While sitting here with my guitar in its post nail-polish-application state, there is a semi loud buzz, that quiets completely while touching the metal nut.
My guitar is equipped with a Floyd Rose and its metal locking nut allows me to lock each pair of two strings with an Allen wrench. So, it stays in tune longer... sorry, everyone already knows this.
It just occurred to me that this locking nut is not grounded... well wait, maybe the strings should send ground to this nut? Hmmm... I was thinking maybe the buzz travels down the strings from this locking nut.
Sorry if this is a waste of space. On the plus side, I’m still trying to eliminate this buzz.
Touching the strings doesn't quiet the buzz, just touching the nut?
Hi newey! 😀 Touching either, quiets the buzz, but touching the nut eliminates the buzz. Touching the strings almost eliminates the buzz though... there is a faint buzz while touching the strings, at least it seemed so last night. Oooh, and, assuredly, touching the strings farther from the nut quiets the buzz less.
That is pretty bizarre. How hard are you pushing the nut to get it quiet? Applying a good deal of pressure, or just touching it?
Applying some pressure; at least the buzz doesn’t completely silence unless the entire nut is touched by my finger. Maybe the tiny pressure has to do with my finger being pressed fully against the nut.
And, are you using some type of coated or tape-wrapped strings?
No, genuine Ernie Ball guitar strings (currently Super Slinky).
Also, there is a metal string guide beyond the locking nut. It’s not touching the strings. Actually each string is pressed underneath against its top. (I don’t know what it’s called - that’s why it’s in italics.)
Hi newey! 😀 Touching either, quiets the buzz, but touching the nut eliminates the buzz. Touching the strings almost eliminates the buzz though...
This would indicate that your bridge/string ground is working properly. The fact that it lessens with pressing your whoile finger on the locking nut seems to indicate that you are grounding yourself better that way than by just touching the strings.
Are you using high gain levels, distortion and so forth when hearing this buzz?
It is possible that you are just in a patricularly electrically "noisy" environment, and/or that your body just channels the noise more effectively than other people. You may want to try using the guitar/amp combo in a different room, on a different electrical circuit, etc. Sometimes the only way around this sort of issue is to use one of those noise suppression stompboxes.