FRETS.COM: Chasing the Mystery Buzz

A rare cause, but it can happen
Bent String at Nut

© Frank Ford, 2/13/99; Photos by FF, 2/13/99

If you put your capo on too close to the nut, you can bend one or more strings downward enough to cause a first fret buzz:
See that dip the string takes as it exits the nut? This low E string is tuned to pitch, and the deflection is just enough to make the string rattle against the first fret.

It's not a common problem, but it can happen. A new string will clear up the buzz right away, of course.

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