I'm playing an Admira Virtuoso that is about 10 -12 years old.
When I changed my strings yesterday I decided I would try a set of D'adario EXPs. I found out that the extra thickness on the basses caused some unwanted buzzing on my fifth string at the second thru seventh fret and on the 4th string from the 7th through 12th fret when playing forte.
Upon inspection I discovered that because my action is relatively low (3 mm on the 6th string, 12th position) these strings were simply striking the adjacent fret, and hence the buzz.
So, I took them off and replaced them with a new set of my normal D'adario pro arte EJ-45 normal tensions. I had no problems with buzzing after that.
However, I noticed that now when proper tension is applied to my 5th string there is a horrible slipping sound from the machine head.
I should mention that because I change my strings about every 4 weeks (I play about 15 hours per week) I bought a string winder. I have used it now three times.
So, I have two questions:
1. How do I remedy the horrid noise in my 5th machine head? (and, is it about to fail on me?
2. Though I am careful with the winder, is it advisable to use them on CGs?
Kevin L. Benbow