Hi All -
I recently took my newly acquired Gitane DG-300 into a Chicago luthier who came highly recommended to me by a Chicago bandleader I admire a good deal. The guitar had some low register buzz, and after tweaking the relief myself a bit, I decided to take it in for a professional job. I'm glad I did - I got the guitar back and was very happy with the tone, playability, etc.
That said, I am noticing a return of low register buzz, and now, some higher register buzzing as well. My hunch is that with light argies, a lot of playing time daily, coupled with weather that is basically making hay with the guitar, it is to be expected this guitar will have to be tweaked for some time to come (maybe, intermittently, as long as I have it?). This luthier said he'd gladly take it in again for a truss rod and bridge adjustment, etc., which I may yet do.
Thinking on all this, it occurred to me that these seasonal changes, even changes once strings are changed, or start to get worked in, may come fairly frequently. I have no issue taking the guitar in several times per year, esp. to leave it in good hands, but it strikes me that self-maintenance of this kind isn't a bad thing for a player to know - esp. when on the road, and the guitar needs to be brought in line then and there.
I have the very basic understanding that low register buzz tends to mean too tight a truss rod, with possible back bow; and high register buzz can simply mean an action too low for the strings, style of play, etc. (I'm a big guy, and am in the baby-era of my GJ playing of learning to relax, make efficient striking for sound dynamics desired, etc.). Can anyone direct to a source that discusses low-level maintenance of this kind, for the non-luthier player?
Guess it's a good time to admit my frenetic need to tweak everything, generally.
So - while we're at it - I freely admit it may be my playing...I play rhythm with the rounded edge of my pick(s), trying to tone down the attack and get a smoother, more mellow effect. That said, I still feel like I get a lot of bass, not altogether unpleasant, just not entirely sure it's all my newbie playing (just "very nearly sure"). I've got argies for strings - but has anyone any thoughts about tweaking a DG-300 with a bridge upgrade, in the hopes of optimizing tone?
pas encore, j'erre toujours.