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They can rattle against neck or body
Stray String Ends

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

Here's another really easy one. Those loose string ends can rattle against the top of a classical guitar:

It's amazing how loud they can be! Just clip them short so they can't touch the top, and you're done!

If I hear a buzz that appears to come from the peghead, I'll immediately snip the string ends if they look anything like this:

Not surprisingly, coiled loose string ends can easily rattle and buzz, sometimes intermittently, sometimes sympathetically with certain notes.

Every so often I encounter one like this:

Even a tiny short end can be positioned just right to make a special little noise.

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