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Old 01-05-2014, 11:03 PM   #1
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Any tricks to keeping guitar in tune

I abuse the living **** out of my strings and can't always get through an entire song without a string or two going out of tune. I don't know if there's a better set of strings out there for my playing style or what. I imagine it's all the bends and really heavy picking doing it. I'm on a PRS
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:48 PM   #2
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A locking tremolo system...but they're a pain for practice if you need to tune different.

if you don't have a locking nut. Dose your guitar have bracket to press down on the string on the head stock?
You know how the Les Paul head stock is slanted and Strat's arn't

My Strat has strings hold down. I don't use the tremolo on it because it'll throw
it out of tune, Other than that it stays in tune.

Is it a 1 piece neck and body? If not...check the neck bolts.

If it has a tremolo without locking. Try adding springs in the back.

Maybe try adjusting your innotation. (the bridge)
The string saddle. The distance or length of the string.
Becareful thou...if you don't know what you're doing.
Sometimes you have to adjust them from factory settings.
I had a warlock that had tuning and action problems. After I adjusted the innotations
it stay in tune throughout the entire neck. Sweet actions too.

You know you don't want perfect pitch, right???
If you had perfect pitch...your guitar will sound like crap.
There's not such thing as a perfectly tuned guitar....
That's how you check for proper innotations. Make sure the chords sound
decent throughout the entire neck.

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Old 01-06-2014, 12:17 AM   #3
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Bends wouldn't throw your guitar out of tune, but heavy picking would. Seriously, learn to pick lighter. The goal is to pick nor heavier than you need to.
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Old 01-06-2014, 12:55 AM   #4
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did you do the knot thing around the tuning post? have the strings stretched out completely yet?
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Old 01-06-2014, 03:44 AM   #5
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You might also want to add some lead between the nut and your strings (where the strings lay ove r the nut). Some tension gets caught between the tunners and the nut when you bend strings if your nut is not properly lubed.
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Old 01-06-2014, 04:15 AM   #6
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You might also want to add some lead between the nut and your strings (where the strings lay ove r the nut). Some tension gets caught between the tunners and the nut when you bend strings if your nut is not properly lubed.

This. I think this is what usually causes guitar going out of tune.

And guitars should stay tune without a locking tremolo. Floyd Rose isn't an answer unless you like it. Standard style tremolo can be set up so that it stays in tune well. And fixed bridge guitars should stay in tune well.

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did you do the knot thing around the tuning post? have the strings stretched out completely yet?


Maybe also change your strings.
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:14 PM   #7
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I abuse the living **** out of my strings and can't always get through an entire song without a string or two going out of tune. I don't know if there's a better set of strings out there for my playing style or what. I imagine it's all the bends and really heavy picking doing it. I'm on a PRS


The PRS trems are supposed to be pretty good at staying in tune. As people have said, some pencil lead in your nut and saddles will help.

The other one, of course, is how you wrap your strings around your tuning posts. Don't do knots, which not only slow down your string changes but make it more likely that you'll go out of tune. The key is you want three, smooth, complete wraps around the tuning post without kinks or more overlap than is absolutely necessary. Each wrap goes under the previous wrap, and they should be snug up against each other.

(If you google "Taylor method" for restringing, you'll probably find a good video).
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It's not lead in pencils, it's graphite.
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Old 01-06-2014, 06:53 PM   #9
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It could just be you are playing too hard? I know that when I'm drunk sometimes I just feel like hammering on my cheap acoustic. And it goes outa' tune. When I play it soft/normal its fine.
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Old 01-09-2014, 12:59 AM   #10
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Every one of my posts has 3-4 perfect wraps and brand new Elixir nanowebs. I do play very very hard but that's my style. That's how I get my tone. I mean usually it's my G string or B string that get ****ed when I'm playing so I assume it's from bending as those are the strings I bend the most. Oh and I'm on a hard tail bridge that the strings wrap around so no excuse for the bridge.
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Old 01-10-2014, 09:21 PM   #11
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I think the most important thing to keep a non-trem in tune is to make sure everything else is stable and set like the bridge, tuning pegs, neck, etc....tighten everything and make sure it's all set to the best of your abilities. Some people might say to knot the string also. I counter that by saying just leave more string to wind around the peg. Tune your guitar to one setting and leave it....don't keep retuning if possible.
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Old 01-11-2014, 01:38 AM   #12
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The PRS trems are supposed to be pretty good at staying in tune.

Not all PRS guitars have trems...

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There's nothing "stylish" about playing hard. Stop doing it. You're not doing anything good by picking brutally. STOP!

It sounds to me like a lot of your issue is you're picking so hard that you knock the strings out of tune. Trust me, I know; I used to do it too. But things become so much easier if you stop abusing your strings and treat them nicely. A light touch is a good touch.
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Old 01-11-2014, 02:02 AM   #13
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A light touch also allows you to be more relaxed, and thus play faster and more fluidly. You should pick only as hard as you need to with the smallest amount of the tip of the pick as possible.

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