the string is sitting on top of the bridge and not on top of the saddle screw hole next to the screw.
 

Cliff Gress

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Thanks very much for your suggestions gents. I will be seeing a second luthier.
 
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