I hear a strange fret buzz on my classical guitar, but only at a very specific situation. If I do both of the following, I hear the buzz:
- Hold 5th string at 8th fret (note F), but not play it
- Pluck the 3rd string on 9th fret (note E)
In this situation, the 5th string buzzes. The buzz is not very annoying, but is consistent (happens all the time). I did the following experiments with it:
- Tried another guitar - the buzz doesn't happen
- Played the E on the first string - the buzz becomes very weak, almost disappears
- Played other notes on the third string - the buzz doesn't happen
- Held other positions on the 5th string - the buzz doesn't happen
- Tried various orientations of the guitar - the buzz disappears in a few situations (e.g. the guitar is flat on a soft surface)
- Tuned the 3rd string up/down a little - the buzz disappears
- Tuned the 5th string up/down a little - the buzz disappears
So I have the following questions about it:
- Does the 5th string graze the 9th fret, or can it be any other fret?
- How can one explain this physically? Can I say anything more specific than "there is a spooky resonance somewhere"?
- Is there a good chance I can get rid of this by filing down the problematic fret?