#1
Hello

a while ago I began noticing my open chords sounding rather off-pitch. I kept tuning the strings, yet no matter how often I tuned, my guitar went off tune within... seconds!

For example, when I play a D major chord, the chord just seems weirdly out of tune, even though individually the strings are in tune.

Recently, I changed the strings, but I still have the same problem.

My hypothesis is that the heat is causing these problems. During the day, I usually just leave my guitar hanging out on the floor or against a wall - I am not around but I can imagine my apartment gets very hot.

Any advice? Thanks
#2
get a set up

to say more, you probably need truss rod adjusment and intonation problems fixed. a set up should help out, but i'm not sure of pricing for work on an acoustic/classical.
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#4
probably store it in the case, although that shouldn't matter too much in the summer unless it gets real hot.

a set up would be pretty expensive; i asked my store how much it would cost to set my guitar up, they said it would be about 80 bucks.
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#5
It might help to know the brand and model of the guitar, and which set of strings you recently put on it, mfr and gauge.
#6
I don't realize how could the chords sound out of tune if the strings sound right on tune when they're sounding in the right tune individually.

Maybe you need to get a set up, like buddyhimself said. And, of course, it would be very helpful to know which guitar do you have and the strings that you're using.
#7
Are you pressing too hard?
Is your guitar lying in direct sunlight?
Have you had a chance to stretch the strings/play it into tune?
What guitar and brand?
What strings?
What gauge of strings?
Are you fretting in the right position?
Are you using a guitar tuner to tune? or just by ear?
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#9
Hello, thanks for the responses.
Here's the info:

The guitar is an old, beat-up guitar I received from a friend. She told me she got it from "some garage sale for like 20 bucks". Anyways, I can't find the specific model but here are some pics:

Guitar body: http://i382.photobucket.com/albums/oo262/ybot1122/IMG_4578.jpg

Sticker on the Guitar (says "Heater"): http://i382.photobucket.com/albums/oo262/ybot1122/IMG_4584.jpg

My new strings are Elixir Polyweb Acoustic Guitar Strings (extra light: .010 - .047). The box also says 80/20 bronze (whatever that means).

I tuned my guitar both by ear and tuner, so I doubt that it's simply "out of tune".


Quote by Dawan
I don't realize how could the chords sound out of tune if the strings sound right on tune when they're sounding in the right tune individually.


Honestly, I don't understand it either - but it's the best way I can describe it. It's just the way the chord sounds as a whole. The notes seem to clash. Should I try relative tuning? Thanks.


Anyways, could some one explain to me what a "set-up" is? As you can tell, I am a beginner. Thanks again for the help!
Last edited by ybot1122 at Jul 8, 2009,
#10
Sounds like your intonation is off.
Was it always like this or did it just happen?
If it was always like this there is a chance the saddle could be in backwards. Some saddles have notches cut out so the strings make contact in different places (not quite in a straight line), this should set up the intonation on the bridge.
Hope that helps. If that's not the problem then I have no idea.
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#11
I didn't used to have this problem. Gradually, I started noticing it harder to keep a good pitch. And now I'm certain their is a problem. I will try restringing it tonight, and checking the saddle.

EDIT:
same problem. Here's a better way to describe my situation:

I read somewhere that described this noise as a "sick" noise, as if my guitar was "sick".

http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-83795.html (sounds similar to my problem).
Last edited by ybot1122 at Jul 8, 2009,