FRETS.COM: Chasing the Mystery Buzz

For that "fuzzy" tone
Flat Saddle

© Frank Ford, 11/1/98; Photos by FF, October 1998

You know the sound of a sitar.

My wife, Joy, says, "Oh, yeah, that's the instrument that snores!"

In any case, the sitar gets that special buzzing sound from the bridge. The strings flap against a broad flat plate so they rattle and vibrate to provide just the right amount buzzing sound.

Guitar saddles can work just like little sitar bridges.

Check out this saddle:

The string comes up out of the bridge and goes flat across a flat saddle. When the string vibrates, it flaps against the saddle, with a characteristic buzzing sitar tone.

An easy fix: Make the saddle rounded on top so the string will contact a single point and not be able to flap.

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