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Guitar Hard To Play?

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Why is My Guitar Hard To Play?

The most common issues making a guitar hard to play are:

1-Faulty nut slot height or the nut slot is too deep which makes strings too high or low, therefore harder to push down on a fret.

2-Action (String Height) too high or too low can make plying difficult.

3-Your guitar frets are not of 100% uniform height causing fret buzz and unpleasant sounds which tend to irritate you.

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4-Is your neck straight? Most likely-it’s not. This causes you to fight with the guitar and change your technique on various portions of the neck making playing more of a struggle than a pleasure.

5-String gauge is too heavy. If the strings are too big and thick they can be more difficult to manage and tend to make playing harder. Try a lighter gauge.


6-Got Fret Sprout? What is that?? an undesirable condition in which the ends of the frets protrude from the outside edges of the fingerboard giving a sharp “sawblade” effect. This is very uncomfortable. These are some of the usual problems needing correction to make your job of playing guitar, better, easier, more comfortable and fun!

7- Neck too thick. Change to a thinner profile.

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Too large guitar strings: you slow down and hurt your fingers.
By | 2021-11-13T15:03:59-05:00 October 13th, 2021|Guitar Education|0 Comments

About the Author:

Mr. Rick Mariner Owner and Founder and CEO of Haywire Custom Guitars Inc. He is a member of The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (A.S.I.A.) as well as a guitar player. Rick holds a bachelors degree from University of Md. and a Masters degree from George Washington University. Rick developed his exclusive 8 – Point “Gig- Ready” guitar process that allows for Custom Guitars that are “GIG-READY”. With Rick’s many years of development and guitar set-up experience, Haywire Guitar shop “Builds satisfied players… one Haywire guitar at a time”.

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