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String Buzz

Posted by Mario Rimoldi on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Does anyone know what buzzing on banjo strings is from. I was playing in the kitchen last night and I thought I heard a buzzing sound from my low G string and maybe B also. I have a Morgan Monroe which I got at Christmas time and I yet to change the strings, I don't know if it is from that or not so I thoght I would some Banjo Pros. Thanks. 



1 comment on “String Buzz”

Augie Says:
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 @11:19:02 AM

Hi Mario, Buzzing can be caused by many things. I have a few questions that might help me and others analyze your problem.

1. Was your banjo setup by a professional when you bought it.
2. Do you know what weight strings are on your banjo? I have a Morgan Monroe and I had the strings changed to light from medium weight strings when I bought it.
3. Do the strings buzz when plucked open, not fretted?
4. Do you know if the head is adjusted (tightened) properly?
5. Do the strings show any sign of corrosion? Take a clean tissue and rub it up and down the string. Corrosion should leave some residue.

While I am no luthier I hope that some of this information might be helpful to a qualified specialist. I would also suggest that you look at the forums under "Setup". Possibly posing your question there. Augie

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