For those who do not know the terminology we used to refer to a car with lots of faults as being a Friday car, one that was assembled on a Friday!
Yesterday, when I went to buy some new strings I tried a Guitar, same Spanish maker as mine, but all solid woods and about double the price I paid. This one was old stock, perhaps five years old and the strings were original D'Addario, the same as I use.After some time tuning it, I couldn't really get a decent sound out of it and also open string harmonics were quite difficult. At the suggestion of the Shop Assistant, I tried another Guitar, again from the same Manufacturer but much cheaper than mine and this was quite responsive.
My question is, could the expensive Guitar (about US$1,000.-) with clapped out strings make it sound like an el cheapo instrument or could there be a problem with the guitar. I inspected it carefully and it was nicely finished with no apparent faults except the sound.