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    Default String not ringing out

    I lowered my string height at the nut a few nights ago by filing the nut slots. Everything seemed to have went well.While playing tonight It seems maybe my top A string isnt ringing out as much, sounds a slight bit deader sounding. I dont think its my imagination. I just put new strings on. Do you think Its possible that my nut slot filing could have caused this. Not a huge difference, but noticeable. What do you experienced guys say?

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    Can you look closely and see the difference between the two A strings above the first fret. Raise your saddle a little and see if it goes away. Look closely also at the slot itself, if the string is deep in the slot is it pinched. Just a few to check, I am still on my first cup this morning.
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    Default Re: String not ringing out

    Does the string have a good break angle in the slot? Is it pinched or too loose?

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    Default Re: String not ringing out

    Is the difference between the strings still there when fretted at the 1st fret? If yes, it's the saddle slot position - after restringing, the bridge often tends to lean towards the headstock, which can compromise the way a string approaches the saddle; the bridge should be set straight again in this case (loosening the strings and slight taps with a wooden rod and a hammer).
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    Thanks for the good suggestions. I will check all of them. I'm betting its at the nut where i filed it. I dropped it about 8 thousandths, so maybe its to low now, or my break angle is off some.

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    Just for follow up, so you know, it was the nut slot. I made a couple of light strokes at the proper angle through that slot last night and, presto. Now it rings out with the other A string perfectly. You can learn something new everyday! Thanks for the suggestions. EE

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