String Buzz, Multiple Strings
Thursday, January 5, 2012
If all your strings are buzzing, there are few things you’ll want to check.
- Are the strings new? Have you changed strings recently? If the strings have been used more than a few times, try a fresh pack and see if that alleviates the problem.
- Truss rod adjustment. Taking all the strings off at once allows the neck to relax. Restringing doesn’t always bring the neck back to exactly where it was. If this is the case, a simple truss rod adjustment will fix it. See our tech sheet on adjusting the truss rod. For more information, review Taylor Tech Sheet “Truss Rod Adjustment.”
- Did you change to a different string gauge or tuning? Either of these can change the amount of tension on the neck, making it backbow and cause buzzing. If this is the case, a simple truss rod adjustment will fix it. For more information, review Taylor Tech Sheet “Truss Rod Adjustment.”
- If the truss rod is adjusted properly and there’s still significant string buzz, the guitar may be getting dry, reacting to a lack of humidity. Review Taylor Tech Sheet “Symptoms of a Dry Guitar.”
- Lastly, it may be that your guitar is in need of service. It may be time to have the frets dressed or replaced, which usually means it’s time to have the nut and saddle replaced too. Check out our service packages for more details.