I have Westfield JBEA 35-SB acoustic/electric guitar.
It's currently strung with Elixir Nanoweb acoustic guitar strings that are extra-light gauge, .010 - .047.
I find it very difficult to play barre chords on the lower frets (most notably barres on first and second frets). Positioning isn't a problem, I can finger the whole chord, but it requires a hell of a lot of pressure to get the sound to ring, and not be muted.
Is there something I can do to reduce the pressure it takes to form these chords? Or is there something about my guitar that just makes it more difficult? I have noted that bending strings on this guitar is also much more difficult than other guitars.
I have no trouble playing barre chords on other acoustics, and all of my other electric guitars.