- Alan Green
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It's more likely to be sympathetic resonance. Something else is making a sound and either the sound or its harmonics are at the natural resonance frequency of the guitar body/ neck which starts vibrating in sympathy and making the strings sound
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He makes a pretty good tune some times.
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My guitar does an awesome job of playing Voodoo Child with nobody near it! Just kidding.
+ 1 then, on the sympathetic vibration thing. And BTW seriously, my piano did it, and nothing touched it.
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the guitar wood will dry out eventually. keep the guitar in a case away from the fire source. please.
I have no idea what could be causing this and it's freaking me out, too! As the OP said, it tends to happen when it's quiet, and it frequently happens at night, but not always. I don't know about any temperature changes going on - it's never happened in front of anyone else (darn it!!), and always when I am sitting in here just reading, not even walking around. We have no pets, no open windows, no air vents near the guitar, no drafts, no curtains near it that could be brushing up against it, nothing. Tonight, I happened to be looking at the guitar when it "went off," and I could see the strings moving but couldn't tell what had moved them.
We have a piano and many other guitars, even in this room, and it's just the one guitar that does it. If anyone sees this thread, could you please explain how this phenomenon works again? I don't really get it and I am about two more serenades away from throwing the thing in the attic!
I'm guessing its a tight nut slot that's binding on the string that just pops it loose once in a wile