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Best Answer jpmull , 04 May 2014 - 04:24 AM

I'm not trying to insult you, but try googling how to "string a guitar'. There are a couple of things I learned from doing that even though I had been playing for years. So, make sure you are stringing the guitar correctly and stretching the strings. Some people have also swapped out the tuners for locking tuners.

When I got my 59, I thought I was having tuning and intonation problems. It turns out, I needed to lighten my touch. I was used to playing an Ibanez with low action and low frets. I found that the JTV's frets were higher off the fretboard. So, when I was fretting a note, I was pushing the string all the way to the fretboard and causing the note/chord to drift slightly out of tune.

This got worse when I tried a set of nines for strings because they were so slinky.

If you swapped out the tens for nines, try to lighten your touch on your left hand and see what happens. It takes some time to change your technique, so I put tens back on and that helped.

Find these vids on you tube: Gibson Guitar Tutorial: Joe Walsh - Guitar Setup


Joe shows how he sets up his guitars and keeps them in tune. It's also a great tutorial for learning Joe's guitar face! Go to the full post


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#1 mrzwo

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 12:58 AM

Hi

My  Jtv 59 will not stay in tune particulally the bottom E string, it sounds like the intonation is not set right but it is spot on any thoughts ??

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 04:24 AM   Best Answer

I'm not trying to insult you, but try googling how to "string a guitar'. There are a couple of things I learned from doing that even though I had been playing for years. So, make sure you are stringing the guitar correctly and stretching the strings. Some people have also swapped out the tuners for locking tuners.

When I got my 59, I thought I was having tuning and intonation problems. It turns out, I needed to lighten my touch. I was used to playing an Ibanez with low action and low frets. I found that the JTV's frets were higher off the fretboard. So, when I was fretting a note, I was pushing the string all the way to the fretboard and causing the note/chord to drift slightly out of tune.

This got worse when I tried a set of nines for strings because they were so slinky.

If you swapped out the tens for nines, try to lighten your touch on your left hand and see what happens. It takes some time to change your technique, so I put tens back on and that helped.

Find these vids on you tube: Gibson Guitar Tutorial: Joe Walsh - Guitar Setup


Joe shows how he sets up his guitars and keeps them in tune. It's also a great tutorial for learning Joe's guitar face!
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Posted 04 May 2014 - 11:00 AM

Hey thanks for your help I thought I knew how to string a guitar but maybe I need to go back to basics

I'd never thought of the light touch Ill try it

Thanks again

Steve


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Posted 04 May 2014 - 12:57 PM

this video shows what IMHO is the best way to mount strings with regular tuners..

doing so they behave almost as locking tuners (which I have on another guitar)..

 

my Variax has a very stable tuning, and I do a lot of bends and use lot of dynamics

 

 

this guy from "frudua" posted several interesting guitar setup videos on youtube


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Posted 05 May 2014 - 12:09 AM

Thanks for all the tips, Ive just put new strings on and do change them as soon as I can feel the fret marks on the underneath of the string


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 12:45 PM

Hey ! Problem solved going back to basics did the trick all is good.

Thanks for the tips light touch and the restringing technique worked for me

I think string slippage was the main problem many thanks for the advice

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