Recently bought this electric guitar, it's great, but I've noticed that when I play chords / strum them all together, the notes on the b and e strings don't resonate in sync with the rest of the strings?

It's hard to explain. Like the notes I play on those strings sound fine when I palm mute/play them individually, but at soon as I let them ring out with the rest of the notes in a chord it sounds out of tune, flat. If I try to compensate for this by tuning them up a bit, then of course it will sound a little sharp for everything else I play.

Also if I use a capo and play the same chords on higher frets, like 7th or 8th, this problem seems to go away. or at least is far less noticeable the higher up you go. The lower you go on the neck, the more pronounced this problem is. when I close my eyes and play the notes, I feel like I can hear it decaying slightly the longer it sustains. It almost sounds like I have a chorus effect going on, but only for notes on those 2 strings and only lower on the fret-board.

Like those specific strings aren't resonating in sync with the rest of the strings when played on lower frets or open notes, you know when you are tuning the strings and you hit the harmonics and listen for any wobbling between the two? That's how it sounds when I play any notes on those two strings lower on the fret-board, even though they are in perfect tune, and playing the notes individually in the same chord formation sounds fine. I've changed the strings, upped the gauge, taken it into the shop and had it set up / worked on. One of the techs I brought it to after having it set up just told me that it's fine, and I must just be pressing too hard on the frets.

I have been playing for over 20 years. I know I'm not pressing too hard. and this happens even when I lightly strum them, plus it makes no sense as it happens on open strings too when played in tandem with other notes. I'm at my wits end with this thing. Please help.

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    What happened when you heard the tech play those same chords on the guitar before/after he set it up?
    – Tim
    May 16, 2021 at 15:10
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    How close are the pickups to the strings? Drop them back as far as they will go & try again.
    – Tetsujin
    May 16, 2021 at 16:37
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    Could you upload an audio sample of the problem? May 16, 2021 at 20:26
  • when i showed it to the tech he def heard the same problem i heard. but he wasnt the tech who actually worked on it, he passed it off to the senior tech, and the notes he left on it was just "dont push down so hard" and "i adjusted the saddles a bit" the pickups was a good place to start i thought, but i have lowered and raised them as far down and up as they will go, and it seems to have little to no difference in this problem. i will try and upload audio clips of what i am talking about when i get home
    – JetCaspian
    May 17, 2021 at 14:17
  • also, i know that applying pressure to the back or front of the neck while chords ring out will slightly tighten or loosen the strings causing a change in pitch. but its never been so fragile in any other guitar i have owned. i barely have to touch the back of the neck with one finger and the pitch change in very noticable. im wondering if maybe thats a contributing factor in this problem. because its impossible to not apply any pressure in one way or another while playing chords. though that cant be the whole story cause even open strings have this issue..
    – JetCaspian
    May 17, 2021 at 14:26


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