FemmeDeLaNuit
Registered User
Join date: Nov 2013
21 IQ
#1
Hi there!

First off, please forgive my ignorance - I am very new to playing, and to be honest this guitar was bought for me as a "stress relieving" instrument so I am by no means a seasoned player. I can basically play the intros to my 2 favourite songs, and that's it (and is maybe part of the problem). So please bear with me if I don't refer to things properly.

I have a beginners Tanglewood, and I have noticed that one note is not sounding like it used to. Whenever I try to play the high E on the 10th fret, it sounds...tinny, is how I would describe it. As in, it is not clear, it sound very flat, you can hear vibration. It didn't used to sound like this, it used to sound perfectly fine, but now it doesn't. All the other notes sound fine (edit for clarity: as in, the same string on every other fret sounds fine) and the guitar is tuned. I'm not sure what the problem could be? It is just that *one* note. I can't see anything wrong with the fret (e.g. tiny chips out of it) the only thing I see is that the wire string is a bit black from where I use it. But other parts of other strings are like that and they still sound fine.

As I said, there are only 2 things I play and that particular note gets a fair bit of use...so it is a bit of a bummer.

I also did a dodgy bit of recording, but I am not internet savvy enough to know how to get the audio onto a hosting site to link to here...

Anyone have any thoughts/advice?? I have tried googling but I don't even know the best search terms to use. Hoping someone here can help!
Last edited by FemmeDeLaNuit at Nov 3, 2013,
stepchildusmc
Registered User
Join date: Jul 2011
413 IQ
#2
lots of things are possible. it could be that your guitar has a humidity issue and it's getting too dry. you may have a fret that coming loose and it's raising up a bit. there are so many possibilities. if there's a decent music shop i your area, i would recommend a little trip so that someone can take a look at it for you.
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stormin1155
Tab Contributor
Join date: Apr 2008
224 IQ
#3
If you notice the tinny sound on only some frets it is probably due to a loose, raised, or low fret. If the string sounds tinny no mater where you fret the string it is often that the saddle isn't seated right.

Your problem sounds more like a fret issue. To test it, take a credit card and span three frets in the area you are having problems and see if it will rock back and forth... move up and down the fretboard until you find the problem. Here is a website the shows the process. He is using a triangular tool made specifically for that purpose, but a credit card works as well. http://webzoom.freewebs.com/wa6dij/Wollensak%20Tape%20Recorder.jpg

If it is a new guitar that you purchased from a store, take it back to the store and have them take a look at it.
Last edited by stormin1155 at Nov 7, 2013,
matthfinn
Registered User
Join date: Oct 2013
21 IQ
#4
If you get that tinny sound, than most likely one of your frets are either too high or too low. This is easy to repair and all you have to do is take it to a music store that will repair it. Also, the string may be a part of it. Cleaning your strings with a rag or string cleaner after every time you play may help you. But I believe that it is most likely a problem with the fret board.