#1
Hi all,

Just wanted some advice on my problem. I purchased a new acoustic and realized that when barring while making an F the B and E strings are muted. This only happens on the first fret. I suspect its the guitar, because I've been playing for a while and never had this problem. I figured it might be the strings, so I lowered to a pair of Lights, but that didn't help the problem. I went into the guitar shop and tried other guitars... no problems there. This happens no matter how hard or how high/low I place my index finger. Any suggestions?
#2
get another guitar, and if you have the same problem... get another one.

keep upi this routine untill you find one that works
#3
its probably your hand strength. the first fret is always hard to bar. i have had this problem too. just keep practicing and youll get it .
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Last edited by salrap10 at Jan 10, 2010,
#5
If you can fret the B an E strings individually at the same places you would while doing an F barre chord, it's not the guitar's problem. It's your fretting.
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#7
No.

Can you do what I previously stated? As in, can you individually fret each string at the same spot as if you played F?
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#8
I had the same problem with a guitar I bought, but could barre perfect anywhere else on the guitar. I also could fret an F fine.
I bought a new guitar and ... never had a problem again.
They kept telling it was me also ... that I wasn't doing it right.
Also told me I wasn't applying enough pressure.... when still I could do it on any other guitar.

Myself personally would go with lighter string to see if that helps. If that doesn't work have a guitar tech look at it. What brand is the guitar?
#9
It's a Takamine G Series 333, I just put on some Light strings from medium, did not work

captivate, I can individually fret each string
#10
Quote by topherjfox
It's a Takamine G Series 333, I just put on some Light strings from medium, did not work

captivate, I can individually fret each string

Maybe its a different neck width, therefore you lost for a few millimeters your pressure for each string.
#11
if you can do this on other guitars, it's very possible that this guitar needs a setup. it could also be that it has a longer scale than others you've tried, which would mean higher string tension. one last thought - not all strings in the same scale are as easy to play. i find martin unwound strings stiffer than d'addarios. or it could be that the narrower neck of the takamine is too tight for you - it's too tight for me to play comfortably.

btw, action is not lowered via the truss rod. it's lowered by having the nut and/or saddle lowered from very fine sanding or filing. this is not a job to do yourself unless you have patience and follow directions extremely well.
#13
Quote by captivate
No.

Can you do what I previously stated? As in, can you individually fret each string at the same spot as if you played F?


Do this before doing anything drastic like getting a new guitar. Try to just play the frets individually, if they aren't muted, then yes it is your fretting.