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May 18, 2022 - 9:13:56 AM



265 posts since 5/28/2012

Hey guys,

So my fifth string buzzes. I think it's because it touches the fifth fret. Does it need to hoover above it and if so, can I raise it somehow? Or do I need a new pip? Thanks in advance

May 18, 2022 - 9:28:23 AM

1664 posts since 10/12/2011

The string needs to either sit above it or on the fret. If it hoovers above it, you'll get the buzz you mentioned. Quick fix is a small sliver of paper in the groove. You can either cut the slot deeper so the string rests firmly on the fret, or build up the pip groove to keep the string above the fret. Often when this happens to me the strings are shot and when I restring the string no longer buzzes. This is why I usually will just use paper until I do a string change.


May 18, 2022 - 9:30:42 AM

4397 posts since 10/13/2005

Does the fifth string buzz if you fret it above the pip? Could narrow the pip slot with a pice of paper as a test to see if that stops the buzz. Is this on your wonderful sounding tupelo? There are other reasons for a buzz but this is a place to start. banjered

May 18, 2022 - 9:57:29 AM



265 posts since 5/28/2012

Thanks guys, I'll start with the paper solution. It's not the Tupelo, it's on a homemade semi-fretless, so not the end of the world haha

May 18, 2022 - 4:22:16 PM
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14593 posts since 6/29/2005

A pip or nut slot can cause buzzing if the slot is totally flat so the string sits on a flat surface.  The slots have to be angled back so the string bears on the front edge.

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