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Old 07-09-2013, 01:41 PM   #1
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Loose Strings ?

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My electric guitar's strings are very loose. WHen I tighten them, they go out of tune and the only way to tune them is to let them loose. So I am wondering how to tighten strings and still keep them in tune?

For example, G string is pretty loose. If I tighten it, it tunes to B/E, etc and never return to G (unless I loosen it back) . How exactly to tighten the strings then?

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Old 07-09-2013, 01:48 PM   #2
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Are you sure you are tuning the guitar to the correct pitch?
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:51 PM   #3
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I use Pacifica 112v and I use electronic tuner. So I just turn the tuning screws until strings reaches the target tuning
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:53 PM   #4
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Just make sure you're not tuning an octave down by mistake. If you're tuning correctly and want more tension just buy thicker strings.
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:32 PM   #5
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assuming i'm understanding what you're asking, it might be dodgy restringing technique.
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:33 PM   #6
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Check it against another guitar or a piano if you can. Also, what does "very loose" mean?
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:50 PM   #7
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Very loose means, if third string is tuned to G, which I want it to be (if i want EBGDA), it is very loose, if i pick the string lightly, it keeps of vibrating heavily.

It maybe something related to restringing. Any videos on that?
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:01 PM   #8
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Youtube is your friend. Just search for a video with your bridge type.
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:08 PM   #9
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sounds liek somthign that happened to me... the ball end of some brands are thicker then others, i know on one of my guitars, i need to push the ball end in with a small screw driver to get it seated properly.....assuming your bridge is either string though or has some kind of trem....when you feed the string through the back of the guitar make sure the ball end is fully seated in the hole. pass the string though the back and pull on it to make sure it goes all the way in.
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:17 PM   #10
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What do you mean by tuning SCREWS? It might be a stupid question, but how do you tune your guitar?
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:31 PM   #11
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Seconding either an octave too low or bad stringing techniques.
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:37 AM   #12
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What do you mean by tuning SCREWS? It might be a stupid question, but how do you tune your guitar?


Tuning keys i think is what i meant. To tune my Pacifica 112, i just turn the keys slightly (shiny screw type tings at the end of guitar) either clockwise or anti.

Also with loose i mean this: watch this guy's strings at 2:54, 2:55.. my strings are not that loose but pretty close to it. you get the idea.
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:39 AM   #13
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You're down an octave. Must be if your strings are that loose. No other option.
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:00 AM   #14
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You're down an octave. Must be if your strings are that loose. No other option.


So how do i go an octave up to the correct position? Also the only way to tighten the strings is to turn the tuning keys right? Or is there any other way to tighten the string and also not loose the tuning?
Should I go to the guitar shop to correct it?

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Old 07-10-2013, 03:33 AM   #15
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So how do i go an octave up to the correct position? Also the only way to tighten the strings is to turn the tuning keys right? Or is there any other way to tighten the string and also not loose the tuning?
Should I go to the guitar shop to correct it?



'Tightening' the string will always change the tuning. That's how it works..

You turn the tuners on the headstock, it winds the string tighter and in turn that changes the tuning.

If you are tuned to an octave below then you need to go from say E right up through all the notes until you return to E again, but an octave higher. Do that for all the strings.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:10 AM   #16
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The pitch of the string directly correlates to how tight the string is, but there is more than one 'G' you have probably tuned to a low "G" an octave below the target note. Keep tightening the string it it will eventually go around to 'G' again at much higher tension. (This is all assuming its very loose and not just a little loose compared to other strings)
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You're down an octave. Must be if your strings are that loose. No other option.


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So how do i go an octave up to the correct position? Also the only way to tighten the strings is to turn the tuning keys right? Or is there any other way to tighten the string and also not loose the tuning?
Should I go to the guitar shop to correct it?


no don't go to the guitar shop

just turn (tighten) the guitar's tuning keys until you hit G on the tuner (or whatever note you need) again.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:44 AM   #19
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Yeah, you are almost certainly an octave down. So how to go an octave up? It's the same note but just 12 half steps (frets) higher. For example if you play the 12th fret of your E string, you get an E an octave higher than the open string. It might be hard to hear which octave you are in if you are new to guitar. Make sure your strings are tuned to the same pitch as in this video. You'll hear if it's an octave lower or higher. Oh yeah, and your strings should feel right when they are tuned to the right pitch.

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Old 07-10-2013, 02:06 PM   #20
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As it turns out, i was NOT an octave lower. The strings become super tight & unplayable when they return to their tuning after a complete cirrcle. So that means something is wrong with my fretboard/truss rod?
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