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Jan 17, 2021 - 5:18:49 AM
62 posts since 1/27/2015

I'm looking for some advice concerning my b string going sharp .
I have a Gold Tone WL250 but I had the same problem with my Gold Tone BG250f.
I am primarily an acoustic guitar player and I'm thinking it's me pressing the string wrong.
I also had this problem with electric guitars.
Both banjos are zero fretted and the tuners are very new.
I am considering a B compensated bridge or a Snuffy Smith.
Or maybe I should use heavier strings?
I am open to any suggestions.

Jan 17, 2021 - 5:38:19 AM
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3518 posts since 7/12/2006

The cheapeast option first. Try a heavier string. Then go from there.

Edited by - stanleytone on 01/17/2021 05:38:50

Jan 17, 2021 - 6:02:59 AM
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22179 posts since 7/6/2005

Is it going sharp when fretted and does it remain that way when played played open? If it goes sharp when you fret, then two things come to mind: either the nut slot is not deep enough and string deflection is causing it, or you are subconsciously compensating by pushing the string sharp. The reality is that the B string never sounds quite "right."

If you are depending on an electronic tuner all the time, your ear will not like it when it is perfectly in tune. I usually end up tuning my B string a few cents flat.

You also need to set the bridge position with a tuner used on the two D strings, open and at the 12th fret to get perfect octaves. Then set the others and tweak the B by ear and comparing the open 1st with the B at the 3rd fret

Edited by - beegee on 01/17/2021 06:04:54

Jan 17, 2021 - 6:39:52 AM

62 posts since 1/27/2015

Thank you
I use a tuner to set the string to B then adjust it to my ear.
I like the idea of tuning to the 3rd fret.
My bridge is set to D on both strings and at the 12th fret.
I thought about a heavier string set too.

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