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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: New to dobro, one string is too low

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JesseGreen - Posted - 11/10/2022:  00:09:44

Hey there I just bought my first resonator guitar. When I lightly hold my tone bar across all the strings, they all sound properly except for my 5th string, which buzzes until I apply enough pressure. It seems it is slightly lower than the top of the other strings. How should I go about fixing this?

docslyd - Posted - 11/10/2022:  06:18:24

Depending on where the slot is too low, replace the nut or replace the bridge. Some will mention here adding to raise the string slot....probably super glue and sawdust or baking soda....

badger - Posted - 11/11/2022:  06:47:46

Most people play with some down-pressure in the strings, but it sounds like your issue is more than this. Check first to make sure it's the correct string gauge (something in the .046 range). Lay a straight edge across the strings to determine that the string is truly low. I'm going to assume that the problem is at the nut, since string height issues tend not to be so much of an issue at the bridge. Does the string look low in the nut (should sit about half the diameter of the string)? If so, the aforementioned superglue fix will work if you have some way of shaping the new slot - the proper nut file is your friend. Pre-slotted standard nuts (and bridges) are available, but expect that neither will drop in without some judicious shaping. Message me if you need more help.

Anonyrat - Posted - 11/11/2022:  13:05:05

It could be at the bridge if it is slotted and only one string actually in a slot. Dubious though?
As an aside, I have never understood why "the nut" is not zero-fret. My Dobro is, as is a banjo and baritone uke. All nut problems disappear as the nut becomes purely a guide.

Funny story with the aforementioned baritone uke. I had this instrument made to my design including zero fret which I was told yeah yeah not a problem I have built Gypsy guitars. When it arrived it was beautifully made with exotic woods and wonderful inlays and a zero fret set half way between the nut and the first fret!! WTF which stands for what the fret ...

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