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I've been trying to track down an obnoxious rattle/buzz on a new guitar of mine and I'm running out of ideas. It is more more akin to rattle than say a "sitar" type sound. Standard Selmer-style bridge and tailpiece, by the way.
For background, I've done plenty of my own setups and can usually troubleshoot problems like these, but this one has me stumped. Even took it to a local luthier for another opinion a few days ago and left no closer to having a solution. I'm at my wit's end and am hoping someone out there has had a similar issue and has some insight.
So the issue is this. When the B string is plucked, even with minimal force, I get a distinct rattle that seems to emanate from the bridge/tailpiece area. It is most apparent when fretted around the 8-11th frets although it can be heard when fretted anywhere from roughly the 3rd to 15th.
It is not fret buzz. I've tried adjusting both neck relief and bridge height over the last several weeks and it doesn't significantly change anything. Luthier also verified my assertion that it was not a fret buzz issue.
It does not appear to be loose hardware. I even tried replacing the tailpiece and removing the insert just in case. No change. Fairly certain it isn't loose tuners either.
Tried testing if it was the mustache pieces rattling. Doesn't seem to be that.
The luthier tried weaving some leather around the strings behind to bridge to see if it would dampen it. No dice.
We also thought that perhaps it was an issue with the string slot on the bridge. Between the original slot, the luthier's adjustment, and simply setting the string on an unslotted portion of the bridge there was no perceptible change.
As of now, an issue with the bridge and string slots is my best guess, but I'm not completely convinced that is actually the problem but I'm running out of options.
Nothing I've been able to do has made it any worse or any better so I feel like I'm chasing my tail.
Anyone out there had anything similar happen? Any advice or suggestions for troubleshooting!?
Thanks in advance!