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Openly Buzzing Strings

Q: My guitar is buzzing, but only on the open strings. How can I fix this?

A: Open strings buzz because the nut slots are cut too deep. There are two solutions, both of which are best handled by a qualified technician:

  • Replace the nut with a new one that has its slots cut to the appropriate depth.
  • Shim the existing nut to raise it, and the string height, up very slightly.

In either case, the guitar should then have a complete setup to ensure that it is playing as well as possible and that the action, intonation, etc., is optimized for your playing style.

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