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Old 10-22-2013, 10:18 AM   #1
snuffaluffagus
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Out of tune barre chords/B string not staying in tune/loosing patience

Hello folks,

So I have encountered an extremely irritating issue with my guitar, and i'm starting to lose my patience.

The problem is new (possibly about a month)

I have a yamaha acoustic nylon string. Its treated me wonderfully for the past 5 years, until now. The problem now is that the guitar sounds in tune when playing open chords, and is in tune, however if barre chords are played, or if a capo is placed on it, it is not in tune anymore. Mainly the B-string goes out of whack.

I did change the strings a month ago, which was when the problem came about. First i figured its the new strings, but now ive let them stretch out and settle in so it cant be that anymore.

Even when tuning with a tuner(with a capo on) it reads that its in tune, but it sure doesn't sound like it.

Its driving me nuts!! Please, any help and advice would be greatly appreciated! (before i just take it the shop for maintenance)

Thank you in advance!!
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Old 10-22-2013, 12:25 PM   #2
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Is the B string detuning when you're not playing? If so, you might not have tied it properly around the bridge or tuner.
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:08 AM   #3
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Checked out the situation and no, it is not detuning on its own.
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Old 10-24-2013, 12:57 AM   #4
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The problem now is that the guitar sounds in tune when playing open chords, and is in tune, however if barre chords are played, or if a capo is placed on it, it is not in tune anymore. Mainly the B-string goes out of whack.


Any frets/barre chords in particular?
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:59 AM   #5
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After the 2nd fret barre chords it starts to go out of tune. if i pop a capo on the fourth fret it sound horrible.
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:22 AM   #6
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Couple of things.... It's very unusual with modern guitars, but the intonation could be faulty. Get an accurate tuner, and check the open string against the fretted note at the 12th fret. Should be the same.
If not.... The easy solution is that the action is too high and your capo or your fretting is "pulling the string sharp. Essentially, the string is being moved too far and this is pulling it out of tune.

If the action is adjusted properly, and the intonation is bad.... There is a very limited amount of adjustment available by cutting relief into the saddle.
You often see commercial saddles made like this.... "Compensated". The "B" string is often the culprit.
Of course, you only have the width of the saddle to work with.
If that's the case, best to have a technician look at it.. It's a trial-and-error sort of thing.
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