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Old 11-24-2012, 08:59 PM   #1
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fret buzz

Does anyone know why my guitar is buzzing only on the 12 fret of the E and A strings? sorry if this is not the correct forum, i don't post a lot. I would normally just go to a shop and pay to have it fixed, but i am broke lol
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:43 PM   #2
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Sounds like the 13th fret is too high. You could file down that fret of raise the bridge a tad.
Also, it might be that those notes are hitting a frequency that creates a buzzing. For instance, the windows in my room buzz like mad when I play a high "e" on my bass, but no other notes rattle them. It's probably a high fret though.
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:09 AM   #3
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ill give it a try. btw is it possible that its the truss rod?
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:00 AM   #4
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ill give it a try. btw is it possible that its the truss rod?


Generally when the truss rod isn't tensioned properly so it causes fret buzz, the buzz occurs on the lower frets (say 1 through 5 or 6). Not on fret 12, and it should buzz on all the strings not just 2.

Like what was said above it seems the 13th fret is a bit too high, see if you can level it down a bit so you can play normally again
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:56 PM   #5
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Before you go filing away at your frets, make sure that they haven't come loose and are sitting a little off the fretboard. Sometimes you can fix that just by hammering it back down.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:25 PM   #6
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And it could also be something else like a loose tuner or a screw. True fret buzz will be amplified, loose things will not, so crank it up and see if you can still hear it.

Check the fret heights with a straight edge.

Truss rod buzz sounds a lot like fret buzz. I just noticed the same thing on my bass yesterday! If your truss rod is loose, its pretty easy to tell. It will turn too easy. Normally there is a noticeable amount of stress on it. Of course, if it got rusty while it was loose, it will still feel hard to turn, so its not a 100% foolproof test. Adjusting the tension a little bit will make the buzz change or disappear, and small adjustments don't usually make a huge difference to the shape, assuming the truss rod was loose, but you might see your action go a wee bit higher.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:13 AM   #7
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thanks guys. ill try each option in the morning.
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:05 PM   #8
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it was the 13th fret. thank you
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