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Thread: Buzzing on String Instruments: Causes and Cures

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    Thanks alot Beamish I'll get on that
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    I am having issues with my A string too.
    It sounds very odd but the tuner says that there is no problem with the tuning..

    It buzzes occasionally and the tension of the string feels kind of loose( as compared to the other strings), so do I need to restring it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsdepp View Post
    I am having issues with my A string too.
    It sounds very odd but the tuner says that there is no problem with the tuning..

    It buzzes occasionally and the tension of the string feels kind of loose( as compared to the other strings), so do I need to restring it?
    A change of strings is always a good place to start before making adjustments to the instrument.

    An occasional buzz can be down to technique issues. For a clean tone with no muffling or buzzing, the fretting hand fingers need to be just behind the fretwire. On low frets especially, if the finger is too far back it can allow a buzz.

    Even if the tuning is right, there will normally be some noticeable variation between the tension of the different strings.

    Just to double check what your tuner is telling you, you could visit http://www.get-tuned.com/ukulele_tuner.php and check by ear.

    If you're happy that your fretting technique is good and that your instrument is at the proper tuning/tension, then a change of strings would be my recommendation for the next thing to try.

    If that doesn't do it then you may need to work through some of the other possibilities listed in the original post, or come back for more ideas.

    Hope you manage to get it sorted.
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    Thanks a bunch for the expanded insite to my string buzz issue. Had no idea there were so many variables. And of all things, the possibility that a change in strings could solve the problem.

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    Hey Buddhu! First of, this is an awesome thread and thanks!

    Alright, so I am having a major issue with virtually all 4 strings right now...the buzz started on just the E string, and now is happening in all 4, especially when played open. I have tried fiddling around with the wires on the inside of the sound hole that connect to the electric pick-up, and that doesnt seem to help, BUT whenever i listen really closely next to the pick up itself, the buzz sounds as if it is coming from that area...however the buzz ALSO sounds very pronounced at the headstock/nut area...i checked at the first fret, and no strings are touching it when played open. So what is more probable, something to do with the pickup, or something to do with the nut? ANY help is appreciated!!! I am totally in love with this uke, and its is only a month old, so i'd really like to keep it in pristine condition if you know what i mean...Thank you!

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    Hey Chase.

    Ok, a few things to test and check.

    • Firstly, if you put a capo on the 1st or 2nd fret and the buzz is still there, then the problem isn't the nut.
    • Secondly, if you shake the uke, does anything rattle?
    • Thirdly, if the buzz disappears when you put a capo on, then check this: put yr capo at the third fret, how much space is there between the top of the first fret and the strings?
    • What strings are on your uke? Did you try changing them?
    • Lastly, for now, do you have long ends on the strings that might cause buzzes by vibrating against anything?
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    alrighty, There isss a rattle if i shake the uke around a bit, but i can see what it is, its all the wiring for the pick up. The strings are brand new Aquilas (and were installed by MGM, so they look fairly perfect to me). I actually do not own a capo, but just barring the strings makes it go away some.

    What I've done so far was make sure all the screws were tight on the geared tuners, then also on the active pickup, and that alsooo seemed to help the buzz. I'm pretty sure that is where its coming from, the wires vibrating against the inside of the body.

    Is there anyway I might be able to safely secure those wires down to the inside of the body? Can i just reach underneath the strings and tape them? I've gotten the buzz to mostly disappear per string, unless i am strumming a chord rather forcefully.....so maybe just securing everything will get rid of it for good?

    Thank you for the assistance, Rick, I truly do appreciate it!

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    Alright, so I am really really convinced that the buzz is coming from inside the ukulele somewhere...
    I've tightened all the screws, and made sure everything is sitting right in the nut. all seems well there, and also i dont see any fret issues, all riding the same height. When just strumming open, the buzz has disappeared, BUT while strumming on basically any chord that uses the 1st thru 4th or 5th frets, there is still a major buzz. (especially 2nd fret-based chords...worth noting.)

    Perhaps it isss a loose wire somewhere vibrating against the interior of the uke?

    Again, I really appreciate the advice. It does ALL of us here on UU a great deal of favors to have professionals like you to rely on

    chase
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    Just got a new uke (Cordoba 20TM-CE) and it buzzes on the E string, but only on the 1st fret. and C string but only on the eleventh fret. Now I have no clue. I don't think the wires are hitting because there is a brace for the wires on the inside. It's really starting to bug me now.
    (brand new, came with nylguts)

    thanks for all the info

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