I'm mainly a singer and strummer and I've got a minor issue with a 2002 Gibson J45 that, otherwise, I really like. I seem to be getting an annoying pinging sound as I'm playing. I thought it was something with the nut or bridge but I've had them checked and they seem fine. So I've now come to the conclusion that I'm the problem.
Specifically, I think I might be catching the base of my chubby first/pointing finger on the open E string.
Now this is probably down to a terrible technique on my part that I should get some advice on but my first call is to make the guitar take the blame instead.
To be fair, I've never had this issue playing other guitars and looking at the nut, the slot seems quite close to the edge of the fingerboard. Is it worth thinking about having a new nut cut that could bring the strings a little closer together and shift the strings away from the edge a little? Is this workable? Any thoughts or advice? (Other than get some lessons, get new hands or get your fingers to the gym to lose a few pounds? etc.)
I should say that other people playing it don't seem to have this issue - they love it!
Thanks for any feedback.