#1
Okay,so my Aunt gave me a Classical guitar and its quite old. It's a Sigma Martin and the model was discontinued in 96 but has been kept in GREAT condition. Well,I recently (today) changed the strings since the ones that were on it were getting old and everything sounds fine EXCEPT the D string. When you play a Note on it it gives this "Twang" and sound that almost sounds its going in and out of pitch. If I play a chord,it sounds fine. But if I do individual hits Classical style,it sounds COMPLETELY out of tune. I.E. Stairway To Heaven. I strum all the opening chords that are supposed to be plucked and they all sound fine,competely in tune. But if I play it as its supposed to be,starting with hitting the D and E at the same time,it sounds horrible. Maybe the strings just need to be broke in and it will stop?? This is my first time changing Classical strings and need to know whats goin on! If someone could help me that would be awesome!
Last edited by symphonyofshred at Apr 23, 2008,
#2
check the string height
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#3
What should it be? And if it's off,how would I adjust it? Just the same as you would with Electric?
#4
Normal strings can sound very twangy when changed if they haven't been stretched. Give them a good stretching and retune, then repeat until the tuning doesn't go out, then see how it sounds.
#5
I have. I know your not supposed to stretch Classical strings,but I pull at em to stretch a little as it said to do. EVERY string sounds fine except the D.
#6
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What should it be? And if it's off,how would I adjust it? Just the same as you would with Electric?

Saddle and nut. You would either have to raise or lower the saddle and nut (raise with shims, lower by sanding).
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#7
That has to be it because all the strings sound fine EXCEPT the D. When I play it , it sounds like it waves in and out of pitch really badly. I don't know,maybe its because the guitar is so old?
#8
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That has to be it because all the strings sound fine EXCEPT the D. When I play it , it sounds like it waves in and out of pitch really badly. I don't know,maybe its because the guitar is so old?


If the model was discontinued in 96 that makes it atleast 12 years old. Thats not really that old, mate.

I'd suggest taking it to a luthier if the problem persists. Better a professional check it out than you start messing around with it now..
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#9
I've took the strings off,put em back on,and their all still fine except the horrid D string. I guess i'm just gonna have to go get it looked at. I don't have the damn money though.