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Why Does My High E String Always Sound Out Of Tune?

prawnware's picture

I recently bought a cheap acoustic guitar and a digital tuner as I am a complete beginner. The guitar appears to be tuned but which ever chord I play/strum the E string sounds awful and drowns out the noise of the chord I'm playing.

Is this due to me strumming the guitar badly or is there something wrong with the string?

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Guitar101's picture

Hi there, It could be alot of

Hi there,

It could be alot of things, but I would replace the strings first.

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brian's picture

I agree change your strings

I agree change your strings first then go from there.

prawnware's picture

Thanks for the advice. I've

Thanks for the advice.

I've now tried changing the strings. It did sound one hundred percent better for the first 15 minutes but the 'E' string constantly needed retuning and after a very short time ended up sounding as bad as it had before. It won't seem to stay tuned for more than a couple of minutes but even when it is apparently tuned it sounds awful.

brian's picture

Have you put any graphite or

Have you put any graphite or lube like "Bends Nut Sauce" on the nut slots for string 3,2,1. You can use a pencil it does the same trick! This allows the string to slide through the nut slots easier and helps keep your 3,2,1 string in tune. You won't need to bother with the wound strings.

Hope this helps

brian's picture

Also check the intonation. Do

Also check the intonation. Do this by sounding the 1st string then sound again but press on the 12 fret 1st string and check how close they match with a tuner. Strobe tuners are by far the best by any digital tuner will work. If it's sharp or flat you need to adjust the intonation.

Spidercents's picture

I would tighten any screws

I would tighten any screws around the tuning part of the guitar...they might be loose.

When I put the high E on a guitar I put the string through the hole twice...go through and come back around go through again to help with the string not slipping and going out of tune.

Slacken the high E string and check and see if the Nut is worn or cracked...it may need to be replaced.

Check and see if the bridge is worn or cracked as well.

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Slong's picture

Smash the guitar. If you have

Smash the guitar. If you have a vehicle.Run over it. If not beat the living hell out of it. Yeah that should work.