good to know
A small size guitar can sound out of tune, especially on the first 3 frets.
The reason for that?
Because the neck of a small size guitar is shorter than a normal size. That means that the strings will be shorter to. A shorter string is quicker in pitch than a longer one. So you don't need so much tension on a shorter string than on a normal size string. That is nice, because it is easier to play, but it has a downside:
If you push the string against the fret it will bent a little. Not much, but a little bit. On a normal size guitar you won't notice that if you play on it. But on a small guitar with less tension on the strings the guitar wil sound out of tune!
There are two things to do about it:
- Use heavier gauge strings on the guitar (0,11 or even higher)
- Tune the guitar higher than normal tuning.
Normal tuning is:
E A D G B E
Go a few steps higher:
G C F B D G and if that is not enough you can try:
A D G C E A