#1
This is a problem I've experienced with my guitar for quite a while now. The problem, is the G string. For some reason it sounds awful compared to other strings, dunno if sterile is right word.

It's not the strings. I've changed them a few times since and the problem always stays. I got to a point where I just play and forget about it, until I can get a new guitar. I've tried playing with the bridge saddle, but no real improvement.

The guitar is an old Ibanez GAX70. Never really taken care of it, it's pretty dirty but it's my only guitar. The white rings on some tuning pegs are broken(G string, high e string). The maple neck(not fretboard but neck) has started changing colors a while ago. There are some brown parts. I'm suspecting the neck is starting to rot. The nut seems to be coming out a bit(under the low e string). Also, on the bolt-on plate, one of the screws isn't totally straight and isn't screwed all the way. I've tried screwing it but it seems like it can't go further, and I don't wanna force too much and damage something.

Overally, it's not sounding that bad, apart from the G string. So this is the tale of my old rusty GAX70. Any idea if the problem comes from the symptoms I mentionned? I'm really too ashamed to bring this piece of crap to a tech, and I'd like to get the exp myself, if there's anything that can be done.
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#2
Does it sound bad only through an amp or all the time?
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Does it sound bad only through an amp or all the time?


All the time. Even unplugged.
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#4
The problem is that it's the G string. The G string is the bane of all guitarists existence.

Try tuning it with your ear. The "correct" tuning of it isn't always desirable - somtimes making it a little sharp or flat yields more desirable results.

Also, try different brands of strings for different tones.
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The problem is that it's the G string. The G string is the bane of all guitarists existence.

Try tuning it with your ear. The "correct" tuning of it isn't always desirable - somtimes making it a little sharp or flat yields more desirable results.

Also, try different brands of strings for different tones.

Ever so true. I can never get my G to sound right in an open E major if it's tuned correctly and it sounds wonky everywhere. If I tune by ear, it's fine!
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#7
Now that I think about it, you might be right... hearing the sound in my head, it definatly sounds a bit too flat. I'll try that tomorrow, when I can play.
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#8
make sure the guitar is in tune when open, AND at the same time, in tune at the 12th fret.
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#9
It is really weird, I usually tune it with a tuner first, then match the 12th fret with a G on the A string. It's weird that you're nut is coming out though, considering the strings pretty much hold it in place. You could try a little glue but it sounds like something is uneven, possibly because of that screw