The guitar is a transposed instrument

“…What many guitarists don’t realize is that the guitar is actually a transposed instrument.  This means the notes sound different pitch than written.  The guitar sounds one octave lower than written.  So, when E in the top space is written, the guitarists play the notes on the first string open.  The pitch which is heard is actually one octave lower.” (Fingerboard Theory for Guitar by Mike Christiansen, p.5)

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