#1
I've been playing guitar for about half a year now and I'm really enjoying it. I'm using a Chevy Stratocaster clone which my daddy bought around 1989. It still looks quite nice after those 25 years but I'm having some problems and I don't know what the cause is or how it could be resolved.
Whenever I play , especially on the G string, the tone sounds a little bit off. You can hear it the most when playing on low frets, for example when playing a E or A major. I went to a guitar shop and asked what the problem could be and they recommended to replace the strings. I got my strings replaced in the same shop and after that, it sounded a little bit better but it still wasn't perfect. What could be the cause of this and how could it be resolved? I've also reintonated the guitar but it hasn't helped much.

Some screens from my amplifier's tuner:
High E (fret 0):

High E (fret 1):

High E (fret 12)


G (fret 0)

G (fret 1)

G (fret 12)
#2
It may be your intonation. What kind of bridge does your guitar has?
#3
Assuming the intonation is correct, minor discrepancies are quite normal., and can depend on how the note is fretted, for example. Some folks go to extraordinary lengths to fix this inherent problem, using compensated nuts and even compensated frets. That only provides a partial fix, and most of us just put up with these discrepancies, and adjust our tuning and playing style to compensate.
#4
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Assuming the intonation is correct, minor discrepancies are quite normal., and can depend on how the note is fretted, for example. Some folks go to extraordinary lengths to fix this inherent problem, using compensated nuts and even compensated frets. That only provides a partial fix, and most of us just put up with these discrepancies, and adjust our tuning and playing style to compensate.

^This pretty much sums it up. The G and B are generally the worst culprits for sharp first and second frets, and it depends on your playing what you do about it. Some will intonate/tune to make these notes correct at the expense of higher frets if they only play cowboy chords. Some will, as mentioned, use compensated nuts and suchlike. The problem, it's worth pointing out, is much less noticeable with a wound 3rd string. Obviously that brings its own issues.

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#5
You could also be fretting too hard. I have a little trouble with a couple of my guitars doing the same thing, and it's not easy to remember to not fret so hard...but I try and it helps. Still not perfect, but better.
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#6
yeah the A string on my G400 was never right, so I made the the open fret a few cents off but the entire fretboard is now in tune. 1 note for the rest being right is worth the trade out.

A regular guitar will never be truly correctly intonated. Multi-scale are your best bet
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#7
Throwing my two cents in here.....

Any chance that the nut is too high or that the strings are sitting too high in the nut (ie the wrong size)? Ive read that this can cause the notes to pitch slightly sharp especially when fretting near the nut and would explain why open notes and fretting farther down the neck are not affected.
#9
Hmm, that nut slot height story sounds good. It looks like some strings have worn a little bit into the nut. I've made a photo of it, would you guys recommend me to replace the nut?
Last edited by Controller1337 at Mar 11, 2015,
#10
Given the age of the guitar it could very well be the frets themselves, I'd take it to a proper luthier and get them to have a real good look at it, point out the specific issues when you give it to them and make sure they know what they're looking at and for.
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#11
It hasn't been played much as far as I know. Could 3/4 years of non-intensive playing wear down those frets that much?