Can one finely file or sand down the last fret without issues. @Dev - I suggest bringing it in to a technician to get a proper setup. say without having the guitar handy, but I hope this helps! . But, I wouldn't look to the frets as being the cause before ruling out other factors like the pickup selector switch, pickups, wiring and other stuff related to the electronics. I'm trying to quiet a hum from my guitar that stops when I touch the input jack. I have the problem of one fret on the G string *ahem* on the 14th fret that sounds dead. - Jeff Lee, Halo Custom Guitars, Your email address cannot be published. It can’t be that the Greta are uneven because it’s a brand new guitar that cost me $2000! Whoops, I haven't responded in a while. Hope this helps! - Jeff Lee, Halo Custom Guitars, I would like to ask. Because a guitar string vibrates when plucked, there needs to be enough space between itself and the fret to allow for that vibration to occur without the two coming in to contact with each other. If a neck has no dip at all, but rather a hump, then we can refer to that neck as having "back bow". The last set of strings I had on it didn't buzz at all. playing a scale from high to low strings. If a neck has a dip in the middle, we can refer to that neck as having "forward bow". with high spots, scratches, buzzes, string bend, etc. If your guitar has this issue the ground will need to be re-soldered. Assuming the guitar is strung and tuned to pitch, it should have a slight dip in the middle (around the 8th fret). If yes, then it is likely an issue with your nut slot. I just bought an Epiphone les paul today. Mu Metal is supposed to be best for low frequency radiation such as 60hz hum. The frets are exactly the same height off the fretboard, which results in there being a space between the top of Fret #2 and the bottom of the guitar string. The fret board of my guitar Is cracked from the behind.. And I have to put more pressure on the strings how to fix it now, I think my guitar is broken, it buzzes of i play low e past 6th fret please heelp. I have started my new guitar repairing shop. ). Some players prefer relatively high action, while others prefer very low (aka "slammed") action. A guitar neck is supposed to be close to perfectly straight, but not quite. Maybe the extra relief will be just enough for the buzz to go away. That means they should all be the same height. I've got a '08 ESP LTD EC-1000 ASB (Amber Sunburst) which I was using DR DBG 9-50's for over 13 years. Our string action threshold is around 0.050" for the treble strings (GBE), and around 0.080 for the bass strings (EAD). Hope this helps! - Jeff Lee, Halo, Hi, I recently bought a Martin GPCRSTG, I noticed it buzzes on the 6 string, 5 string and 2 string, it buzzes when strumming as well when I play a fingerpicking song, really don´t know what to do. No I'm working on a problem which I wasn't aware of, nothing from the neck pickup. - Jeff Lee, Halo. The gap should be smaller than the thickness of a regular High E string. On the majority of our guitars, the truss rod is adjusted at the headstock side with a 4mm hex wrench, which is always supplied with our guitars. Just one of these problems is enough to cause fret buzz, but often times a guitar has a combination of these three problems all at once. Is this normal or does that mean that the neck is warped? Was it from underneath the i have acoustic guitar pluto39c but suddenly my B string is vibrating too much as untune what should i do plz help me. My question is regarding how can you determine how high or low, the very last fret on the fretboard is with the all around buzz and timbre of the guitar. And the clear, treblely ringing quality seems absent. Playing an AM chord involves using a 2 1 3 rather than 123 fingering with my 1st finger jammed in at an angle to get closer to the fret to prevent buzzing. String action is the height of the guitar string measured at a specific fret. I suspect that it not being grounded is causing the noise. Dont know how to deal with it Informative stuff in this forum so I'll add my problem: Recently restrung my Ibanez acoustic and it sounds fine except for anything played on the 6th fret. How to fix fret buzz caused by low string action: Loosen the strings a bit to relieve tension, then increase the string action by making adjustments at the string saddles (located on the bridge). Hello, have a situation thats hard to describe but would love so much to fix this. The guitar string is being fretted at the first fret (by an invisible finger). Thanks, Do you know what's wrong with it? Any way to fix this? I'd suggest taking it to a qualified guitar technician or luthier... sorry I couldn't be of more help! Changed the nut, then lowered the action to something a bit better. @Nathan - if you changed to a lighter gauge set of strings, then the action decreases across the board (ever so slightly). This slight decrease in action might have been enough to cause some fret buzz in those areas you described. The rest of the strings sound just fine. There is a threshold, though, to how low the string action can be set before it starts to create problems. ... Buzzes nearly everywhere all the time, strings are literally touching the frets in the center or other area of the fingerboard. Hope this helps - Jeff Lee, Halo Custom Guitars. Guitar: Yamaha Pacifica 112J . Why does my guitar buzzes when hammered open string? I have a older model of squire strat and every time I fret anything on the third and fourth fret it completely buzzes out the note ive tried having the neck adjusted but nothing happened. Not too long ago I noticed a buzz or hiss whenever I wasn't touching the strings. In fact, they can pull the guitar strings, so that they collide against the frets of your electric guitar while vibrating, which will cause the buzzing. Thanks -Jeff Lee. No difference. any idea on whats causing the buzzing on just one of my guitars and not all of them? The fret buzz might go away after the instrument is set up. Thanks for sharing this post. Or its just because of the new strings? Halo instruments are always shipped with level frets and proper string action, so if you're getting any fret buzz on your new Halo guitar, you only need to make a simple truss rod adjustment! Off the get it fixed by pro. I fear my frets after 15+ years of use are worn and uneven. Hope this helps! . How can I fix this? You could take it to a qualified guitar technician or luthier in your area to confirm! You've got a guitar that you love. If it's buzzing on the 17th fret, then the 18th fret might be lifting out of the fret slot, which would cause the 18th fret to be too high and cause fret buzz. My '72 Les Paul Custom took to them well not buzz... no need for adjustments. . Rest is all fine. Truss rod may be way too tight back bowing the neck. As a result, the guitar pickups if the position to high may pull strings towards them. i want to thank you for your quick reply ,well this is what i did , i turned the truss rod a quarter of a turn towards the low e -string ,seems to have worked .thank you again ,stay safe . But now when I play open chords- Emin, Amin, Cmaj, Amaj, etc. the buzz comes from the butt/bridge/sound hole area not the frets. Korie: My guitar first fret Is giving the same sound as an open string no matter wah I do or how I tune, what do I do? Jeff Lee, Halo Custom Guitars. @kashmir sumi-og - in response to your comment, "My guitar is buzzing open fret at 4th string..plss help.." --- It sounds like your 4th string slot is slightly too deep! To add insult to injury, the guitar was just plek'd so the frets should be level (and look level on my straight edge). I would check to make sure you neck is not back bowed. - Jeff Lee, Halo Custom Guitars. It only happens on that fret on the high E not anywhere else on the fretboard. Thanks! Halo Covid-19 Update - click for more info. It's also possible that both of these things are happening at the same time! My string is buzzing even I don't use chords or something , just normally played it. The buzz disappears when I touch the metal components of the guitar (the bridge, strings, tuners, the mounting screws … My guitar will make a buzzing sound when I play, but it's only on the first 2 strings and on certain frets. Not entirely sure what's going on with that. Any advice? . Hope this helps! On the other hand, the ESP was ok for a day or so then began buzzing at the low-E (and A) at the nut and slightly on the 1st and 2nd frets... no other frets are affected. I can go up the fret board on these strings chromatically without any buzzing. I have a buzz on B and E strings when I play a chord and begin to lift the fingers off to make another chord. As I have just started repairing and yesterday also fixed guitar tuner buttons for the Gibson guitar. If there is no gap (the string is touching the fret wire), then the neck is probably back-bowed. I have put a slightly heavier 1st string on the 000 (0.013 instead of 0.012). I have a classical guitar.. and there was nothing wrong until I played the E string on the 7 freth and the open D string together, I hear the D string buzzing and I don’t know why, only when those two notes sound together, help please!!!! I wanted to ask.. But, you start getting fret buzz when fretting because your frets are probably uneven and need to be leveled. Hi Rjames - 4/64ths is a bit low for our standards. If no, then remove that scrap of paper, and then do the same thing, but this time at the bridge saddle side. I believe it's the nut slotting. This allows us to set up our guitars with very low string action while still being able to offer buzz-free playing. Or should I just take it to a shop and just have it set up? Fret #2 is taller than Fret #1, which results in there not being enough space between the top of Fret #2 and the bottom of the guitar string. It plays fine open and the other frets. Hope this helps! Seeems to be a ground issue but can't find it. The string does not buzz against the low frets. So. I suggest going through the steps mentioned in the blog post to pin point the issue. Jeff Lee is the head of Halo Custom Guitars. So, that's why it's super important all the frets on a guitar are the same height, or level, with each other. If heavier strings aren't an option, then it might be time to increase the action a bit. I was recording the other day and thought I had a good take until I listened back carefully and could hear the friggin parts that I had to move off the strings. @Harold - it sounds like the action may be too low at the bridge. I suggest taking it to your local guitar repair shop for an assessment. i try to adjust the truss rod and level up frets but still the buzzing sound could be hear. I was actually going to change out to Super Slinkys 9-42s. If it does buzz when you fret with your fingers, then your guitar may need a fret level! On a guitar with low action, tiny changes in your guitar's body can bring a fret in contact with an open string, creating a buzzing sound. saddle shim that increased the break angle of the string over the It could be a little bit of all the above. When you experience all or most of the strings buzzing when played open, then it is likely the neck is back bowed (there's not enough relief). The first thing to do is to check if the proper amount of relief is in the neck, and then check if the 3rd fret is installed all the way down into the fretboard. what might be the problem. how do i fix this? I, being a beginner, have a squire. Prior to the restringing, I don't recall having this issue. The only thing I haven't tried is the fret leveling because that doesn't seem to be the problem. *PLS HELP.*. I'm having problems with buzzing of the bass note. It's not enough to just provide a string action measurement by itself; it's necessary to know the string action measurement and the fret at which that measurement was taken. (You must log in or sign up to reply here. Thanks in advance for any help! When winter began, the first string started buzzing on 2nd fret. Could it be string height? I played on a Squier when I was a beginner, too. Repair ground Breakup from Bad Cable Solution: Repair or Replace Cable. And for what it's worth, I have an extra saddle piece that was included with the guitar when I purchased it. From what you describe, I'd guess your 000's 3rd fret wire is a bit high. Please help me! - Jeff, Halo. Please help! It was working fine, but after tuning, the bass strings (EA) are getting fret buzz on open strumming, most likely near the fingerboard. . To roughly measure the amount of relief in the neck, we could use the string as a straight edge by pressing and holding down on the first and last fret of the 4th string, and then looking very closely to see if there is a gap between the bottom of the 4th string and the top of the 8th fret wire. Please help. Only one of my strings buzzes and it doesnt matter what note I play or anything. but if I try to press them in the 2nd fret (or put a capo on the 2nd fret) it sound good & clear. Hope this helps! I have a kind of wonky method for diagnosing this problem, but it might not work every time. I rewire EVERY guitar I buy. Maybe try increasing the action to at least 5/64ths? I suggest taking it to a guitar repair shop for assessment. Hope this helps! When not in the shop, Jeff can be found leading praise at his local church as a follower of Christ. When played open it sounds good. - Jeff Lee, Halo Custom Guitars, Hi Jeff I bought a shecter sgr solo 2 electric guitar a few days ago and only the G string started to buzz I have tried to adjust the truss rod check the action height and try to adjust the bridge but the G string is still buzzing on the first fret when I play the string open any advice on how I could get the string to stop buzzing, Halo Admin Response: Hi Reinhardt - if the G string buzzes when played open, then it could be that the nut Any suggestions? The rule is the frets on your guitar are supposed to be level with each other. What could be the cause if the problem has such specific conditions? To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. If your guitar has a grounding problem, it’s usually due to bad soldering or a poor connection. If just having to take it in to the shop and see if my Tech can fix it or change out the nut, I'll do so. So it would seem that the buzz is not on the near frets. (It was my grandfathers and he thinks he damaged the fret when he tried to use a mic stand as a slide) I am thinking about replaceing the neck but I want a second opinion, HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: It probably just needs a fret level, not an entirely new neck! Samuel Q. II. @Alex - I suggest bringing it in to a technician to get a proper setup. Home Forums > Other Discussion Forums > Other Guitars, other instruments > Guitar buzzing when not touching strings/metal Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Vespa_One, Nov 13, 2018. You can tell because the noise goes away when you touch metal on the guitar, so it is clearly connected to ground; the same thing will happen if you just hold the guitar and touch any other grounded metal - like say on the amp, or via a wire to the ground lug on an outlet- because YOU are being grounded. I just bought a new Cort Ad810 acoustic guitar. It's common to take string action measurements at the first fret, twelfth fret, and seventeenth fret. --- Hmm, this might not be fret buzz, then. @John Brown - very cool! Changes in temperature, humidity, and pressure are the most common immediate cause, especially if the guitar has been in storage for a while. or do you want to take the neck pickup out and have esquire wiring? The fix is simple: increase the amount of relief in the neck by loosening the truss rod. thanks. I've been trying to figure out what causes it for a while, can anyone help? I just decided to switch over to an old old friend, Ernie Ball Slinky Hybrids 9-46. Hope this helps! The strings are buzzing against the first fret. Hope this helps! The buzz might be caused by that one string's bridge saddle, or that one string's nut slot, and therefore it buzzes no matter where you're playing. I am at the end of my first Tele guitar project and with strings attached I figured I would try the electronics out. when i put my finger on the low e string at the 7th fret and play open d string, the low e string produces buzzing sound. however, it buzzes on the 6th and 5t string (E and A in standard tune). They don't buzz when i play them open, only when im strumming a chord. I know this has been posted a bunch online but I just need to make sure. If it wasn't buzzing before, but then started to buzz after a string change, then I don't think it's the nut. The 00 measures .007 and .010. Thanks in advance. Copyright © 2004-2020 Halo Custom Guitars and Luthier Services. But, it will just be less comfortable to play, unfortunately. I have started my new guitar repairing shop. My guitar first fret Is giving the same sound as an open string no matter wah I do or how I tune, what do I do? Or what do your commonly recommend? The common explanation for why noise goes away when you touch the strings or metalwork is that you are adding to the overall amount of screening. HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: It sounds like you may need a "fret level." Any ideas?" The low E string has a buzz every time it is fretted. A good article to know on fret height and string action. I leveled a Jackson for a friend who, of course, wanted it strung with 9's very low and over the 24 frets. The guitar is a Washburn acoustic, Koa wood model, with great tones for the price paid. Many pickups will ground the metal pickup chassis/casing or polepieces with a wire that merges with the ground connection lead. The worse spot is when I strum in the middle. Even if I play each string open about second fret, all my strings touch the third fret as well. Apart from that, the source of your fret buzz is hard to diagnose. Any suggestion would help a lot. I have an Esteban Acoustic Electric guitar and I've had it for a few months now. Can get this to stop with small neck adjustment and less desired action, but would prefer to try something to keep the current action and rid this noise. HALO: Yes, the same principles and solutions apply to bass guitars as well! That means your 3rd fret is probably a bit taller and causing fret buzz. i bought a new acoustic and it buzzes. Can this be corrected at screws on the saddle? This is a multi-step process and can take a professional between 1-2 hours depending on the condition of the fretboard and the frets themselves. Do I need to tighten the truss rod slightly to give it less bow or is it OK where it is? Thanks! I play my guitar regularly and my strings are always tuned. Best to take it to a qualified guitar technician to get it diagnosed. If you reversed the leads, then the metal components would be in the hot signal path instead of directly grounded which could cause the buzzing. The over all action on the guitar isn't that low, and the string height on the 6th string is just a midge over 4/64th at the 12th fret (no capo) and the string is not bent. --- it sounds like your strings don't buzz when played open because you have relatively high action at the nut. I can play guitar but not a professional or an experienced guitarist. Thanks very much! Apologies. Note: Acoustic guitar buzzing and electric guitar buzzing is the same when it comes to diagnosis. When the player plucks the steel strings, they vibrate next to the magnet, producing a similar vibration in the magnet’s magnetic field, which in turn causes a varying current in the coil. Halo instruments are equipped with two-way adjustable truss rods. @Jerry Palmones - in response to your comment, "Just received my purchased Yamaha F310 acoustic guitar online. Most guitars, even high-end ones, come with REALLY crappy wiring that wouldn't pass QC on a Happy Meal toy. Electric guitar buzzing when not touching the metal Every time I take my fingers off the strings I get crazy buzzing and noise. So, it probably means the 18th fret is really high. weird thing is, neither of my other guitars buzz when i strum and they're way older than my Les Paul. What causes Fret Buzz? I have a custom electric guitar. Fender Stratocaster Guitar Forum. Hello. Shawna, @Shawna Bradford - Hmm... it sounds like you're referring to the clean tones when plugged in to an amp. A qualified technician can probably do this with a fret setter or doing some fret leveling there. - Jeff Lee, Halo. Hope this helps! Thanks for your thoughts. Please help me I’ve tried everything I can. Now, the sustain feels slighty less? If it doesn't, then you'll need to get the fret leveled. To enter. . *** HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: Hi Paul, it sounds like you might have some high frets that are only causing buzz when you apply less pressure to the strings. john robinson: i brought a brand new tanglewood model tw4 acoustic ,6 string 2 months ago, today playing the high e -string f ok , f# & g sound the same every other strings ok . Why does a guitar amp buzz when you're not touching the strings, and why does it stop when you touch the strings or anything metal on the guitar? can anybody could help me please.!!! (1) your neck is severely back bowed (2) the nut slots are cut way too deep (3) the first fret is way too high. if I press them in the 1st fret, I can almost hear a dead sound. I live in a pretty cold place where temps drop till 5°C during winters. It buzzes anytime I strum it no matter what. [HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: It sounds like you need to loosen the truss rod. Hi. HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: It sounds like your guitar could be back bowed, please refer to the blog article above for help. If this is the case, then your guitar's 3rd fret wire is very high and needs to be brought back down to the same height as the neighboring frets. The circuit is a mess of ground loops and receives a lazy splash of shielding paint at most. There is an exception to this rule (upper fret "fall-away"), but I will not be getting in to that here. Quick video walk through of how to diagnose and fix the problem. Plz help me. - Jeff Lee, Halo Custom Guitars. The G string on my bass buzzes, and whenever I use the first fret on this string it goes a whole step not a half step, HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: This is likely due to an extremely high fret, which requires a fret leveling procedure. Hey Samuel - it sounds like your necks are back bowing a bit due to the lighter gauge strings you're using (and perhaps other factors like temperature, humidity, etc...). Since I strung it up to I hope I can remove the pickup without removing the strings. I took it to the luthier to fret level my guitar, adjust relief and action and change new stings (.9-.42). Guitar stops buzzing when I touch the strings; Poll Why does a guitar amp buzz stop when you're touching the strings? I’m just at a loss! do these solutions apply to bass guitar's also? Or you can read the blog article above and diagnose it on your own. This measurement is taken at the 14th fret for most guitars and 12th fret for parlor body guitars. But, if the neck is back bowed, then you could probably solve the problems by loosening the truss rod a bit! Normally this is a ground issue. The guitar is in perfect condition but the D string and A strings are buzzing whenever I play a chord. It looks, feels, and sounds great... but, some (or all) of your strings are buzzing against the frets and it's driving you nuts. i love it. My guitar is buzzing a lot. To avoid string buzz, I need to get all my fingers really close to the fret but not touching. I then started using DR DMG 9-50s (Dimebag Darrell Signature series) over 13 years ago, until now. When the frets are not level with each other, that means some of the frets are shorter and some of the frets are taller. Is this possible that the 2nd fret is taller than the other? Neck. --- If the neck is straight or has a tiny bit of relief, then yes, the 2nd fret is taller than the 1st! All the best, - Jeff Lee, Halo Custom Guitars, Hi, I have a decent understanding of guitar mechanics, but my old Les Paul Studio mystifies me. Some audio interfaces that use the USB or PCI port will add strange noises to the recordings or to your playbacks. I'd start be ensuring the neck has enough relief and then address the fret heights after that. String height at the nut is comparable. Three common causes for fret buzz: (1) uneven frets (2) excessively low string action, and (3) a back bowed neck. If there is significant and measurable difference, then this usually indicates the neck is twisted, unfortunately. Any ideas? hii ! HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: It sounds like the 3rd fret might be too high, or your neck is back bowed. It could also be that your neck just needs to have a bit more relief (i.e. I'll try the 9-42s later. I have a Santa Cruz 000 12 fret that has a buzz when I fret the 1st string, second fret, most often when I'm in drop-D tuning. I resoldered the connetions including all grounds as a pile of solder isn't appealing to me and checked the switch location per a standard Tele schematic. With the guitar strung and tuned to pitch, truss rod adjustments can be made until only a very small gap can be seen and you'll probably be able to eliminate the fret buzz. My guitar buzzes when I play c,f,am,em but it doesn't when I play g?????? . When I press down very firmly behind the 1st and the opposite side of the 20th (last) frets of each string (one at a time) and use a spare finger to gently strum the string softly, I can produce a non-buzzing tone on the thinner strings. - Jeff Lee, Halo Custom Guitars. The gray line is the guitar string. Haven't done before. This is a very imprecise method, but it can be helpful if you have nothing else better. Win a Broadcaster or one of 3 Teles! (I can strum all open strings vigorously with no buzzing at all.) any ideas. I've got an ibanez electric guitar which has recently started buzzing at the 17th fret on the high E! ... and How to Fix it! Hi Jeff, what an amazing read! the smaller gauge because I just don't think the thickness anymore. Hope this helps! Hi I play my guitar every day I have recently moved into a high rise flat my guitar was fine yesterday but today when I press the twelfth fret it sounds dead with a bit of buzz I don't understand how it can change so quickly do you have any advice on what could have caused it. Please can someone help me! I've sat this thing on a table and looked that the fret as the string vibrates and it does not touch a fret bar. i’ve changed my guitar strings my G is showing A So feel free to read along if you’ve got steel-string issues if you play an acoustic. The 000 is right at the verge, so I'm hesitant to take the action down. I found 3M magnetic paint is a good blocker so long as you get a good ground happening you can spray over. Buzz/Hum when not touching metal parts of guitar? - Jeff Lee, Halo Custom Guitars. Can't hear it at the house even in front of my computer monitor but at my Church it's an issue. How to fix audio interface buzzing, clicking and popping sounds. I'll provide the answer and explanation next week. ." I own a jackson i am having a problem with my B string If the buzz only occurs at that string and fret, then I'd guess the cause of the buzz is not due to the nut or the saddle. Hi! But, what if we want to play a half step up (at the second fret)? For me, it did buzz a bit acoustically. I can do the same with the thicker strings at the 19th fret unless I play very softly. Is there anything else that can cause this problem? Is this a common issue on older guitars that may have not had a complete fret level. Hope this helps! My guitar is brand new. i brought a brand new tanglewood model tw4 acoustic ,6 string 2 months ago, today playing the high e -string f ok , f# & g sound the same every other strings ok . Thanks. All the strings buzz if I strum, even when I’m I’m not making any chords or anything. The 000 measures .010 and .022, respectively. Any ideas? We like to take our action measurements at the seventeenth fret for all our electric guitars. I'm not sure if I need a truss rod adjustment, or if the nut is too worn down. Basically, if the player attacks the string too aggressively on a perfectly fine guitar, fret buzz will still occur. I don't feel the strings are excessively low. It was in my Dad's shed for close to 21 years without strings and in disrepair before he gave it to me. I was recording the other day and thought I had a good take until I listened back carefully and could hear the friggin parts that I had to move off the strings. Remember how I mentioned the string doesn't actually buzz against the low frets? I can play guitar but not a professional or an experienced guitarist. I started to play it when i went home and all of the strings are starting to buzz. While I'll most likely end up taking it to my local guitar shop, any info or suggestions would be appreciated. I recently put a capo on the second fret of both guitars and measured the height at the 3rd and 4th frets. then the 7th fret is probably too high and needs to be leveled. If there is a huge gap (say, 0.5mm or more), then the neck is probably forward-bowed. My guitars string (E) 10th 11th and 2nd string are not working The pickup is a bar magnet wrapped with thousands of turns of wire, forming a coil. Otherwise, you may need to invest in a fret level ($50 ~ $100 depending where you are geographically). HALO: I'm not sure what's going on there... best to take it to a qualified guitar repair shop or luthier! So is there any way you know how to fix this? Any ways to fix this?" This is a very important factor for a guitar. I have a mitchell md-100 acoustic that started to get fret buzz on the high E string at the 12th and 13th fret after a change of strings. @Sandeep - your guitar neck is probably back bowed and needs the truss rod to be loosened. Pictures will probably help illustrate what I'm saying. Aug 23, 2013 Home recording equipment by . ]. Uh oh. It doesn't look like it, to me at least. Today's Posts; Member List; Calendar; Forum; Equipment; Tech Q&A; If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. Is this possible that the 2nd fret is taller than the other? Hi Halo Guitars! I used shielding paint on the interior of all my guitars already and dont have a need for shileding at the moment though. They might be able to tap the 18th fret back down into the fret slot (if it's lifted out), or they might need to perform a fret level. It sounds like the cable is unplugged when I'm not playing. There are guitar necks out there that can only be adjusted in one direction, and still other guitar necks that can't be adjusted all. . I've had really good result with fret rocker and fixing issues Please help? Thanks! . they used to be reliable and last long. Hope this helps! .when I play the 3-strings 1 2 & 3 (E B & G) during open chords it sound buzzing. I noticed a buzzing sound coming from the amp when not touching any metal on my guitar. Amp: Yamaha THR10x. I bought a fender electro acoustic guitar .at first it was playing beautifully for a couple of weeks .one day 1st string started buzzing . It only buzzes when distortion is added and I'm not touching any metal hardware on the guitar. Even with what looks to be (when sighting down the neck) a decent amount of relief, the tonal quality of fretted notes past say, the 9th fret on up, is sort of dull. Since the guitar doesn't buzz in any other scenario, it could be due to how the notes are being played (fretting pressure combined with plucking force). Any suggestions? The amp does not buzz when there is no guitar plugged into it. Jeff- if it is a hammer on from 5 to 7 frets the sound doesn't come along the whole fret fret board, but if it is a hammer on from open string to 6th fret upward there is this slapping sound or short buzz. The string sits deep in the nut, but so do the others and I'm getting little (A) to no buzz on them. That means the guitar string will rattle/buzz against Fret #2 every time the guitar is fretted and played at Fret #1. Cables can … When he picked it up, he played it and there was no buzz whatsoever. slot for that string is cut too deep, or the neck is back bowed and you Required fields are marked*. On the other hand, your guitar strings are made out of metal. my problem is that all the frets are buzzing. The sound is fine but whenever I touch the volume, tone, or anything metal I get a grounding hum and it ain't a good tune. Just wanted to say thanks, HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: You are welcome, my friend. They don't buzz when i play them open, only when im strumming a chord. i took it to guitar center and they told me strumming to hard can make it buzz like it does. The guitar I had bought recently started buzzing when I play any note on the guitar on any fret, even open strings. I'd try installing new strings to see if it goes away. After i toom the guitar to my house i noticed there is only fret buzz on the 6th string, on the same 3rd fret (not on the 1st string anymore). If I do, how much, approximately, will that run me? Hi Al - that is a really interesting phenomenon. Different players will have different preferences for their string action. unless you have a better idea. Thank you, Hold one terminal on the back of the volume pot, (B on the above strat pickguard image) Use the free terminal to touch every metal piece, and pay attention to … for the past year they've become unreliable: breaking at installation, breaking when new at the nut, mid neck or at saddle... not even a handful of uses then pop! Electric guitar buzzing when not touching the metal. Just one of these problems is enough to cause fret buzz, but often times a guitar has a combination of these three problems all at once. . I am a beginner and can't fix it What's going on here? @Korie - there are a few possible reasons for this issue. any ideas. I can't figure it out. Halo does not use the above method in setting neck relief. ***. Sounds like you could have some high spots on your 6th, 7th and 8th frets. I've been trying to figure out what causes it for a while, can anyone help?" You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. A guitar technician should be able to resolve the issue very quickly for you. My low E buzzes pretty much all along the fretboard on stationary notes but especially when I'm sliding my finger. Tyler - it sounds like your A string is buzzing when you fret at the 2nd fret. Once I bought a cheap Chinese made guitar on eBay and it had terrible buzzing that wouldn’t go away when touching the strings or moving the guitar around. I also have a nearly identical 00 12 fret that plays great. This is really just a guess, though. Thank you for this information. the guitar is absolutely gorgeous and takes center spot amongst my other guitars. Since you just got it plek'd, I'd say take it back to whoever plek'd it and they can take a closer look. I've got a classical Alhambra 5p guitar and have a weird buzz, weird because it only appears if I play both 1st and 6th string on the 3rd fret at the same time, and not any other note, combination or condition. In extreme cases, there will be no gap at all (they're touching) between Fret #2 and the guitar string, and the result is a dead fret... the guitar can't even produce the note! @Brian - if the setup was done properly and the frets are level... and it still buzzes, then you could increase relief, action and string gauge until it goes away. Buzz will also often be greatly reduced when you touch the strings or any other metal part of the guitar, sometimes accompanied by an audible click, whereas hum will remain unchanged. Where did the extra saddle piece come from? My guitar amp is connected into a 2prong outlet but using an adapter because there's no ground plug. My guitar, Art & Luthrie by Godin. A good technician or luthier should be able to identify the problem within minutes. It is very annoying. HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: Sounds like the string could be buzzing in either the nut slot or the saddle. . @john robinson - I think you're saying that when you play the F# (2nd fret) on the High E string, it rings out a G note. I have problem on second fret only. At Halo, every instrument is put through a full fret leveling process and it's performed by one of our professional guitar technicians in Cupertino, California. Three common causes for fret buzz: (1) uneven frets (2) excessively low string action, and (3) a back bowed neck. @Brian - apart from what you've already mentioned, you could also try a higher tension string to reduce oscillation. It look like its not sounding properly its not the freet buzz for sure and may be its the saddle problem Okay, My D-String on my acoustic guitar is buzzing whenever it is played from open to second fret, but as far as I can tell it's not buzzing against a fret. Is it possible for the buzz to be at the other end; something going on at the saddle? Hope this helps and hope you can get it fixed! It's the tall frets that the string physically comes in to contact with, resulting in fret buzz. Any ways to fix this? . Having checked action, slot depths, saddle heights all the way along, I can't believe a buzz on 5th string from fret 4 to fret 9 and nowhere else and on no other string! It might be 60hz hum if you are using singles coils. Add your email address to our newsletter and get promo codes and news updates. If your bass has a hum that remains constant regardless of touching metal/strings/bridge you have a deeper issue, although I would check the ground wire coming from the bridge in this case as well. I'm guessing my frets are even and I do not have back bow. After touching the metal parts the buzzing stops. The high e string on my cheap indonesian electric buzzes (will barely sound a note, actually) from the 3rd fret up, completely useless. Setting the action lower than this is not advisable as it will likely result in fret buzz. Hi Halo, Could you address the last fret on a fretboard? I also tried the bit of paper test in the nut slot and on the saddle. Neck could be a warped, or have excess back bow even after truss rod is loosened. I have a Epiphone Pr-150-Vs and on the second fret of all strings buzz when i press down on them,no other frets do that. Please. Hii! I suggest reading the article to understand what's going on, then you can be equipped to solve the issue. Also it had been almost a month that I haven't played the guitar. Drat! @Josh - that's pretty high up on the neck for fret buzz. And it doesn't sound nice at all. I am trying to figure out if my action might be too high. My G string starts buzzing whenever I press on the 2nd to 5th frets, plus, my A buzzes on the 5th. .when I play the 3-strings 1 2 & 3 (E B & G) during open chords it sound buzzing. Hey! sorry I dont quite understand... does your neck pickup not work anymore, and you want to get it working again? HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: There are only two other factors I can think of at the moment - (1) an astronomically high fret or (2) a very mangled set of first 3 strings (have you tried changing the strings?) What can be done to fix this? By the way, if you've ever seen somebody pick up a guitar (to inspect it) and look down the neck while squinting and moving their head side to side a bit... they were "sighting" the neck in order to check the amount of relief in it. We always use straight edges and gauges. The guitar had always had a kind of chimey, bell like quality in its clean tones (selector in center position) that I've always enjoyed. My guitar amp keeps buzzing and makes a crackling/popping sound when I touch the metal parts on my guitar. Your grounds are fine. Hope this helps! This doesn't happen while playing tabs. The relief on the 000 is actually a bit more than the 00. Adding more relief doesn't help very much, and it raises the action of the strings too much for the guitar. Note: When I first got the guitar I had 11 gazed strings and the buzz appeared only when I mistakenly changed the set to 9 gazed strings...I changed them after 3 months ( both sets ) and now I have 10 gazed strings, HALO: Hi Bill, it sounds like you have a high spot on your 4th fret wire in the area of the D string. But, the amount of relief in a guitar neck will definitely change over time, and it is due to a variety of reasons such as: Well, there you have it. I personally use this one, and it allows for tension adjustments: http://www.planetwaves.com/pwProductDetail.Page?ActiveID=4115&productid=612&productname=NS_Tri_Action_Capo_Black. @Kyle - in response to your comment, "My guitar will make a buzzing sound when I play, but it's only on the first 2 strings and on certain frets. I just bought a second hand mm stingray sub and it rattles on the third fret and also the notes don’t get lower at the proper pitch between the third fret and the first. Now I am just searching for more repairing job done by the technicians to enhance my knowledge. HALO: Sounds like the neck is back bowed. Hi, hello sir... Pls my guitar is realy sick... when playing on high octaves the sound is normal.. i have acoustic guitar pluto39c but suddenly my B string is vibrating too much as untune what should i do plz help me" --- At which fret is the B string vibrating too much? Reasoning? I am really benefited from this content and very confident to replace the neck screws. Another possibility is that the frets lifted a little out of their slots and that's causing the buzz. I checked for the relief and made right using an Allen Key provided with the guitar. Back bow is always bad. But I'm not able to figure out why the buzz is still there. The annual Supporting Member Giveaway is on. @Corbin - in response to your comment, "I just bought an Epiphone les paul today. I've got my acoustic for two years now and this never happened before. i have a stratocaster copy and i have performed a full fret leveling. Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by jrfivestar, Sep 20, 2008. I just got a brand new $2000 tele, and it buzzes everywhere on the first 3 strings. @debbie - it sounds like the action may be too low at the bridge. Recently I have to replace guitar neck screws and for this, it is very important to know the mode of action of different parts of a guitar. DRs are expensive but lately unreliable. The higher frets (specifically the 17th fret of my d string) is giving me more fret buzz even with the action a bit high. I identified it as a grounding issue, as the sound would almost completely disappear when i turned the power strip in my room off. What can be the reason? I started to play it when i went home and all of the strings are starting to buzz. Hard to I have a problem where one fret buzzes and sounds dead on the 14th fret, G string. Or am I in major trouble? If not, you have permission to shake your fist at me. Because that might have been a But when i play toward the head (eg) from D-A# ... the sound become tuneledd and annoying... pls help. There is a quick "buzz" or slapping sound on the 5th & 6th strings, midrange (from 6th fret upward) only when pressing the string down; e.g. But regardless of which fret I play, the low E will buzz every time. . It's just the 1-2 frets. Every time I put the capo on the fourth fret it starts buzzing. I have a strat that plays great with just a bit of relief, except for the 6 string which buzzes from the 5th fret on up, and gets progressively worse as you fret the string towards the bridge. But action is higher than I'd like. I’m using a Jazzmaser plugged into my new Vox AC15 (15W). How to fix fret buzz caused by uneven fret heights: Perform a full fret leveling procedure. I've adjusted the relief and that helps to get the string just on the verge of buzzing. It sounds fine when no finger is on it but when I apply pressure it buzzes and vibrates making the note sound scratchy can you help? Learning to sight a neck is also helpful in that it enables you to make the necessary truss rod adjustment without any fancy tools. I have an Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro and while I love the hell out of that guitar, I have some questions. Is it just a case of adjusting the block on the but forward or perhaps backwards. With your guitar’s electronic cavities open, turn your multimeter to the D.C. Resistance setting, about 20K.

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