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    Eruption cam-5150's Avatar
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    Problems staying in tune

    I have a little dilemma going on. I own a Gibdon SG Faded Special and an Epiphone Les Paul Custom and I can't get them to stay in tune for the life of me. The bottom three strings are okay, but one bend on the G string and it knocks it right out of tune. Rather them spending a fortune replacing the tuning machines with sperzels, is there any special stringing techniques I can try? I'm sure that others who own Gibson guitars on here know what I'm talking about. And please, don't tell me about that Big Bend's Nut Sauce... that shit makes a mess.
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    I have no idea what level of playing you are at so don't take any of my suggestions too personally:

    1. Change the strings--maybe they are too old?
    2. Are you securing the strings well enough on the machine heads?
    When you change the strings, try pulling the string through the hole/eye
    of the machine head, and hold the excess so that when you tune up the
    string, the coiled part wraps around it on the machine head, firmly holding
    it in place. Then cut the excess string off so that you see only the
    coiled string wrapped around the post and holding the excess slack in
    place. (Hard to describe, easy to see and do).

    3. Take a sharpened pencil and rub in the grooves of the nut. The graphite
    will lube up any friction where the string lays on the nut.

    4 Bend new strings thoroughly and re-tune until they no longer go out of
    tune.
    How open-minded do I have to be before my brains start spilling out?

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    Also...

    Don't forget the possibility that the machine heads are loose and have a little give in them, as well as the chance the the neck is not properly adjusted and is changing due to the seasonal changes.

    Hard tail guitars should stay in tune for weeks on end even with rough playing on them.

    Good luck!

 

 

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