Scott's Guitar Blog: July 27, 2006

What’s that rattle?

Sorry I’ve been away folks, but it’s SOOO busy, and I wear all the hats here! This post I figured I’d talk about something that has come up several times already this year. A bunch of clients came here
with guitars that had an odd buzz/rattle that they couldn’t trace down. Even more odd, each customer would only hear the buzz with certain notes or frequencies. It wasn’t frets, loose braces or anything else. Each time it turned out to be a loose pickup pre-amp barrel on the inside of the the guitar!
Many companies including Fishman and L.R. Baggs use a barrel style endpin pre-amp with a threaded cover. The cover can come loose in varying degrees over time, and cause anything from a faint buzz, to an all out swarm of rattle. It’s a quick easy fix. Something to remeber if it happens to you!
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All the best, Scott