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Old 02-03-2010, 12:34 PM
BigShooter is offline
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 320
If you're getting fret buzz on the low E string, it's probably due to the action being to low, the neck needing adjustment, or a combination of the two. To raise the action, just turn those allen screws on the saddle clockwise and raise the height of the saddle, which effectively will raise the height of the string off the fret board. Now, if you raise the action to a point the the saddle is equal in height or higher than the A string's saddle, then you probably have a neck issue, which can be a little harder to fix.

Neck issues come in four types: up-bow, down-bow, flattened, or twisted. The first three are relatively easy to correct by adjusting the truss rod which is a steel rod that runs through the center of the neck that works against the string tension to keep the neck stable and in balance. However, these three conditions are usually evident by fret buzz on every string at the same point on the neck, which doesn't sound like your issue. Adjusting a truss rod is a fairly easy process that requires a few basic tools. I never read the Hal Leonard book you linked to, but I do have this one:

Dan Erlewine is a god in guitar repair/building circles and he definitely knows his stuff. A very informative book. Learning this stuff and being able to do it yourself is very benficial to even the beginning player.

A twisted neck is more of a problem and usually would require a refret, or for more serious cases, a brand new neck, which is a job for a pro. Let's hope it's the action, eh?