True or False? Most tuning problems are due to the tuning machines...
Sometimes cheap or faulty machines are a problem. And a high-quality set will enable better and more accurate tuning. But "tuning problems" most often come from how the guitar was strung up at the machine heads. Keep reading for more info on tuning issues.
It's crucial to have enough wraps around the machine heads for each string. Make sure you start with enough slack before winding the string so you get 3-5 wraps around the posts. You should aim for 5 wraps on the treble strings and 3 wraps on the bass strings. It's also important to bend or kink the string on both sides of the post hole before winding. After a rough tuning, stretch the strings at each end before final tuning. Check out our restring tutorial.
"Tuning issues can usually be resolved with a proper restring and some minor adjustments." -Ryan Elewaut
Old strings become impossible to get in tune. A string is a long cylinder with a consistent diameter. Over time, it becomes worn out in the areas where you play most. This causes differences in the string diameter, creating inconsistencies in the wave form and overall frequency response. Grime from your fingers also weighs the string down, making the problems worse. Contact us to discuss your strings and setup!
Your setup can also affect your tuning. If you are experiencing a guitar that doesn't stay in tune when you play up the neck or when you use a capo, chances are your tuning problems are setup related. Frets that are worn or uneven will also cause intonation issues. The worse off your setup is, the more pronounced these issues become.
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