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OK, this may sound really weird but I swear, I heard this last night. I was playing the casino, unplugged, along to a video lesson. It sounded surreal. So crisp, clear, and beautiful.

 

Suddenly, or so it seamed, I started to hear what sounded like a little fuzz, as if it was plugged in and the speaker was breaking up, but it wasn't. She was unplugged.

 

I started looking for something loose that might be rattling or buzzing, but I didn't see anything.

 

Has anyone encountered such a thing from an unplugged archtop?

 

I swear, I was sober and it's not haunted... LOL!

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I just sold a Peerless 335 copy that tended to do the same thing... It sounded fantastic plugged in thru an amp, but while playing as an acoustic the entire lower bout resonated in a way that had a lot of fuzz to the sound. My guitar was a fully hollow body with a sound peg and the distortion occured anywhere on the neck while playing chords. Single note picking didn't seem to produce the same effect. I'll add that my guitar had a trapeze style tail piece. I wondered if the sound peg had moved at some point while the guitar may have been detuned during string replacement. wasn't supporting the bridge properly....

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I get a buzz on mine not sure if it is the same noise but I have traced it to the selector switch vibrating. If I strum and extend my finger over and apply slight pressure /resistance and whamo no more buzz.

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My Eppy Joe Pass will do that from time to time....which is really strange. Either do it all the time or don't. I've added a tune-0-matic style bridge from Stu-Mac...which was a nice improvement over the non-compensated wooden bridge, but I doubt seriously the buzz is from the bridge.

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It's always a good idea to go over everyhing with a screwdriver once in a while whenever you restring it and it never hurts to clean things as well. I keep a small collection of tools dedicated to my guitars. I don't use those pliers or screwdrivers on anything else. I bought a tool called a Jacktight that is specially made to tighten 1/4" guitar jacks while it is still installed in the guitar. it works fantastic and it cost me about $20.00. Toggle switches are a bit harder to secure but the job goes better using a proper wrench than a pair of needle nosed pliers! Normally if you examine it closely, you'll find the culprit for any buzzing or unwanted noise. Just use trial and error and eliminate things as you go. As for any other specialized tools, I'm in love with my Ernie Ball motorized string winder and I always have a good set of dial indicators handy to measure things. You might need an occasional smooth file to dress a fret, but it's all just good quality hand tools.

 

Keesee

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I get this from time to time with my Casino and ES-330 - on the Casino the bridge saddles are usually the culprits (it has a B6 Bigsby and pretty shallow break angle over the bridge), and the 330 can occasionaly uffer from buzzes coming from the pickup covers. Either can be got rid of with a little fiddling. I also have an old Gretsch with buzzes from so many different bits I've had to learn just to live with it! Check tuners, bridge and saddles, pickguard, pickup covers, tailpiece, strap buttons, any of the nuts connecting hardware to the top. If it's none of those then you might need to have a look at what might be going on inside. As somebody else mentioned, selector switches can sometimes develop odd little rattles. If you get stuck yourself I'm sure a tech will be able to track it down.

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