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Strat buzz/rattle

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by LoganKade, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. LoganKade

    LoganKade Member

    Sep 8, 2011
    my strat tends to make a buzzy string sound, and it's fairly old (1977) and never been refretted. Would these two things possibly have a correlation with each other?
    also, while on the topic of frets, are older frets more difficult to play? I popped into guitar center the other day and noticed that of the strats I played, they were a lot more smooth and loose as far as bends and just movability around the neck.

    thanks for the imput!
  2. partsocaster

    partsocaster Member

    Jan 3, 2009
    Western Massachusetts - Springfield Area
    you should be able to see wear marks in your frets, especially the G, B and high E strings on the first few frets, deeper the wear, the more likely to buzz out

    newer strats potentially could have a different neck radius than what you are playing now, going from a 9.5 to 12 inch radius would be very noticable
  3. cob666

    cob666 Member

    Sep 6, 2008
    Cape Breton, NS
    I also notice that if frets have visible wear on them the guitar is usually a bit tougher to play, especially string bends. I had an old Les Paul when I was much younger and the frets were so worn that it was actually tough to fret a couple of strings in certain locations and caused buzzing due to the string being lower to the fretboard in those locations.

    Nicely crowned and polished frets do play very smoothly.

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