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    Default Buzzing at 1st and 2nd Fret of G String

    I got my first Ukulele today, and I'm getting some buzzing on the first and 2nd fret of the G string...will this be fixed by changing strings? It's pretty prominent and is pretty annoying!

    Thanks guys!

    Oh, it's a Stagg US40-S.

    Thanks!

    EDIT: Nevermind.....the first fret is crooked, one side is OBVIOUSLY higher than the other....I'm going to have to take it back...that stinks.
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    Thats funny. 2 weeks ago, I tried a Stagg here in Dallas at Lancaster Music and it had a buzz on the open G. I'm not familiar with your model but I had fallen in love with this one 'cause it was tiny, almost like a sopranino but had that buzzing. The employees don't know a thing about ukuleles so I walked out.
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    Yeah I'm pretty upset because this was supposed to be a "decent" Ukulele, and the owner of the shop actually new how to tune it, which was good, and new how to play it a bit, but they are mainly a guitar shop. They sell alot of Stagg products.

    I'll be returning it tomorrow and inspecting it a bit more.

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    Staggs can be pretty good ukes - I had a concert and my wife has a soprano. The soprano is a good one, my concert had a crooked bridge.

    The problem is the quality control. Somewhat similar ukes from Ohana and Mainland are backed up by companies who specialise. They have great quality control that checks for problems before the uke gets into your hands. They have a reputation for consistently good quality, customer service and value.

    Stagg, on the other hand, is a big brand. It 'specialises' in shifting high volumes of diverse instruments and accessories: guitars, amps, ukes... They are high-volume box-movers, and the quality control isn't there.

    If you get a good example of a Stagg uke then they are great. The problem is getting that good one.

    Hope you get a satisfactory resolution with your uke.
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    Well, I'm glad that they make decent ones. I had returned a Hilo earlier because I enjoyed playing it so much I wanted something a bit better.

    I had my son with me (2 yr) so I couldn't go over it, I just trusted that it was okay. I'm going back there this afternoon, and will be going over it with a fine tooth comb to make sure it's good. I don't mind if it needs a setup, but what is wrong with this one can't be fixed. When fretting the 1st means bending the string over the other frets (starting at 5) there is something definately wrong. I'm just glad that I didn't re-string it thinking that was the problem.

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    You're right. That isn't good.

    I'd suggest just checking that the bridge is straight - visually and by intonation. As well as the concert I used to have, a friend's Stagg soprano has the skewed bridge thing going on.
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    The bridge is actually fine.

    The frets are all at different heights, and most of them are angled down into the fret-board at different degrees....I swear it was put together by my 2 year old son.

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    Must have been a before lunch break or friday build Uke!!!
    Ukulele, the most fun I've had being bad at something!!!

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