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string buzzing
Jan 23rd, 2009 at 8:38pm
Could any of the more experienced members post a chart/reference on the cause and cure of string buzzing?...For example if string is played open and buzzes vs string only buzzes when pressure applied on a specific fret vs buzzing at the 12 fret, etc?...It would really help us the newbies.

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Big Uke

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Re: string buzzing
Reply #1 - Jan 24th, 2009 at 6:29am
This should be answered by Asa or Mike but I will try to give you the short version.
A buzz will only occur in three places, the nut, the saddle or the frets.
If it only occurs on an open string, it is the nut or first fret.
If it occurs up to a certain fret, that fret is probably high.
If it occurs all the way up the scale, it is likely the saddle.

The saddle and nut-slots should be curved away from the frets to give the string traction (spread the load).
The string can buzz in the nut if the slot is too wide.
The frets can be checked with a steel rule (straight-edge) to find high ones.

All of this is in the book under setting-up.

I have a guitar that has a step-up at the connection so its hard to test intonation.

Bob Embarrassed
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