So. You've got a guitar that you love. It looks, feels, and sounds great... but, some (or all) of your strings are buzzing against the frets and it's driving you nuts. Let's take a look at some of the common causes of fret buzz and the appropriate ways to address each one. By the way, this is just an overview and not an in-depth tutorial.

Let's first define what "fret buzz" is in the first place. Fret buzz is the annoying sound caused by a guitar string rattling/buzzing against a fret wire when the guitar string is being plucked or played. There are three common causes of fret buzz:

  1. Frets are not level with each other (some are taller, some are shorter)
  2. String Action is too low
  3. Neck does not have enough "relief" (neck is too straight, or bowing backwards)

Note: I did not include technique as a cause of fret buzz, but it is worth mentioning because, at a certain point, the cause of fret buzz is the player and not the guitar. Basically, if the player attacks the string too aggressively on a perfectly fine guitar, fret buzz will still occur.

#1 - Frets are not level with each other

The rule is the frets on your guitar are supposed to be level with each other. That means they should all be the same height. There is an exception to this rule (upper fret "fall-away"), but I will not be getting in to that here. When the frets are not level with each other, that means some of the frets are shorter and some of the frets are taller. It's the tall frets that the string physically comes in to contact with, resulting in fret buzz. The string does not buzz against the low frets. Pictures will probably help illustrate what I'm saying.

Let's start with what we want to see:

Fret #1 and Fret #2 are the same height.
The gray line is the guitar string. The guitar string is being fretted at the first fret (by an invisible finger).

Great. The frets are exactly the same height off the fretboard, which results in there being a space between the top of Fret #2 and the bottom of the guitar string. Because a guitar string vibrates when plucked, there needs to be enough space between itself and the fret to allow for that vibration to occur without the two coming in to contact with each other.

Here's what we don't want to see:

Uneven Frets
The gray line is the guitar string. The guitar string is being fretted at the first fret (by an invisible finger).

Uh oh. Fret #2 is taller than Fret #1, which results in there not being enough space between the top of Fret #2 and the bottom of the guitar string. That means the guitar string will rattle/buzz against Fret #2 every time the guitar is fretted and played at Fret #1. In extreme cases, there will be no gap at all (they're touching) between Fret #2 and the guitar string, and the result is a dead fret... the guitar can't even produce the note!

Let's see what happens with low frets:

Fret #2 is shorter than Fret #1
The gray line is the guitar string. The guitar string is being fretted at the first fret (by an invisible finger).

Remember how I mentioned the string doesn't actually buzz against the low frets? We should be able to see clearly as to why. Fret #2 is so low that it actually increases the space between itself and the bottom of the guitar string. That means the string could be fretted and played rather aggressively at the first fret and still not buzz because there's so much space for the string to vibrate... But, what if we want to play a half step up (at the second fret)? Because Fret #2 is so low, we can almost be certain that Fret #3 would be taller and so the problem of fret buzz is still present; it just got shifted up the neck. Drat!

So, that's why it's super important all the frets on a guitar are the same height, or level, with each other. At Halo, every instrument is put through a full fret leveling process and it's performed by one of our professional guitar technicians in Cupertino, California. This allows us to set up our guitars with very low string action while still being able to offer buzz-free playing.

How to fix fret buzz caused by uneven fret heights: Perform a fret leveling procedure. This is a multi-step process and can take between 1-2 hours depending on the tools, supplies and experience you have.

#2 - String action is too low

Let's define "string action". String action is the height of the guitar string measured at a specific fret. It's not enough to just provide a string action measurement by itself; it's necessary to know the string action measurement and the fret at which that measurement was taken. It's common to take string action measurements at the first fret, twelfth fret, and seventeenth fret. Different players will have different preferences for their string action. Some players prefer relatively high action, while others prefer very low (aka "slammed") action.

There is a threshold, though, to how low the string action can be set before it starts to create problems. String action is difficult to measure with standard rulers, so we recommend this String Action Gauge. We have several of these gauges in our shop and they're very useful for setting up each individual string to the desired action. We like to take our action measurements at the seventeenth fret for all our electric guitars. Our string action threshold is around 0.050" for the treble strings (GBE), and around 0.080 for the bass strings (EAD). Setting the action lower than this is not advisable as it will likely result in fret buzz. Here's a link to more info on how to use that String Action Gauge:

How to fix fret buzz caused by low string action: Loosen the strings a bit to relieve tension, then increase the string action by making adjustments at the string saddles (located on the bridge).

#3 - Neck does not have enough relief

A guitar neck is supposed to be close to perfectly straight, but not quite. Assuming the guitar is strung and tuned to pitch, it should have a slight dip in the middle (around the 8th fret). That dip is measurable and we call it "neck relief". If a neck has a dip in the middle, we can refer to that neck as having "forward bow". If a neck has no dip at all, but rather a hump, then we can refer to that neck as having "back bow". Back bow is always bad. Back bow means there is not enough relief in the neck and it often causes all or most of the open strings to buzz on the first fret.

Neck Relief (image from
Neck Relief (image from

When you experience all or most of the strings buzzing when played open, then it is likely the neck is back bowed (there's not enough relief). The strings are buzzing against the first fret. The fix is simple: increase the amount of relief in the neck by loosening the truss rod.

Halo instruments are equipped with two-way adjustable truss rods. On the majority of our guitars, the truss rod is adjusted at the headstock side with a 4mm hex wrench, which is always supplied with our guitars. There are guitar necks out there that can only be adjusted in one direction, and still other guitar necks that can't be adjusted all. The two-way adjustability is handy because we can increase and decrease neck relief depending on the condition of the neck.

To roughly measure the amount of relief in the neck, we could use the string as a straight edge by pressing and holding down on the first and last fret of the 4th string, and then looking very closely to see if there is a gap between the bottom of the 4th string and the top of the 8th fret wire. This is a very imprecise method, but it can be helpful if you have nothing else better. If there is no gap (the string is touching the fret wire), then the neck is probably back-bowed. If there is a huge gap (say, 0.5mm or more), then the neck is probably forward-bowed. With the guitar strung and tuned to pitch, truss rod adjustments can be made until only a very small gap can be seen and you'll probably be able to eliminate the fret buzz. The gap should be smaller than the thickness of a regular High E string.

There are significantly better and more precise ways to measure relief. Straight edges and relief gauges are available at Stewart MacDonald, but the average guitar player probably doesn't want to purchase those tools for this purpose, and that's why I described the method above. Halo does not use the above method in setting neck relief. We always use straight edges and gauges.

By the way, if you've ever seen somebody pick up a guitar (to inspect it) and look down the neck while squinting and moving their head side to side a bit... they were "sighting" the neck in order to check the amount of relief in it. That is another quick and easy way to determine if the neck has too little, too much, or approximately the right amount of relief. Learning to sight a neck is also helpful in that it enables you to make the necessary truss rod adjustment without any fancy tools.

For neck relief, it would be really nice if we could just set it and forget it. But, the amount of relief in a guitar neck will definitely change over time, and it is due to a variety of reasons such as:

  • changes in temperature
  • changes in humidity
  • changes in elevation
  • changes in tuning
  • changes in string gauge

Well, there you have it. Three common causes for fret buzz: (1) uneven frets (2) excessively low string action, and (3) back bowed neck. Just one of these problems is enough to cause fret buzz, but often times a guitar has a combination of these three problems all at once. Halo instruments are always shipped with level frets and proper string action, so if you're getting any fret buzz on your new Halo guitar, you only need to make a simple truss rod adjustment!

Comments: 60
Samuel A. Quinones II 04/03/2016 13:36
I've got a '08 ESP LTD EC-1000 ASB (Amber Sunburst) which I was using DR DBG 9-50's for over 13 years. for the past year they've become unreliable: breaking at installation, breaking when new at the nut, mid neck or at saddle... not even a handful of uses then pop! they used to be reliable and last long. I just decided to switch over to an old old friend, Ernie Ball Slinky Hybrids 9-46. My '72 Les Paul Custom took to them well not buzz... no need for adjustments. On the other hand, the ESP was ok for a day or so then began buzzing at the low-E (and A) at the nut and slightly on the 1st and 2nd frets... no other frets are affected. I believe it's the nut slotting. I think that I need to change out the nut. unless you have a better idea. I was actually going to change out to Super Slinkys 9-42s. Reasoning? DRs are expensive but lately unreliable. the smaller gauge because I just don't think the thickness anymore. My Les Paul Custom has a frozen truss rod and the fretboard is nearly flat. It was in my Dad's shed for close to 21 years without strings and in disrepair before he gave it to me. since I couldn't adjust the truss rod, I started using heavy low-E strings sets first was GHS Zakk Wylde Signature sets... really thick. I then started using DR DMG 9-50s (Dimebag Darrell Signature series) over 13 years ago, until now. my Custom is showing promise with this smaller set. I'll try the 9-42s later. Anyway, all my other guitars have taken well to this change in gauge except the ESP. If just having to take it in to the shop and see if my Tech can fix it or change out the nut, I'll do so. I'm willing to try DIY jobs. anything will help. Thank you, Samuel Q. II
Jeff Lee 04/04/2016 18:50
Hey Samuel - it sounds like your necks are back bowing a bit due to the lighter gauge strings you're using (and perhaps other factors like temperature, humidity, etc...). If it wasn't buzzing before, but then started to buzz after a string change, then I don't think it's the nut. The necks probably need a little more relief (loosen the truss rod). I encourage you to bring your guitars to a qualified guitar tech!
kenneth 05/04/2016 15:53
hello sir... Pls my guitar is realy sick... when playing on high octaves the sound is normal.. But when i play toward the head (eg) from D-A# ... the sound become tuneledd and annoying... pls help
Jeff Lee 05/06/2016 00:03
I'm not totally sure what you're describing, but it sounds like you might be getting a lot of fret buzz toward the headstock. I would check to make sure you neck is not back bowed. If it is back bowed, then you should loosen the truss rod until the neck is approximately straight, or has just a little forward bow. Then test again... Let me know how that works out for you!
Mcgeachy85 05/08/2016 06:09
I've got an ibanez electric guitar which has recently started buzzing at the 17th fret on the high E! What can be done to fix this? It only happens on that fret on the high E not anywhere else on the fretboard.
Jeff Lee 05/09/2016 17:32
If it's buzzing on the 17th fret, then the 18th fret might be lifting out of the fret slot, which would cause the 18th fret to be too high and cause fret buzz. It's also possible that the string got bent in that general area... if that's the case, then there's nothing wrong with the frets, but you can make the buzz go away by installing a new High E string.
Tyler Vilneff 05/17/2016 18:16
So I bought a new Denver DD44SL-NAT (acoustic) a few weeks ago and for some reason, I can play the A string on the 1st fret just fine, but when I play it on the other side of the fret for the A chord, it simply will not stop buzzing. Not entirely sure what's going on with that.
Jeff Lee 05/17/2016 19:05
Tyler - it sounds like your A string is buzzing when you fret at the 2nd fret. That means your 3rd fret is probably a bit taller and causing fret buzz. The first thing to do is to check if the proper amount of relief is in the neck, and then check if the 3rd fret is installed all the way down into the fretboard. If it's not, and if you're lucky, then a qualified technician or luthier might be able to simply tap that fret down with a fret setter and your problem goes away. Otherwise, you may need to invest in a fret level ($50 ~ $100 depending where you are geographically). Hope this helps! -Jeff Lee
Sebastian Vejerano 05/18/2016 21:17
I've got my acoustic for two years now and this never happened before. My G string starts buzzing whenever I press on the 2nd to 5th frets, plus, my A buzzes on the 5th. I'm starting to think that the problem's being caused by the saddle or my tuss rod. Any suggestions?
Jeff Lee 05/19/2016 13:01
Hi Sebastian - it sounds like the buzzing is isolated to specific strings and specific frets, which seems to indicate there are uneven frets on your guitar and a fret-leveling procedure would solve your problems. You could take it to a qualified guitar technician or luthier in your area to confirm! Thanks -Jeff Lee
Kyle 06/17/2016 10:47
My guitar will make a buzzing sound when I play, but it's only on the first 2 strings and on certain frets. I've been trying to figure out what causes it for a while, can anyone help?
Corbin 06/25/2016 15:12
I just bought an Epiphone les paul today. I started to play it when i went home and all of the strings are starting to buzz. They don't buzz when i play them open, only when im strumming a chord. Any ways to fix this?
Shea Beauchamp 07/05/2016 17:46
Only one of my strings buzzes and it doesnt matter what note I play or anything. Any ideas?
kashmir sumi-og 07/07/2016 03:15
My guitar is buzzing open fret at 4th string..plss help..
Jerry Palmones 07/10/2016 01:33
Just received my purchased Yamaha F310 acoustic guitar online. . . .when I play the 3-strings 1 2 & 3 (E B & G) during open chords it sound buzzing. . . . if I press them in the 1st fret, I can almost hear a dead sound. . . . but if I try to press them in the 2nd fret (or put a capo on the 2nd fret) it sound good & clear. Is this possible that the 2nd fret is taller than the other? Thanks in advance. . .
Archit 07/10/2016 12:03
hii ! i have acoustic guitar pluto39c but suddenly my B string is vibrating too much as untune what should i do plz help me
Jeff, Halo 07/20/2016 17:44
@Kyle - in response to your comment, "My guitar will make a buzzing sound when I play, but it's only on the first 2 strings and on certain frets. I've been trying to figure out what causes it for a while, can anyone help?" --- you probably have some uneven fret heights that are causing the fret buzz. I suggest taking it to a local guitar technician to be sure. Thanks! 
Jeff, Halo 07/20/2016 17:44
@Shea Beauchamp - in response to your comment, "Only one of my strings buzzes and it doesnt matter what note I play or anything. Any ideas?" --- Hmm, this might not be fret buzz, then. The buzz might be caused by that one string's bridge saddle, or that one string's nut slot, and therefore it buzzes no matter where you're playing. I have a kind of wonky method for diagnosing this problem, but it might not work every time. Your mileage may vary... try loosening that string a bit so you can pull the string out of the nut slot, then place a tiny scrap of paper into the nut slot, put the string back in, tune to pitch, and see if the buzz is reduced or eliminated. If yes, then it is likely an issue with your nut slot. If no, then remove that scrap of paper, and then do the same thing, but this time at the bridge saddle side. Hope this helps! If not, you have permission to shake your fist at me.
Jeff, Halo 07/20/2016 17:45
@kashmir sumi-og - in response to your comment, "My guitar is buzzing open fret at 4th string..plss help.." --- It sounds like your 4th string slot is slightly too deep! A qualified guitar technician can fix that within 10 minutes with super glue and the dust of his/her choice. It could also be that your neck just needs to have a bit more relief (i.e. loosen the truss rod a bit).
Jeff, Halo 07/20/2016 17:45
@Jerry Palmones - in response to your comment, "Just received my purchased Yamaha F310 acoustic guitar online. . . .when I play the 3-strings 1 2 & 3 (E B & G) during open chords it sound buzzing. . . . if I press them in the 1st fret, I can almost hear a dead sound. . . . but if I try to press them in the 2nd fret (or put a capo on the 2nd fret) it sound good & clear. Is this possible that the 2nd fret is taller than the other? Thanks in advance. . ." --- If the neck is straight or has a tiny bit of relief, then yes, the 2nd fret is taller than the 1st! But, if the neck is back bowed, then you could probably solve the problems by loosening the truss rod a bit! Hope this helps! 
Jeff, Halo 07/20/2016 17:47
@Archit - in response to your comment, "hii ! i have acoustic guitar pluto39c but suddenly my B string is vibrating too much as untune what should i do plz help me" --- At which fret is the B string vibrating too much?
Jeff, Halo 07/20/2016 17:48
@Corbin - in response to your comment, "I just bought an Epiphone les paul today. I started to play it when i went home and all of the strings are starting to buzz. They don't buzz when i play them open, only when im strumming a chord. Any ways to fix this?" --- it sounds like your strings don't buzz when played open because you have relatively high action at the nut. But, you start getting fret buzz when fretting because your frets are probably uneven and need to be leveled. I suggest taking it to a guitar tech to confirm. Thanks!
Tierra Brown 08/14/2016 15:19
I have an Esteban Acoustic Electric guitar and I've had it for a few months now. Every time I put the capo on the fourth fret it starts buzzing. Please help me understand why this is happening. Please.
Jeff, Halo 08/16/2016 10:34
@Tierra Brown - If it does not buzz when you fret the fourth fret with your fingers, then your capo might not have enough clamping strength. I personally use this one, and it allows for tension adjustments: If it does buzz when you fret with your fingers, then your guitar may need a fret level!
cameron chapman 09/07/2016 11:30

i bought a new acoustic and it buzzes. the buzz comes from the butt/bridge/sound hole area not the frets. it even buzzes when my finger is on the last fret making it impossible for the string to hit the fret and buzz

*** HALO ADMIN REPLY: It's hard to diagnose this one without having the guitar in front of me! I'd suggest taking it to a qualified guitar technician or luthier... sorry I couldn't be of more help! ***

Paul Orbinson 09/17/2016 05:36

I have a buzz on B and E strings when I play a chord and begin to lift the fingers off to make another chord. (i.e.between changes) It is perfectly fine playing open strings. I have a Yamaha 705 S perfectly tuned.

*** HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: Hi Paul, it sounds like you might have some high frets that are only causing buzz when you apply less pressure to the strings. It's best to take your guitar to a qualified tech or luthier, but I'd probably start by increasing neck relief or string action a tiny bit to see if the buzz goes away. Hope this helps! ***

Ulises Arzate 11/05/2016 13:13
I have a Epiphone Pr-150-Vs and on the second fret of all strings buzz when i press down on them,no other frets do that.
Ulises arzate 11/05/2016 13:16

I have a Epiphone Pr-150-Vs and the string buzz on the 2 fret,no other fret but the second,And also all the strings do.I asking for your reconmindation for what to do

[ HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: I recommend taking your guitar to a guitar technician or luthier so he/she can level your frets and eliminate your fret buzz! ]

Achu 12/10/2016 01:02

I have an Ibanez electric around 10months old. When winter began, the first string started buzzing on 2nd fret. Can this be corrected at screws on the saddle? Please help.

[HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: It sounds like you need to loosen the truss rod. I suggest reading the article to understand what's going on, then you can be equipped to solve the issue. Thanks!

Hailey goedert 12/26/2016 17:05

I'm having problems with buzzing of the bass note. It sounds fine when no finger is on it but when I apply pressure it buzzes and vibrates making the note sound scratchy can you help?

HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: It sounds like you may need a "fret level." I suggest taking it to your local guitar repair shop for an assessment. Thanks 

Eric J. Nilsson 02/14/2017 19:47
Jeff- I am trying to figure out if my action might be too high. To avoid string buzz, I need to get all my fingers really close to the fret but not touching. Playing an AM chord involves using a 2 1 3 rather than 123 fingering with my 1st finger jammed in at an angle to get closer to the fret to prevent buzzing. When I press down very firmly behind the 1st and the opposite side of the 20th (last) frets of each string (one at a time) and use a spare finger to gently strum the string softly, I can produce a non-buzzing tone on the thinner strings. I can do the same with the thicker strings at the 19th fret unless I play very softly. I'm guessing my frets are even and I do not have back bow. (I can strum all open strings vigorously with no buzzing at all.) Do I need to tighten the truss rod slightly to give it less bow or is it OK where it is?
Jesse 04/03/2017 11:53
I bought a fender electro acoustic guitar .at first it was playing beautifully for a couple of weeks .one day 1st string started buzzing . I've noticed the string was low and was touching all the freds along the neck. The other strings were fine.
Pete 04/05/2017 07:26

I have a Santa Cruz 000 12 fret that has a buzz when I fret the 1st string, second fret, most often when I'm in drop-D tuning. I've adjusted the relief and that helps to get the string just on the verge of buzzing. But action is higher than I'd like. I also have a nearly identical 00 12 fret that plays great. I've compared the two. String height at the nut is comparable. The relief on the 000 is actually a bit more than the 00. I have put a slightly heavier 1st string on the 000 (0.013 instead of 0.012). The 000 is right at the verge, so I'm hesitant to take the action down. I recently put a capo on the second fret of both guitars and measured the height at the 3rd and 4th frets. The 000 measures .010 and .022, respectively. The 00 measures .007 and .010. So it would seem that the buzz is not on the near frets. Is it possible for the buzz to be at the other end; something going on at the saddle? Thanks for your thoughts.

HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: I'd use this fret rocker to identify which fret is actually higher and causing the buzz. From what you describe, I'd guess your 000's 3rd fret wire is a bit high. If the buzz only occurs at that string and fret, then I'd guess the cause of the buzz is not due to the nut or the saddle. A good technician or luthier should be able to identify the problem within minutes. Hope this helps! -Jeff Lee

Prashant Sharma 04/12/2017 08:19
The fret board of my guitar Is cracked from the behind.. And I have to put more pressure on the strings how to fix it now
Dixie Normous 04/19/2017 14:47
I think my guitar is broken, it buzzes of i play low e past 6th fret please heelp
Kyle 07/30/2017 01:26

Just wanted to say I came here because my e string started buzzing out of nowhere and looking though what others have been asking I found the problem. It's the nut. Off the get it fixed by pro. Just wanted to say thanks

HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: You are welcome, my friend. - Jeff Lee, Halo Custom Guitars

Marc Olsen 09/06/2017 16:39
I have the problem of one fret on the G string *ahem* on the 14th fret that sounds dead. And it doesn't sound nice at all. How can I fix this? Is it just a case of adjusting the block on the but forward or perhaps backwards. It is the only place on the whole neck that does this. Please can someone help me!
Marc Olsen 09/06/2017 16:45

I have a problem where one fret buzzes and sounds dead on the 14th fret, G string. Only place on whole fretboard. Is it just a case of adjusting that screw on the nut to move the block forward maybe, or backwards. Or am I in major trouble? Please help me!

HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: I'd try installing a new string and if that doesn't improve things, then you may need to get your frets leveled by a guitar technician or luthier. Hope this helps!

Ashlie 10/23/2017 15:36

The G string on my bass buzzes, and whenever I use the first fret on this string it goes a whole step not a half step

HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: This is likely due to an extremely high fret, which requires a fret leveling procedure. Hope this helps! - Jeff, Halo

Aditya Rai 12/17/2017 00:15

Hi. The problem with my guitar is that the first string has a buzz when I play it in 1st and 2nd fret. It plays fine open and the other frets. It's just the 1-2 frets. Any suggestions? I live in a pretty cold place where temps drop till 5°C during winters. Also it had been almost a month that I haven't played the guitar. Any suggestion would help a lot. Thanks in advance.

HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: It sounds like the 3rd fret might be too high, or your neck is back bowed. I suggest going through the steps mentioned in the blog post to pin point the issue. Hope this helps! - Jeff Lee, Halo

Nathan Asbury 12/28/2017 21:37

Please help me I’ve tried everything I can. I just got a brand new $2000 tele, and it buzzes everywhere on the first 3 strings. I put a slight bow in the neck like you told me to in the post, my action is as high as it can go, my nut isn’t the problem because the strings don’t buzz when I play open. I’m just at a loss! It can’t be that the Greta are uneven because it’s a brand new guitar that cost me $2000! Is there anything else that can cause this problem?

HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: There are only two other factors I can think of at the moment - (1) an astronomically high fret or (2) a very mangled set of first 3 strings (have you tried changing the strings?) - Jeff Lee, Halo

Sumit 12/29/2017 14:48

Hey! I own a jackson i am having a problem with my B string It look like its not sounding properly its not the freet buzz for sure and may be its the saddle problem It sound like rattling or if u know sitar an Indian instrument it sound like it Dont know how to deal with it Shoud i adjust trust rod or should change the saddle??

HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: Sounds like the string could be buzzing in either the nut slot or the saddle. A guitar technician should be able to resolve the issue very quickly for you. Hope this helps! - Jeff Lee, Halo

Jeff 01/08/2018 14:01

Informative stuff in this forum so I'll add my problem: Recently restrung my Ibanez acoustic and it sounds fine except for anything played on the 6th fret. Right across the board, from Low to High E, I get a buzz that seems to be localized towards the saddle. Prior to the restringing, I don't recall having this issue. While I'll most likely end up taking it to my local guitar shop, any info or suggestions would be appreciated. And for what it's worth, I have an extra saddle piece that was included with the guitar when I purchased it. Thanks for your help...

HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: If you're getting buzz across the board when fretting at the 6th fret, then the 7th fret is probably too high and needs to be leveled. Where did the extra saddle piece come from? Was it from underneath the saddle and came out during the re-string? Because that might have been a saddle shim that increased the break angle of the string over the saddle, which could explain why there is buzzing at the saddle. Hard to say without having the guitar handy, but I hope this helps! - Jeff Lee, Halo

Miguel 01/18/2018 12:49

Hi, I recently bought a Martin GPCRSTG, I noticed it buzzes on the 6 string, 5 string and 2 string, it buzzes when strumming as well when I play a fingerpicking song, really don´t know what to do. The guitar is new, only 1 week I have played it

HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: Hi Miguel - it sounds like your guitar could use a setup and/or fret level. I suggest taking it to a guitar repair shop for assessment. Thanks! - Jeff Lee, Halo

JT Manley 01/21/2018 14:42
so a while back, i bought a brand new Gibson Les Paul. the guitar is absolutely gorgeous and takes center spot amongst my other guitars. i love it. however, it buzzes on the 6th and 5t string (E and A in standard tune). i took it to guitar center and they told me strumming to hard can make it buzz like it does. weird thing is, neither of my other guitars buzz when i strum and they're way older than my Les Paul. any idea on whats causing the buzzing on just one of my guitars and not all of them?
ROHIT 01/29/2018 09:13
i’ve changed my guitar strings my G is showing A what might be the problem
Fabio 02/16/2018 12:09
Hi! i've just adquire a brand new Ibanez Jem. It was fretting on the 3rd fret, both 1st and 6th strings. I took it to the luthier to fret level my guitar, adjust relief and action and change new stings (.9-.42). After i toom the guitar to my house i noticed there is only fret buzz on the 6th string, on the same 3rd fret (not on the 1st string anymore). Do u have any ideas? Or its just because of the new strings?
haleygm 02/22/2018 16:57
I've only been playing for about 2 months and the G string on my ukulele is buzzing and I can't find what's wrong with it. It buzzes anytime I strum it no matter what. The worse spot is when I strum in the middle. Do you know what's wrong with it? *PLS HELP.*
Rylen 03/06/2018 17:33
My guitar buzzes when I play c,f,am,em but it doesn't when I play g??????
Jakub 04/04/2018 16:25

Hi Halo Guitars! My low E buzzes pretty much all along the fretboard on stationary notes but especially when I'm sliding my finger. I checked for relief, and the distance between low E and 10th fret seems to be smaller than in the case of high E (the saddle height is set properly, anything higher would be too high. Is this normal or does that mean that the neck is warped? The string sits deep in the nut, but so do the others and I'm getting little (A) to no buzz on them. Some frets are flat on top, but again, only low E is affected. It's an old guitar of mine that I "resurrected" recently and put new strings on so I don't quite remember if it used to buzz that much but I think it didn't. I'll be taking it to a luthier anyway but I'm curious about this string-fret clearance for low and high E. Thanks in advance for any help!

HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: Using a string to check relief is only an approximation. It's best to ask your luthier to check the relief with a true straight edge on the Low E side of the fretboard against the High E side to see what the difference is. If there is significant and measurable difference, then this usually indicates the neck is twisted, unfortunately.

JRae 04/12/2018 11:40

My guitar is buzzing a lot. All the strings buzz if I strum, even when I’m I’m not making any chords or anything. It is very annoying. Please help!

HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: It sounds like your guitar could be back bowed, please refer to the blog article above for help. Thanks!

Fred Kelly 04/15/2018 22:22

I have a older model of squire strat and every time I fret anything on the third and fourth fret it completely buzzes out the note ive tried having the neck adjusted but nothing happened. (It was my grandfathers and he thinks he damaged the fret when he tried to use a mic stand as a slide) I am thinking about replaceing the neck but I want a second opinion

HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: It probably just needs a fret level, not an entirely new neck! - Jeff Lee, Halo Custom Guitars

Reinhardt 05/05/2018 23:09

Hi Jeff I bought a shecter sgr solo 2 electric guitar a few days ago and only the G string started to buzz I have tried to adjust the truss rod check the action height and try to adjust the bridge but the G string is still buzzing on the first fret when I play the string open any advice on how I could get the string to stop buzzing

Halo Admin Response: Hi Reinhardt - if the G string buzzes when played open, then it could be that the nut slot for that string is cut too deep, or the neck is back bowed and you need to loosen the truss rod to give it more relief. It's also possible that both of these things are happening at the same time! Thanks - Jeff Lee, Halo Custom Guitars

Karla 07/06/2018 01:06
Hey! I wanted to ask.. I have a classical guitar.. and there was nothing wrong until I played the E string on the 7 freth and the open D string together, I hear the D string buzzing and I don’t know why, only when those two notes sound together, help please!!!!
Jac 07/31/2018 13:50
Hi Halo, Could you address the last fret on a fretboard? I've had really good result with fret rocker and fixing issues with high spots, scratches, buzzes, string bend, etc. My question is regarding how can you determine how high or low, the very last fret on the fretboard is with the all around buzz and timbre of the guitar. Is this a common issue on older guitars that may have not had a complete fret level. Can one finely file or sand down the last fret without issues. Or what do your commonly recommend? Thanks very much!
Swenyee 08/05/2018 08:34

The guitar I had bought recently started buzzing when I play any note on the guitar on any fret, even open strings. So is there any way you know how to fix this?

HALO: Sounds like the neck is back bowed. I'd try loosening the truss rod! - Jeff Lee, Halo Custom Guitars

Epifanio Canta 09/17/2018 08:03

I would like to ask. when i put my finger on the low e string at the 7th fret and play open d string, the low e string produces buzzing sound. i try to adjust the truss rod and level up frets but still the buzzing sound could be hear. can anybody could help me please.!!! thanks

HALO: I'm not sure what's going on there... best to take it to a qualified guitar repair shop or luthier!

PJ Johnson 10/01/2018 06:37

do these solutions apply to bass guitar's also?

HALO: Yes, the same principles and solutions apply to bass guitars as well!

Jonathon B Cole 10/12/2018 06:13
Okay, My D-String on my acoustic guitar is buzzing whenever it is played from open to second fret, but as far as I can tell it's not buzzing against a fret. I've sat this thing on a table and looked that the fret as the string vibrates and it does not touch a fret bar. The only thing I haven't tried is the fret leveling because that doesn't seem to be the problem. Any ideas?
Jonathon B Cole 10/12/2018 06:19
Correction, now D, A, and Low E strings are buzzing, but as far as I can tell it's not one of the issues shown in the images you guys posted in the article.
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