#1
My grampa passed on a guitar to me before he died, and i finally got around to playing it, But the strings seem really high tensioned, I cant really seem to bend the strings In Standard tuning, but in 2steps down it seems fine, Before it had classical strings on it but clearly its a steel, So i put light gage Creamies .012 - .053, its wonderful it sounds beautiful, But it doesnt seem to want to cooperate very well in standard tuning. i also noticed that when I put it in Standard the neck bends up a Tad bit, ( When it had classical/nylon strings on it there wasnt enough tension and it would have alot of fret buzz ) But yeah... it seems perfect in 2steps down. Anyone have any ideas, clues on why the guitar may not work well in Standard.

......................Guitar Info.......................
.........Acoustic........................................
.........Light..Gage..Strings......................
.........40years..of..age...........................
.........Brand..Name..is..:Amos..O.'Kane..
.........Single..machine..heads................
.........Bronze..frets?..............................
.........20..frets......................................
.........playable..frets..17.(until the body interferes )
#4
A picture would help. It sounds like it might well need to be set up properly as vjferrara says.
Have the truss-rod checked, the action checked, etc. If the guitar was stored badly it might be very dry.
Here are the only references I could find to this brand:

http://kamloops.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-musical-instruments-guitars-Black-Acoustic-Guitar-W0QQAdIdZ269306591

And somewhere on this page....

http://winnipeg.kijiji.ca/f-buy-and-sell-musical-instruments-guitars-W0QQCatIdZ613QQerrorIdZ1

These are both from "up North", Canada and British Columbia..... So they may be a local item.
#5
Quote by Bikewer
A picture would help. It sounds like it might well need to be set up properly as vjferrara says.
Have the truss-rod checked, the action checked, etc. If the guitar was stored badly it might be very dry.
Here are the only references I could find to this brand:

http://kamloops.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-musical-instruments-guitars-Black-Acoustic-Guitar-W0QQAdIdZ269306591

And somewhere on this page....

http://winnipeg.kijiji.ca/f-buy-and-sell-musical-instruments-guitars-W0QQCatIdZ613QQerrorIdZ1

These are both from "up North", Canada and British Columbia..... So they may be a local item.



#6
It might sound crazy, but the guitar may not have a truss rod, causing it to bend under the tension of steel strings.

I recently brought a guitar to my local guitar guy. I had picked it up at a garage sale (it too was pretty old) and was going to restore it. After he looked it over, he told me it was a waste of money to fix, because of the lack of truss rod. If that's the case, there might be nothing you can do. A neck with no rod will not hold its own, especially under the pressure of steel strings.
#7
some real pics of the guitar would help ,,like being able to see the neck bend, also the deck 'flatness'. Things that might make it buzz. it is easy enough to see if it has a truss rod just look inside the soundhole , it should be easy to see the end of it hanging out of the neckblock.

Hey if it had nylon on it when you got it (had the nut been filed to suit the nylon) as that will give you buzz with steel back on it.


Oh BTW if it is hard to do bends, thats you not the guitar.
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Last edited by Dix_Fix at Apr 25, 2011,