28 Feb Buzzing guitar Strings
Buzzing guitar Strings
Buzzing strings is a common problem that you might encounter especially when playing the guitar for the first time. It is important to ensure that your guitar is well tuned before you can start playing. Well tuned strings have a clear and crisp sound, The buzzing sound varies widely and it can occur due to many reasons but it may also be as a result of an actual problem with your guitar which may include things such as worn, uneven and loose frets or worse. These issues can only be diagnosed and fixed by a qualified guitar repair person.
How to Avoid Buzzing Strings
There are other minor issues within your control that may cause the buzzing sound. Some of those include the following.
ImproperTuning and Setup:
Every guitar has a few interdependent adjustment points and if you tweak one thing it may affect another in some way. Tweak something different and you will have to compensate or adjust something else. One major symptom of of an improperly tuned guitar is a string buzz. Having your guitar setup by a good guitar repair-person is the same as having an ace mechanic “tune-up” your car. With time you will learn how to setup the guitar strings all by yourself.
Most guitars especially the acoustic ones perform best in an environment with a relative humidity of between 45 percent to 55 percent. If you frequently have your air conditioner or heater running in your house or you live in area experiencing dry climatic conditions, your guitar may become too dry hence it is important to ensure that you do something to get some moisture into the air around your guitar. A “dry guitar “will cause a string buzz as well as sharp fret ends. Should you suspect this to be the issue, you can purchase a digital hygrometer to get an accurate humidity reading when you are keeping your guitar or you can get a guitar humidifier which may depend on whether you store your guitar inside or outside a case.
ChangingYour String Brand or String Gauge (Thickness):
For your guitar to play optimally in a specific tuning, it requires a certain brand of strings and gauge thus it is important to use the exact same brand and gauge of strings that plays beautifully and have no buzzing sound every time you change them. Sometimes you may experience some buzzing guitar strings even when the guitar is properly tuned, which could simply mean that you are not pressing the guitar strings hard enough while you are playing so that the note can sound more clearly. But if pressing the strings hard does not work, then you can try to adjust the location of your finger on the guitar string since the buzzing sound may also be caused by placing your finger far away from the string in between the frets. To fix this problem, try to move the finger close to the front or middle of the fret.
It is advisable to replace your guitar strings every once in a while to avoid buzzing strings.