Kayla has a classical guitar which she can play with a moderate amount of competence. She just now approached me with a strange situation after spending half an hour tuning it.
On all strings (except the “G”), the first fret is dead. When she fingers the first fret on an individual string, it plays the same pitch as when she plays the second fret. In addition, the first fret yields a rattling/buzzing tone when she picks the string.
It’s worth noting that she has been in the habit during the past eight weeks, of leaving her guitar in its case in the back of her car. And we have been experiencing a heat wave for about as long.
Is this something that any of our guitar experts have encountered before? Is there any fix for this problem? About how much should it cost to fix?
I spent $200 on this instrument and ten lessons for her birthday in 2017, if that is useful information about the likely quality of the guitar and its being worth repairing.