FRETS.COM: Chasing the Mystery Buzz

Easily fixed
Loose String Ball

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

It pays to get lucky.

If I hear a tiny buzz at the bridge, I'm likely to look inside the guitar right away, hoping to see this:

Nothing like a loose string ball to make life easy. These little guys can really set up a buzz! Fortunately it's the easiest buzz to cure. All I have to do is make sure the string ball seats up against the bridge plate, and I'm done.

Sometimes there's a good reason why the string ball won't seat well, such as oversize bridge pins, lumpy winding on the string, that sort of thing. Most of the time, it's just a matter of the string snagging on the edge of the hole as it's tuned up.

This is absolutely my favorite kind of buzz. It's easy to fix and there's nothing wrong with the instrument.

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