Weird E String Problem

My Martin acoustic has developed a wierd problem with the bottom E string...

Any note played on it up to and including the fifth fret has a strange afterbuzz. It isn't fret noise as I can easily slip a cigarette paper between the string and the next fret without it fouling - I prefer to play with a slightly high action (not stupidly high) on this particular guitar as it improves the tone. It only affects the one string, and ony for the first 5 frets. The sound seems to be coming from the bridge end but I can't be absolutely sure.

Strangely, after I've been playing for a while - between half an hour and an hour of fairly continuous playing it diminishes until its almost un-noticeable.

The guitar has an under-saddle pickup (a Dean-Markely Sweet-Spot), and the wire for it goes through the bridgeand body nearest the bottom E, so maybe it's the wire jangling until it 'seats itself' or something, but I'm not sure. If this is the case I can't understand why it only does it for the first 5 frets - I would have expected it down the entire string length - hence the query.

I just wondered if anyone had any similar experiences. I've changed the strings several times and the saddle twice to no avail. I'm thinking maybe I'll put a drop of hot-melt glue down the hole where the pickup goes through to see if that makes a difference. If anyone has any other suggestions I'd really appreciate the feedback.


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I doubt its the same on your Martin but I had a similar issue.

The lower end of the low E made the 'grip' part of one of my tuners vibrate producing a buzz at least as loud as the note I was playing! Also on my acoustic bass the sliders on the EQ ocasionally do the same, might be worth giving everything a bit of a wobble? Not very technical I know :D


Thanks for that Tim. I'll check everything is tight and report back.

Funny how it sometimes takes someone to actually state the bleedin' obvious before you see it!

The problem seems to have just 'gone away'. I was going to try Tim's suggestion, but when I picked the damn thing up to check it, it wasn't doing it any more.

Just like the dentist I suppose - the toothache goes away on your way to the surgery.

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