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I always find that the B string volume is louder then the other 5 strings or should I say more poignant.

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Please specify if it does it only with an open B, or on any chord/tune where you play notes on that B string. –  Tim Jul 22 '13 at 6:28

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A lot of times, especially with acoustics, certain strings or notes can seem (or actually be) louder due to the natural resonance frequencies of the guitar itself. Your guitar may just resonate naturally at B. To test out this theory a bit, you could try tuning your B string up or down a step and seeing if it still seems relatively loud. If it doesn't, then you know you've found the issue. As far as I know there's really not much you could do (or in my opinion that you'd want to do) to fix that, short of altering the interior of the guitar so that it has less depth. A lot of open tunings can cause this type of sensation as well. Honestly though, unless it is extremely noticeable and causing problems, I'd simply try to adjust your playing slightly -- every guitar's going to have its own character and sometimes it's better to work with these "flaws" rather than try to fight them.

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Thank you your answer makes perfect sense. –  user6701 Jul 22 '13 at 5:07

Next time the strings get changed, leave the B on, changing all the others.It will be duller, as it's older,so won't be so poignant.

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I will try this when I change strings, Thank you. –  user6701 Jul 22 '13 at 5:08

I think this can also be caused by anchoring the wrist too rigidly to the bridge, so that the high e-string is just a little out of reach to get the proper force from the pick.

When strumming, you'll get much more effective leverage (== less strain on the muscles) by keeping the wrist fairly straight and pivoting from the elbow, holding the pick like the arm on a turntable holds the needle. If you can strum and pick and select strings without anchoring, then you can anchor just a little when you need extra-precise control.

It also puts that high e-string in range.

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I have found that phosphor bronze strings help quite a bit. Specifically the Martin SPs with the bronzed steel B and high E strings.

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