FRETS.COM: Chasing the Mystery Buzz

Buzz Diagnosis

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

Acoustic instruments make little (or big) extraneous buzzing noises for a variety of reasons. The purpose of this article is to help track down the noises that are not a result of poor
technique. All vibrating strings make some buzzing noises naturally, and all instruments can be made to buzz if you try hard enough.

Tracking down these nasty noises can be quite a chase. Take a look at the
Big Buzz List if you'd like to run through all the possibilities, or go to the Buzz Diagnosis Start Page to answer some questions about symptoms.

Before you get started, let's have a little rap. Rapping on the neck or body is a good way to help locate a buzz that's caused by various loose or broken parts. Here's a quick discussion on

On to Buzz Diagnosis Start Page

The Big Buzz List

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