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Guitar string is in tune but it's not

linkinpark232
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So the G string on my guitar is “in tune” but when I play the fifth fret it plays a C instead of a B. Instead of playing 5 G and 0 B to get the same sound I have to use 4 G and 0 B. Plus it sounds like total shit open, what is the deal? Every other string sounds perfectly fine
LoudLon [moderator]
Posts: 1489
That's the way it's supposed to be. All strings tune to the 5th fret of the string above it, except for the B, which is tuned to the G string, 4th fret. So when you play the G string on the 4th fret, it should sound the same as the open B.
Marko1960
Posts: 2174
Couldnt put it better myself Lon, how longs he been playing!
Okay, well then why does it sound out of tune open and with chords?
LoudLon [moderator]
Posts: 1489
Could be your finger placement. Are you barring the bottom three strings on the same fret?

The guitar is imperfect; the nature of the G-string prevents you from barring it on the same fret as the strings below it without it sounding flat. Like if you were to bar the B and high E on the third fret, you'd need to hold the G on the 4th fret to make it sound in tune. If you bar it on the 3rd fret with the other two strings, it's going to sound flat.

So say you want to play a G bar chord. You'd have to hold it like this:

Tabs:
E|----3---------------------------------|
B|----3---------------------------------|
G|----4---------------------------------|
D|----5---------------------------------|
A|----5---------------------------------|
E|----3---------------------------------|

Your index finger lays across all six strings; ring finger holds the A on the 5th fret; pinkie holds the D on the 5th fret; middle finger is curled up and holding the G on the 4th fret.

I've known some guitarist who will tune the G up another fret so they can then bar it along with the B and high E, but all that does is make you have to adjust your placement when playing scales which include that string. So you're kind of damned if you do, damned if you don't.
Maybe that's the reason why many guitar players tune DADGAD (from low to high)?
No it's not my finger placement. Even if I do a regular G it sounds horrible. Also when I play a simple power chord, say 4 on D and 6 on G it sounds terrible. This hasn't started until a few days ago, could it be the age of the strings? I've had em since New Year's and I usually replace them by now
Marko1960
Posts: 2174
Fret the G at the 4th fret and tune the open B to this, Bosh. It IS a guitar isnt it, not a Trombone or anything like that?
Marko1960
Posts: 2174
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So the G string on my guitar is “in tune” but when I play the fifth fret it plays a C instead of a B. Instead of playing 5 G and 0 B to get the same sound I have to use 4 G and 0 B. Plus it sounds like total shit open, what is the deal? Every other string sounds perfectly fine
everybody has to play 4G to get open B. Dont forget, between E and F and B and C there are no sharps or flats
Marko, read what I'm saying: this just started happening a few days ago so it has nothing to do with that anymore
Marko1960
Posts: 2174
I am reading what you are saying, your G string is in tune but when you play the G at the 5th fret you get C instead of B, the reason, the fifth fret of the G string is C, that's why you get C at that position, cos it's C, if you want B you will have to go to the 4th fret!!!!! Have you read what you're writing?

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