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(@amusicianslife)
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Lately I have been having a really strange low rattling/buzzing sound that seems to be coming from under the bridge area on my guitar. It only happens on certain frequencies and it depends on how I pluck the string/s. The harder I pick, usually with my fingers, the more of a chance it will happen. A friend of mine suggested it may be a loose brace but I have no idea what that means or how difficult or expensive that would be to fix. Any ideas what else it could be?

Blakley Leonard
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(@s1120)
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What kind of guitar is it?

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(@noteboat)
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Sounds like a loose brace. Could it be something else? Sure...

About 7-8 years ago I was noticing the same thing with my Martin. It didn't happen all the time - just on certain notes. And just sometimes on those notes. It took me over a month to track it down - it was the shirt I was wearing!

I'd bought a new shirt that had a cuff button in just the right spot so it would barely touch the A string when I played third string notes. Made me feel kinda silly when I found the cause, but it was an easy fix (roll up sleeve on that shirt)

Checking for a loose or cracked brace will require an inspection mirror and a light. They can be hard to spot, but it's usually possible to fix them without removing the top - but you might need to invest in a syringe to deliver the glue, and a large clamp to set it through the sound hole.

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(@amusicianslife)
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Ok, that doesn't sound as bad as I was thinking. Thanks for the help. I've had the same problem with the shirt sleeve before. Although I figured that one out in... I'll just say it didn't take me a month haha. Hopefully I won't have to remove the top and I'll be able to verify the true problem.

Blakley Leonard
Music here: http://www.facebook.com/blakleyleonardmusic
http://www.youtube.com/blakleyleonardmusic


   
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