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My guitar has this weird reverberating sound after I strum a chord? Is this normal?

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  • I can't notice anything particularly abnormal. It's slightly out of tune maybe? Or do you mean the low notes being a bit muddy when they sound together? Is the same problem with all chords - if you play barre chords higher up the neck, or other kinds of voicings/fingerings? Jan 21, 2020 at 22:04
  • It's the reverberating sound that lingers after a strum. It's the sound a cymbal makes when you drop it on the ground and it rolls around before falling flat. Same across the neck. Doesn't what chord I play. Idk maybe it's normal.
    – alliang
    Jan 21, 2020 at 22:11
  • It sounds normal to me.
    – user50691
    Jan 21, 2020 at 22:21
  • Is your guitar acoustic? It should "reverb".
    – user50691
    Jan 21, 2020 at 22:22
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    I can hear a steady 'whistle' three or four octaves above the root note. Is this what you mean? It can be heard on its own just after the last chord dies out. Sounds like an amplifier resonance. It shouldn't be there. It might be just a teaspoon ratting in a mug near the mic, but if it's always there then something is wrong. . .
    – PeterJ
    Jan 22, 2020 at 11:58

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Yes. Normal.

What you're hearing is the peaks and valleys of the sound waves misaligning. If your guitar is slightly out of tune and you play the same "note" in two locations (like "A" on your open "A string" + "A" at the 5th fret of your "E string") you will hear this wobble more clearly. Some may also describe it as a Leslie effect (rotating speaker cabinet). As you re-tune the strings more accurately, you'll notice the wobbles / reverberations start to align until they effectively disappear.

Unfortunately due to the nature of Equal Temperament and the guitar, some chords will do this more than others, even when you are "in tune." But there's nothing wrong with your instrument. In fact, some find this sound is desirable :)

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