#1
Okay, so there's this problem with the high E string. It sounds all the notes off tune, even when the string is in proper tune. Also, the 11th and 12th fret make the same sound, both being D# in standard tuning..... So my E string is practically tuned half a step down 12th fret onwards. Before the 12th fret, the notes sound fine till I reach the 7th fret. That is when it starts going off tune.

Is it just time for a string change, or something else? Is it my guitar? It did come very cheap. Worth 40$ in my currency (Rs.2000)
#3
intonation?


hmmm other than that it is probably the fact that it might be a guitarshaped object and not a real guitar... save up some $$$ and get something a bit better, if that is not an option take it to a guitar tech, have them look at it atleast.
#4
The intonation is off, sounds like a fret issue with the 11-12 deal. Check the intonation at the bridge if you can, but if the saddles are nonadjustable then forget about it.

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#5
So it is the guitar?

@mike: People have told me that the guitar neck is a bit bent, if that's what you mean.
#6
If the neck is bent, and you haven't always had this problem, adjusting the truss rod might fix your problem. However you'll be spending more on fixing the guitar than it cost brand new. I agree with the 'get a new one' approach.
#7
40$ for a guitar isn't very much. As said above you should probably just get a better one, if you plan on playing more. About the guitar itself, sounds like a combination of neck "bow" (making a hump in the middle of the neck), which can be fixed by loosening the truss rod, and intonation. As for the 11/12 issue, as said above it's the fret, which also might be causing the awful tuning. The strings can't be so corroded that they're doing that, at least I've never seen anything like that so it's definitely the guitar.

Buy a new one man, you'll be so much more happy and eager to play.
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#8
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Okay, so there's this problem with the high E string. It sounds all the notes off tune, even when the string is in proper tune. Also, the 11th and 12th fret make the same sound, both being D# in standard tuning..... So my E string is practically tuned half a step down 12th fret onwards. Before the 12th fret, the notes sound fine till I reach the 7th fret. That is when it starts going off tune.

Is it just time for a string change, or something else? Is it my guitar? It did come very cheap. Worth 40$ in my currency (Rs.2000)

Questions about your guitar.

Has it always had this problem?

Does it have an adjustable neck (truss rod)?

Does it have an adjustable bridge? If so, what kind of bridge is it (vintage style tremelo, floating tremelo, tune-o-matic style, etc.)?

The questions above will help people guide you to a solution. It might be a simple adjustment, but if we don't know what you're working with it's not as easy to help.
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#9
I've only been playing for 9 months. And I didn't seem to have this problem until, let's say 1.5 months ago. It doesn't have a truss rod. And um, It's an acoustic guitar.

I don't think it has an adjustable bridge.

Thanks!
#10
You should try the Acoustic guitar section of the forum if it's an acoustic guitar. You're in the electric guitar forum.
#11
In the future, anyways. I think he already got his answer. If it only cost 40$ and has no truss rod, chances are it was built by an 8 year old chinese boy who was paid in lashings.
#12
Quote by FallenDestiny
I've only been playing for 9 months. And I didn't seem to have this problem until, let's say 1.5 months ago. It doesn't have a truss rod. And um, It's an acoustic guitar.

I don't think it has an adjustable bridge.

Thanks!

Okay, obviously the acoustic forum would be your best bet in the future. That being said, the truss rod for acoustics is most often found through the sound hole at the base of the neck.

You're probably right that it doesn't have an adjustable bridge. It's most likely plastic, embedded into wood -- affixed to the body of the guitar. This is the most common setup for acoustic guitars.

Can you take a look at the bridge and see if it looks damaged at all? I'm wondering if the plastic edge has been cracked, bent, or otherwise messed up.

Obviously upgrading your guitar would resolve the whole thing. But if you don't have the cash for that, it might help to start at the bridge & neck adjustments...
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#13
Anything can be fixed if you want to put a lot of work into it. Or you can get another guitar. I strongly suggest doing both.
#14
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, the 11th and 12th fret make the same sound,

Your guitar is drying out. Where the neck joins the body you are getting something called "fretboard hump." It is because of this hump that the 11th and 12th fret are giving you the same note.

You can buy a guitar humidifier or just throw some wet sponges into a plastic bag with holes in it and put those in the guitar case with your guitar. If you don't have a case you are out of luck in trying to re-hydrate this guitar.

Once again, your guitar wood is all drying up. That causes the guitar to become misshapen. That causes all sorts of problems. It can be fixed just by letting some moisture soak back into the wood. This is done by using a guitar humidifier (cost about $20) and keeping your guitar with this humidifier in its case for about two weeks.
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