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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-13-2004, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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good tuning, bad note. why?

normally this problem doesn't bother me too terribly, but it's gotten on my nerves for the last time!

i never thought to ask about it before, i figured it was a universal thing. anyways, here's the deal...

usually when i tune my guitar, i plug it in through my mic jack on my soundcard, and use this program (it's cool ). yet, i have some kind of tuning problem with my 2nd string (B). when i play a D major chord, it sounds fine. however, when i play an A major chord, the C# fingered on the 2nd string sounds beaty, as if it were slightly out of tune. i check to see if everything is in tune, and it all is. when i play both chords with the 2nd string muted, they sound fine.

i suspect it's an intonation issue, but then go back and play a D major chord, it's so pretty lol. i don't know what's up with it.

ideas? thanks!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-13-2004, 06:44 PM
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Inherent problems with fretted instruments and equal temperment tuning. The things like the Buzz Feiton and Earvana try and improve on
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-13-2004, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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i ran a search* on Buzz Feiton and Earvana, and got some results, and some more info on the problem.

doubtful i have perfect pitch. maybe just a picky ear?

*i did the search on google, and it sent me to "Archived Topics and Common Questions - GO HERE FIRST" lol

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-17-2004, 07:19 PM
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Your nut might be a tad high then...
(sounds rather personal, doesn't it? =])
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-06-2004, 08:09 PM
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This is a common problem with alot of guitars. Most with jumbo frets can go out just by squeezing too hard on some strings. It is very difficult to get all of our fingers at the exact same pressure on each string to get a perfect note each and every time. Fretted notes can sound out of tune from open strings due to the amount of pressure applied. Try hitting a note fretted on your tuner and press a little to see if the note raises at all. Get a feeling for the amount of pressure needed to keep the note stable. Some times the frets are worn with little grooves under the string. Check the first 4 frets by moving the string over a bit to reveal the wear. If they are bad, see about a fret dress at your local music store.
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