Fret Buzz can be caused by the bridge!

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Issue 341 January 09, 2020

Sometimes fret buzz is caused by the bridge, not the frets. When a bridge collapses, the middle strings get lower so they start buzzing on the frets. Dan Erlewine and Blake repair a guitar that had a tailpiece cranked down to the body, and the center of the original Tune-O-Matic bridge was sunken. Learn how to replace a Tune-O-Matic bridge, properly slot the saddles, set the radius at the saddles, then tune and intonate.

In this Trade Secrets video:
  • Most players aren’t aware of this problem, but it’s not uncommon.
  • Check to see if your Tune-O-Matic is still straight.
  • Lowering the tailpiece can add to this problem.
  • Filing the saddle slots might help, but only short-term.

Are you supposed to slot T.O.M. bridge saddles?
Download this PDF to support StewMac Trade Secrets Video #341.

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