Playing a specific high note on my highest string also plays a half step higher?

Asked by: Lynette Pollock

Why does my high E string sound weird?

It may be that it slipped out of the nut or that the groove in the nut is cut in too deep (a steel E string may cut itself deeper into the nut when tuning) or that the nut has cracked and the string slipped into the crack. Or the nut is displaced and the string action too low in consequence.

How do you fix a high E string buzz?

If it’s just that high E on the first couple of frets, try slipping a thin piece of paper, or something between the string and the slot, then tune it back up. If the buzzing goes away, here’s another trick. Instead of replacing the nut, get a tiny bit of baking soda and super glue.

Why does my high E string sound tinny?

The “tinny” sound could actually be more tone in the string, try re-stringing it and seeing if that helps. If the “tinny” sound could be de-bunked as buzzing, raise the action a little, and try that. I had that problem.

How do you make a string sound higher?

Applying too much tension to a string tightly can raise it to the pitch of the next note, while loosening it can easily lower it the same amount. Increasing the tension raises the pitch. The length of a string is also important. When a string is supported at two points and plucked, it vibrates and produces sound.

Is some fret buzz OK?

Because of different style preferences, some players are okay with a little fret buzz as long as their action is as low as possible. However, others may find even a little fret buzz distracting and uncomfortable.

What causes nut buzz?

A string that bears too heavily on the middle or the back of the nut slot can buzz in a sitar-like way on the front of the slot. This can be corrected with a couple well-directed strokes of a nut file. Same issue as above, only at the saddle. This occurs most often on taller saddles having acute string-break angles.

Why does my guitar sound different after changing strings?

For other guitarists who prefer a warmer tone, the metallic or tinny sound you get with new strings sounds bad. What is this? If you have just changed your guitar strings and you don’t like the metallic tone, don’t worry. As you play, your strings will break in and they will gradually lose the metallic sound.

Are silk and steel strings easier to play?

Silk and steel strings are a great option for beginners because they are softer on the fingers. You will get less finger soreness playing silk and steel than you would playing 80/20 bronze strings (somewhere in between nylon and 80/20 bronze).

Do guitar strings go from thick to thin?

You normally describe it by the tuning of the notes, DADGAD (“DAD”, “GAD”). The string order goes from thickest to thinnest again D, A, D, G, A, and D. It’s really easy to get there. All you have to do is tune the two E strings down by a tone/two semitones to get to DADGBD.

What gauge strings did Eddie Van Halen use?

This ended up not working very well, so instead Eddie Van Halen changed to a regular set of strings. He used Fender Heavy Strings to begin with, later on changing to Fender 150XL gauge strings.

What gauge strings did Hendrix use?

Jimi Hendrix used Fender Rock ‘N’ Roll Standard 150 light gauge strings.