I'm a bass player buying a new guitar for the boy. After months of waiting, the new Strat I ordered arrived. It's an American Standard. I did a thorough inspection. Everything looks great. This is really a nice instrument. However, when I played it, I was getting a lot of fret buzz/rattle.
I checked the relief and it seemed pretty reasonable. IMO, that suggests that either the action is too low or there is a high fret. I could repeat the problem at various locations on the fretboard so I tend to think it is not a fret problem. That leaves action.
I looked up the Fender specification. They say 4/64" or 5/64" at the 17 fret depending on the neck radius (I'm not sure what this radius is). So I measured the action to be a hair over 4/64".
I check my boy's old guitar, an Ibanez (a Strat-like model), just to ensure that the buzz/rattle I was hearing wasn't something else in the house resonating. It played perfectly. So I measured it's action. It was a whopping 9/64" at the 17th fret!
I went ahead and adjusted the action on the new Strat. It was up to a hair over 6/64" before the buzz/rattle was completely gone.
Does this seem like a reasonable height? Is there anything I'm overlooking?
It could be that the nut is cut too low. Take it to a Tech and have it checked.
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