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Last Updated: March 8, 2021
“Why are my guitar strings buzzing?”
It’s one of the most common questions I’m asked by concerned guitar owners. People’s reaction to guitar string buzz varies widely. Some people flat-out don’t care or don’t notice. Others find it maddening–to the point that they can’t focus on just playing their guitar and having fun.
Guitar string buzz can happen for many reasons, and in some cases it can be due to an actual problem with the guitar. This includes things such as loose, uneven, or worn frets, an unnatural hump in the fretboard, or worse. Only a skilled guitar repairperson can diagnose and fix those types of issues.
On the other hand, there are a number of “normal” things, all within your control, that can cause guitar string buzz, and those are the ones we’re going to cover in this post.