For some reason I cannot tune my classical guitar, I've used phone apps and actual tuners. I'm starting to believe that the issue is that the guitar is too cheapy. I bought for 100$ from the brand fender. I'm especially having problems with my low E string, it sounds terrible. I replaced the string and it still sounds the same, it has this very high pitched sound. I've tried to make it lower pitch and it sounds even worse. I'm not sure what to do at this point. All the strings sound so plastic like instead of a more savory sound a classical guitar is supposed to have. I'm not sure what the brand of the strings are originally when I bought it but I bought and used DAddrío pro larté nylon core normal intention classical guitar strings if that helps anyone.

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    That doesn't sound like a tuning issue. Could you share an audio recording?
    – Edward
    Commented Jul 6, 2022 at 0:21
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    Yeah the tone is different from the tuning. A photo of the guitar and the strings might help also. And how are you trying to tune? With an electronic tuner? Commented Jul 6, 2022 at 1:37
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    You really have to separate the tone from the tuning. The tuning comes from the tension of the strings. The tone comes from your right hand technique. Commented Jul 6, 2022 at 2:27
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    Welcome! To make the question answerable, please use the "Edit" button to add some more information. Right now this question seems to be about tone—the way a string might "sound different" even if it's in tune, might have a richer or thinner sound. If you're having trouble even making it be an E, then please tell more about the trouble you're having—is the string changing pitch on its own? Are you having trouble telling whether it needs to move up or down? Commented Jul 6, 2022 at 12:21
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    @Mya You can upload a clip to Youtube, Soundcloud, or another website, and then post a link to it here.
    – Edward
    Commented Jul 9, 2022 at 3:08

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It could be a problem of distances between the Nut and the Bridge, or maybe the tuning peg does not allow you to be as exact with the turns. However, if this problem is increased by playing a note somewhere on the fret, you could add a neck bend problem. Cheap guitars are usually a mess with tuning.

  • How does poor intonation give high pitched sound on low E string?
    – ojs
    Commented Jul 9, 2022 at 21:43

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