I have one steel string acoustic guitar. It’s a Martin GPCPA3 that I bought back in 2012 or so. I feel like the tone is not as nice as it used to be.
The top 2 or 3 strings just sound kind of awful. I spent a lot of time trying to record a finger-style part this weekend and finally realized that I maybe just don’t like the sound of the guitar. But I know that I used to, so I think it might need some kind of maintenance. The biggest issue is that the top 2 strings have some kind of intermittent buzz. It’s not fret buzz–it sounds like it’s coming from the bridge area. I took the saddle out yesterday and sanded down the grooves a bit, and I think it helped, but I’m not sure. The top strings are so harsh that I ended up with a pretty stupid fx chain trying to get a sound that I liked out of the recording.
Does it make sense that I might need a new saddle? Anybody have any favorite strings to recommend that aren’t too jangly? I wonder if I need to go to a heavier gauge… I think I have been putting lights on there to make it easier to play, but I always used to use mediums before that. Anything else you can think of that can effect tone?