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Terrible problems with alternate tunings on JTV-89
on 2011-12-19 07:27:16
First I'd like to point out that the korean made JTV-89 I bought 10 days ago suffered very poor (if any) quality control:
- the neck is a bit rough near the headstock, it's not as "polished" there as it is on the remaining of the neck
- most screws on the humbucker rings were lose
- worse, the volume and tone pots were lose too, I had to remove the knobs to tighten the pots' nut
- there is some buzzing at about the 3rd fret on the high E string, I had to raise the bridge a bit, but doing so, I also needed to check the intonation,
and this is where the real problems start !
- The tiny screws (~ 4 mm long) that allow the bridge to be moved away from the neck didn't help, because they were much too short !
I had to replace them with longer screws, otherwise intonation wouldn't have been possible on the lower strings...
I will have to confirm this intonation problem when changing strings though...
- But the worst concerns the alternate tunings:
the "retuned" strings produce awful metallic/flanged sounding notes, with weird overtones, even on single strings and a clean amplification !
The standard tuned strings are still sounding OK, but alternate tunings remain completely unusable !!
There is clearly something wrong with the pitch processing !
How can this alternate tuning problem be fixed ?
I really need help, guys !
What should I do ??
Regards from Belgium,
I upgraded the flash memory on the Variax, it didn't cure the problem...
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Re: Terrible problems with alternate tunings on JTV-89
on 2011-12-19 11:26:07
Problem solved !
This is what happened:
my amplification wasn't loud enough to minimize the acoustic sound coming from the guitar;
it's the mix of
- amplified alternate tuning sound
- acoustic regular tuning sound
that was creating these flanging/chorusing sounds I heard !
I discovered this while recording a track, and listening back to it...
Confirmed this with headphones...
Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to all !
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