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Flat sounding strings

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jerry Jordan Feb 8. 11 Replies

 Hi all I have just finished building my 1st guitar out of 6.5 mm plywood and a hard wood neck.Ive strung it and tuned it to DGD when strumming the strings open,BUT as soon as I put my fingers on the…Continue

 

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Jerry Jordan replied to Murray Thompson's discussion Flat sounding strings
"Hello, I looked at your picture and I am wondering do you mean flat sounding acoustically or amplified? Looking at the pic I would say make sure your strings have enough tension for their respective gauges, so they ring well, and you may need to…"
Feb 8
Taffy Evans replied to Murray Thompson's discussion Flat sounding strings
"Hi, I feel your problem may stem from a number of the already mentioned issues. Any one on their own and you may get away with it.  Put them all together and you get what you are getting, for example considerations are: Bridge…"
Feb 4
Erasmo Coco replied to Murray Thompson's discussion Flat sounding strings
"  Looks like your bridge is to far back on the box , and the your fret markers are not flush with your finger board. Can not tell what the scale length is or what string weights you used. Just my opinion."
Feb 3
Rose Ericson replied to Murray Thompson's discussion Flat sounding strings
"Hey I just pulled out my fretless and tried to play it with my fingers only (which is an amazing idea if only it worked) all I got was mud. So try to find something to use as a slide ( Shane Speal uses a 3/4 inch socket) see if it rings with the…"
Feb 3
Don Stachovak replied to Murray Thompson's discussion Flat sounding strings
"Hi! Usually a fretless is played with a slide only. If I fret a note on a fretless CBG it won't ring out like a fretted one, it will sound like "mwahhh". (My approxamation). Kind of dull and muddy. Hope this helps!"
Feb 3
Murray Thompson replied to Murray Thompson's discussion Flat sounding strings
"Hi Timothy yes the sound board is 6.5mm thick. yep 2 sound holes in the top end 1 either side of the neck the box is 30x20x8 cm the sound holes are 2cm dia each. Thanks Timothy"
Feb 3
Timothy Hunter replied to Murray Thompson's discussion Flat sounding strings
"is the sound board 6.5 mm ?  could be its too thick? do you have any sound holes that might help too."
Feb 3
Murray Thompson replied to Murray Thompson's discussion Flat sounding strings
"Hi Titch Thanks for the advise I've checked the measurements and adjusted the bridge but still sounds flat ?"
Feb 2
Murray Thompson replied to Murray Thompson's discussion Flat sounding strings
"Hi Rose It is fret less guitar  , all the strings sound flat with little sound the notes are very flat sounds like when you push hard on a ukulele and strangle the strings if you know what I mean. Thanks Murray  "
Feb 2
Titch the Clown replied to Murray Thompson's discussion Flat sounding strings
"May be an intonation problem. Check nut is correctly placed. Check distance of bridge to 12 fret is a smidge longer than the distance from the nut to the 12th fret."
Feb 2
Rose Ericson replied to Murray Thompson's discussion Flat sounding strings
"Could you clarify for us a little. When you touch the strings are the notes your hitting flat as well n the pitch OR is it the sound of the strings. Is your guitar fretted to fretless? "
Feb 2
Murray Thompson posted a discussion

Flat sounding strings

 Hi all I have just finished building my 1st guitar out of 6.5 mm plywood and a hard wood neck.Ive strung it and tuned it to DGD when strumming the strings open,BUT as soon as I put my fingers on the strings it sounds very flat, not sure what the problem is just hope someone my be able to help.cheersMurray See More
Feb 2
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"I've started my 2nd project a resonating cigar box guitar. Using parts from a cheap kit I got at a market had a cardboard box."
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