#1
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OK, I just got a new electric guitar. I love it, but there's just one problem that keeps pissing me off. When I fret a string kinda hard, or in the case of the low E string fretted at all, the note becomes devilishly sharp. Like if I try to press the low E string all the way down at the 3rd fret, I'll play an A or maybe even a Bb instead of a G.

Does this have anything to do with the action? The action does seem a bit high, but I'm generally OK with high actions so I'm not really bothered by it. I suspect it does, but I'm not sure.

The guitar's a new york pro strat copy (nyp because I'm a cheap bastard )

Help!... please?
#2
when you fret the 3rd fret, does it come down very close on the 5th or 6th fret? if it's lying on top of that fret, you need a fret job.
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#3
Yeah it may have bad frets, or they put them on wrong. Like Dougc84 says, you might need it refretted.
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#4
when i fret the 3rd fret down, the string goes nowhere NEAR the 5th and 6th frets... there's at least 2 mm of space between the string and fret marker

it's not like the guitar just plays the note... it sounds like a string bend
basically, it goes insanely out of tune
#5
the action wouldnt be a problem unless it's like... 2" off the board. i can't possibly think of what it could be. take it to a shop and have them look at it.
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ibanezes: rg350dx frankenstein * rg7620 7-string
fenders: telecaster plus * stratocaster plus

line 6: pod xt live * ax2 212
other: laney vh100r * mesa dual rectifier * monster cables
#6
well not 2" but maybe 1cm...
Well, since my parents force me to pay for everything I'm probably not gonna take it to a shop (I'm completely BROKE right know). But thanks anyways...
#7
It could be the bow of the neck. A guitar neck is not supposed to be completely straight. It should have a very slight bow to it. This allows the higher frets not to hit the string. You could be getting a weird harmonic thing going on. Meaning when your string is vibrating at the widest point (just after picking) it is hitting one of the higher frets and creating a natural harmonic. Try a truss rod adjustment (just a little) and see if that does it.
#8
no, no, no it's not a harmonic or anything... think of a string bend. it sounds exactly like that
#9
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Excuse my title... I didn't really know what to name this

OK, I just got a new electric guitar. I love it, but there's just one problem that keeps pissing me off. When I fret a string kinda hard, or in the case of the low E string fretted at all, the note becomes devilishly sharp. Like if I try to press the low E string all the way down at the 3rd fret, I'll play an A or maybe even a Bb instead of a G.

Does this have anything to do with the action? The action does seem a bit high, but I'm generally OK with high actions so I'm not really bothered by it. I suspect it does, but I'm not sure.

The guitar's a new york pro strat copy (nyp because I'm a cheap bastard )

Help!... please?
Dude, that insane! You're talking 2 or 3 semitones. The most you should be able to pressure bend a note by too much downforce (without lateral movement) would be less than 1/2 semitone. And that's if you grip it like a gorilla. A very angry gorilla.

Are your frets ridiculously tall?

Is your fretboard scalloped?

Are you using extremely light gauge strings AND tuned to B instead of E?

I just see no possible way to do this under normal circumstances.
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#10
scalloped fretboard?... what does that mean?
the frets are pretty low too... and I know I'm tuned to an E
#11
it hit me... is there any chance your guitar's strings are hitting the bridge pickups?
gear?
coming soon... parker fly mojo flame
ibanezes: rg350dx frankenstein * rg7620 7-string
fenders: telecaster plus * stratocaster plus

line 6: pod xt live * ax2 212
other: laney vh100r * mesa dual rectifier * monster cables
#12
Right... well, this problem is now solved. I finally decided to take the guitar over to my friend's house, and he had no idea what was wrong. So we just restringed it, and now it's fine. I think that my strings were just really light gauge, but I'm not sure.

Well, anyways, the problem is solved. Thanks to everyone who posted!