I have 3 high end guitars. 2 Gibson's, SG and 335 1 Taylor 528-e
Each of these guitars cost thousands.
The SG and the Taylor - I have had for a few years - and have been professionally set up multiple times over the years.
I recently purchased the 335 - from a very reputable store.
I record to midi and tuning is very important to me. When I fret a note - I expect it to be in perfect tune.
With all of my guitars - however - they do not play perfect notes when fretted. Some fretted locations are perfect tune - some not.
The intonation is perfect.
With all 3 guitars - particularly when fretting the A on the G string (3rd string 2nd fret) - the A always is sharp somewhat.
For the Taylor and the SG - if I compensate somewhat on the G string, pulling it back - not quite flat - the A will then be close or spot on when fretted.
With the 335 - I have to pull the G string flat out of tune, to get the fretted A to be in tune.
What is going on here exactly?
Why is it the G string and the fretted A on all of them?
I have a Epiphone Studio - does the same thing... but for $400... Why am I spending thousands of dollars to have guitars that do not fully tune?
I have these discussions with the sales reps at the Guitar store - they say it is in my head or "Supposed to be that way". I feel they are sales motivated and will stray from the truth.
I want to spend my time playing my guitar and recording - not tuning and being frustrated.
I have played guitar for decades - it is not a fretting issue (how I fret the string). I have tested various fretting techniques and use a consistent fretting method - to test the tune - to ensure the data is the same.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Regards.