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    Majesty Noise

    Hello all, this is my first post so please be nice. Well, I have an awesome Majesty, but I've been noticing some extra unwanted noise since the day I got it in June. I should have returned it, but I had already waited about 3 months because the previous Majesty I had came with cracks, so I've just been sucking it up, but after discussing with another fellow Majesty owner, he mentions the noise isn't there for him.

    The noise is some extra feedback when I suddenly stop a chord on the low E. I thought it was the springs, but I upgraded them to noiseless Springs and the noise is still there. I think it's an issue with the nut being perhaps cut too wide, but idk. The other Majesty owner I've discussed this with says it might be a piezo imbalance, but I'm not too sure. The noise can be fixed by putting a fretwrap on the nut, but I'm peculiar and I don't want to add anything because I feel for the price and quality, the noise should not be there.

    Has anyone else had this issue with a Majesty? I can't seem to find anything about it online. I have contacted Sweetwater and I did shoot AJ an email, so I will see what they can do. If you all have any help, that'd be great thanks!

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    Welcome to the forum.

    You are in great hands with both AJ and Sweetwater. I had an issue once and they both took excellent care of me. Good luck!

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    With high gain only or with clean too? The Illuminator pickups are high output: with massive amounts of gain and/or compression, some noises/squeaks/squeals, such as amplified noises from fingers on strings, are bound to occur. If so, it may be a technique issue. Could that be what you are experiencing?

    Something to consider. Do speak with AJ and Sweetwater -- online peer "support" is just a guess and not a substitute for the top notch awesome customer support you will receive from EBMM and Sweetwater.

    Best wishes!
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    I would have assumed it was the springs but you said you upgraded to the noiseless ones. Frustrating thing to deal with. Good luck to you.

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    Hey thanks for the welcome guys and the responses. Yes, I'm aware of the hotness of the Illuminators. I have them in my JP15 as well, but I don't get this issue on the JP15. Could it be the woods of the majesty and the Illuminators? I thought maybe it could be a technique issue, but I tried several guitars and didn't experience the noise as loud as on the majesty. A good example is playing the riff of Symphony of Destruction by Megadeth, the verse riff, and every time I stop on the E, I get the noise. I play in a cover band and the feedback was unbearable when I used the majesty that I never used it again. Yes, I'm looking forward to Sweetwater and AJ, but who should I go through first. I should expect to hear back from SW tomorrow, and I've never dealt with AJ so not sure when I'd hear back. Anyway, thanks again guys!

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    Not too much gain, but I hear the noise when I'm playing unplugged as well.

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    There have been people in the past that have had weird noises coming their guitar when playing, a weird ringing when muting chords under high gain. Sounds like what you are describing. I'm trying to recall old threads here, some say the springs, some said the pickup mounting spring vibrating, it could also be a sympathetic resonance vibration behind the nut (which can happen even with a perfectly cut nut but is obvious even unplugged once you play hard enough), it could be a natural string harmonic excited by the position of your hand as you mute.

    Use google to search the forum for old threads. Try to think of every possible way of describing the noise to help with your search terms and add site:ernieball.com to the end of your search terms to limits google's results to these forums. But these kind of noises are not specific to particular guitars but more to high gain payers with agggressive music styles, so try other forums too. Petrucci forums, gearpage, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falldb87 View Post
    The noise can be fixed by putting a fretwrap on the nut, but I'm peculiar and I don't want to add anything because I feel for the price and quality, the noise should not be there.
    It sounds like you are describing some string vibration between the nut and the tuners. It occurs on all of my guitars without floyd type locks at the nut. I put a hair tie over the headstock just to dampen the strings there and its gone. Try it... and its really not a bid deal... to me

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    Hello Falldb87,

    Could you fix the problem? And in case you did, could you be so kind and share the way you did it?

    I am experiencing the same problem as you.

    Tanks a lot in advance :-)

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    There are different solutions for silencing springs but this is what I did on my BFR Koa and it worked perfectly: https://youtu.be/FX2INeaiKD4



    Quote Originally Posted by stringnoise View Post
    Hello Falldb87,

    Could you fix the problem? And in case you did, could you be so kind and share the way you did it?

    I am experiencing the same problem as you.

    Tanks a lot in advance :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mankindzoo View Post
    There are different solutions for silencing springs but this is what I did on my BFR Koa and it worked perfectly: https://youtu.be/FX2INeaiKD4
    Hi Mankindzoo,

    Thanks for the VT link, I gonna try it this way tomorrow!

    Thanks again!
    Last edited by stringnoise; 06-05-2016 at 08:31 PM.

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    I did that to all my guitars , after a while I removed that sponge from all of them, they seemed to cause less vibration and a "dead" sound overall compared...less sustain I think...

    not again, thanks, I can accept that "spring ringing " )

    Quote Originally Posted by stringnoise View Post
    Hi Mankindzoo,

    Thanks for the VT link, I gonna try it this way tomorrow!

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaoloGilberto View Post
    I did that to all my guitars , after a while I removed that sponge from all of them, they seemed to cause less vibration and a "dead" sound overall compared...less sustain I think...

    not again, thanks, I can accept that "spring ringing " )
    I did not notice any tone or sustain alteration. Did it happen over time for you?
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    'When I stop a chord"... If you are muting the chord you could actually be causing the low E to contact a fret giving you a brief harmonic. The Majesty can be set up with very low action, and with such a short distance between the bottom of the string and the top of the fret it is very easy to do. If a fret wrap makes it go away, that is what makes me think muting technique is causing an unintended harmonic.
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    Yes sounds like an action issue. Imperfections in fret levels are magnified at ultra low action heights. Also check the neck relief, it may need more relief.
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