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(@irideflatland)
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It's mostly the 2 lower strings, if I strum hard then they will buzz. I even tested it by pressing really hard on a fret with my thumb and then playing, and it still buzzed. It's a Rogue (acoustic), I think it cost like $60, so is it just a piece of crap? Or can I buy new strings or something to make it stop buzzing?

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(@kent_eh)
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Buzzing is usually due to the strings vibrating and banging into a fret somewhere between the one you are fingering and the bridge.

There are some adjustments that can be made to the guitar, but I'm not familliar enough with accoustics to tell you how to do it yourself (or if it can be done on that model of guitar)

Here's one website that has quite a bit of info on trying to locate the source of your buzzing:
http://www.frets.com/FRETSPages/Luthier/Technique/Setup/BuzzDiagnosis/buzzintro.html

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Has it always buzzed?

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(@irideflatland)
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Has it always buzzed?
Yes. I haven't been playing that much, I got it last summer and probably have played less than 25 hours on it.

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how hard are you playing???? if you're really banging on the strings, they'll buzz no matter how good your guitar is. try strumming with a smooth, fluid motion with equal pressure on all strings. see if it keeps everything quiet.

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(@irideflatland)
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how hard are you playing???? if you're really banging on the strings, they'll buzz no matter how good your guitar is. try strumming with a smooth, fluid motion with equal pressure on all strings. see if it keeps everything quiet.
I'm not playing very hard.

I checked out where the buzzing seems to come from, and the string seems to be hitting the fret next to the one I am fretting. Would new strings help this?

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(@artlutherie)
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Sounds like at the very least you'll need a setup. Was it bought at a store or online?

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(@irideflatland)
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Sounds like at the very least you'll need a setup. Was it bought at a store or online?
What's a setup?

I bought it online, Music123 I think.

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A setup is where they adjust your relief(how much bend is in your neck), your action(how high your strings are off the fretboard) and intonation(how in tune the guitar is with itself) You'll have to find a guitar shop that does such things. However If you did only pay $60 for your guitar I wouldn't get your hopes up short of raising the action sky high it may still buzz. Make sure you show the tech what you've got to see if they can fix it. Next time make sure you play the guitar your going to buy(don't test drive at a shop and then order online) buy the guitar you have played in the shop that way you know what it sounds like as well as the way it feels. Good luck.

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