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#21 jpmull

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 08:24 AM

Hi all
could you please provide this tip again as it is not anymore accessible?
Thnx
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Try this video.

I think it explains the tip discussed above.
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#22 jpmull

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 08:26 AM

Here is the link. Sorry!


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#23 stefanlindmark

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 09:56 AM

Or clip on a rubber pick holder or two. They will also serve a double purpose as pick holders  :) 
http://www.thomann.d...pick_holder.htm
 

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#24 sacapuntas

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 10:09 AM

That's amazing. THanks guys - you made my day. It was never so easy to get rid of a real annoying problem.

 

Rock on

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#25 daedae

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 10:24 AM

links a dead end...would like to see WHAT to do w/69 bridge if ya can fix link

I think this video is what you're looking for, on a JTV69:


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#26 guitarno

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 11:10 AM

I remain unconvinced that the tiny length of string between ball end and bridge piece could possibly be affecting the sound of the JTV-69.  I reached in mine with a jewelers screwdriver and plucked them - absolutely nothing in terms of resonance.  If anything on a 69 is likely to produce unwanted vibration it would be the tremolo springs. 

 

The length between tuning machine and nut is a different story and there's a fair amount of anecdotal evidence to suggest it's worth trying a damper (made no difference on mine, but YMMV).

 

   I know what you mean. I went home to re string my 59 and the length of strings between the ball ends & the bridge saddles is very short, and for the most part, tight up against the curved surface of the bridge, so it seems unlikely that they are producing any significant resonance. Still, the OP says it made a big difference, so there must be some reason it did. I did re string and put a Velcro strip there as described, but I haven't had even a minute yet to test it.

 

   Years ago I ran across a posting describing a modification done to a Godin LGX-SA to alleviate issues with the piezos on that guitar, when driving a VG guitar synth. In that case, the poster built a thin stepped strip that fit right behind the piezos in the bridge. His take on the issue with the piezos on the LGX-SA was that the piezo's were being driven too hard due to the geometry of the bridge design, and that changing the angle that the strings contacted the piezo's reduced the pressure on them and prevented or reduced microphonics and extraneous noise. He was not trying to eliminate string resonance, just changing the angle of the strings hitting the piezo elements.

 

   He also claimed it made a huge difference on that guitar. Maybe there are other dynamics at play other than string resonance on the JTV wraparound bridge. I installed the Velcro strip on my 59 and I will have to spend a few days to see if it makes any noticeable difference for me. Unfortunately, I’m out of town for a few days, and might not get much time before I leave. If it does work, it's a pretty cheap and easy fix. If not, nothing lost but a few minutes of my time.


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 04:18 PM

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 04:19 PM

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 04:33 PM

I posted the two pictures from before,  Basically all I did was purchased some heavy duty adhesive Velcro.  Cut it about a 1/8th of an inch wide for the bridge and placed it behind the saddles but right up close to them.  For the nut I attached a piece of velcro about a half and inch wide to a piece of packing foam.  I oddly notices more vibration relief when I attached it to the bridge than I did behind the nut.  I think it is because the way the bridge kinda floats on the set screws and is not directly bolted to the body.  I think the design carry's vibrations from string to string allot more than a standard bridge.  I don't get any crosstalk, where before I noticed it like crazy doing arpeggios..  I think any subtle vibrations affect the modeling but that's my own opinion,  I think the more flat or stock your guitar starts off sounding the better with modeling. (no funny characteristics of the physical guitar sounding through)..  good luck thought I hope it helps.  69 owners can probable do something similar, just have it go directly across the saddles, but not the piezo's..


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 06:36 PM

I now have taken the Velcro off of the bridge, when I changed strings the last time I must have done something that raised the velcro up a little (which cause unwanted buzzing much like what I was trying to avoid).  Now I just have a piece of Electrical tape in the string slot where the thickest string goes..  That seems to get rid of the vibration of the top string, which is the only one I have problems with now...  Still using the velcro at the nut though gets rid of a lot of cross talk or funny vibrations..


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#31 Charlie_Watt

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 06:27 AM

I just use a piece of scrap fabric about a half inch wide that I interleave with the strings above the nut.  It is loose but it touches all 6 strings enough to dampen any vibration.  I started with it on my Variax 500 but I use it on all of my guitars now.  I have an acoustic that I could really hear those short string sections singing.  It was very annoying.


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#32 scodges81

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 12:43 PM

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#33 tscoolberth

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 07:01 PM

Ive done this with a firm foam that I had laying around. I also used 11s because that Is what I am used to.  With the exception of extreme hi gain scenarios .. with no real warbles or anything. I've very happy as a I recently started working on a song that uses Bariton Drop -A.  The Variax is outperforming my cheapo 7 string .. which was my plan all along.  On the acoustic side, I have a song where it is great though I'm going to recut that track using a lighter pick and  lighter touch as recommended by Sean Haley. I'll post songs within a few weeks .. just gotta firm up my playing a bit as these tunes are on the outter edge of my capabilities (cover of I Despise by Chimaira and and original tune)


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#34 brianreidguitar

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 09:08 AM

I specifically came onto the forum last night hoping for a resolve to this very issue, so thanks a bunch all of you who've addressed this and provided your time and results.  For me, it really does improve the instrument a lot.  Thank You.  Thank You!


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