#1
The high e string on my acoustic is in tune and sounds fine when you pick it out for something like heavens door, but whenever I strum a chord with the high e string open, although it sounds in tune, it is really tinny and makes the whole chord sound crap. Not out of tune just bad. Is there any way I can fix this, I didn't buy the guitar (no I didn't steal it either hehe) and at the mo I can't afford/find a reliable tech guy in a music shop to do it for me so is there any way I can stop this prob? It's happened with multiple strings, the b string sometimes sounds too tinny but I can live with that, the e-string is just way too tinny when played open for a chord.

So yeah any advice would be great, thanks guys and gals.
#2
I had a guitar that did that once.. I just muted the string whenever I played a chord.. I'd be interested in hearing what anyone else has to say about it haha.
#3
If it's buzzing and then the sound is becoming "tiny", you might want to try raising your action. If that doesn't work, you may have to have your frets leveled... and that would require tools that you probably don't have, but a tech should.
#4
maybe youve got lyk a really thin e string lyk 9's.

and thatd contrast with the thicker acoustic guitar strings.
#5
Quote by Hell_Metalist
If it's buzzing and then the sound is becoming "tiny", you might want to try raising your action. If that doesn't work, you may have to have your frets leveled... and that would require tools that you probably don't have, but a tech should.



+1. check the frets, they may need to be levelled.
#6
Sounds like the action is too low and the first bit of buzz is messing up the sound. I'd advise popping it in to a specialist to maybe give the neck a tweak, or fit a new nut. That's something best done by an expert on the spot who can tell where the problem lies.
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#7
Thanks for the replies guys. Right now I can't afford to have anything done to it, and there's nobody in my area I would trust with my acoustic. It's nothing great but it means a helluva lot to me and I don't want it getting messed up. There isn't much buzz and some of the frets do sound dead. I do mute the high e normally but I'd like to have that e in the chord just not as tinny. How would I adjust the action, could someone run me thru it step by step please? If that doesn't work I'll leave it till I can find a decent techy. Thanks again
#8
Well... a trick I used to use years ago on my cheaper guitars was to moisten a very small bit of paper and then get it under the string at the nut to raise the action ever so slightly.
That costs nothing and you don't even have to change the strings, however.... in repairs .. you get what you pay for too. It will only be effective a short while.

Also, this can be caused sometimes because it hasn't been properly humidified.... although less so if it's a cheap guitar in the first place, but on the Taylor guitar website is and amazing video how over a week a guitar is brought back from death by slowly re-humidifying the body.

From another angle, even on my most expensive guitars, sometimes I can't get things to sound just right to me. I'm never 100% sure if it's the guitar or in my head when I hear these very slight tuning variations and yet an electronic tuner tells me the pitch is perfect .... but ....I find if I loosen off the offending strings several turns on the machines, and then slowly bring them back up to tune, it generally gets rid of very slight tuning anomolies... prolly just by changing up the sting in the nut a bit....
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#9
The other 5 lower strings could be a different gauge, thus making the high E sound "tinny". The "tinny" sound could actually be more tone in the string, try re-stringing it and seeing if that helps. If the "tinny" sound could be de-bunked as buzzing, raise the action a little, and try that.