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Old 06-04-2014, 06:32 PM   #1
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PRS Tuning Issues

I have a 2010 PRS SE Custom 24(the trem model) that keeps going out of tune, even without using the trem at all. I've read that this model often has issues with the slots on the nut being cut too tight. Is there a way to combat this without replacing the nut altogether?
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Old 06-04-2014, 06:50 PM   #2
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I have the same guitar and had that issue for a little while. About a week after I bought the guitar, I finally took it to a shop and asked if it was messed up. The guitar tech told me that either the bridge springs needed to be calibrated (not sure if he was trying to rip me off), the nut needed to be fixed/replaced, or a new set of strings needed to be put in. Putting in a new set of strings actually fixed the issue for me. However, as I said, I only had the guitar about a week, so if you've had yours for a while and have changed the strings, that's probably not it.

What gauge strings do you use? The guitar comes standard with a nut to fit extra-light through light gauge strings, so if you're using medium-heavy, then you do need to get another nut.
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Old 06-04-2014, 06:54 PM   #3
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The se tuners are garbage, the nut's bad, and depending on what gauge string you're using the trem springs might need to be adjusted.

That said, I love se's. They are a few simple upgrades away from being superb instruments.

Locking tuners, new nut, pickups to taste, top it off with a great setup and you have an amazing "player".
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Old 06-04-2014, 07:43 PM   #4
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As to the string gauge, I use 9's. What are some good suggestions for locking tuners and a new nut? My budget is relatively low, so I don't have loads of money to spend.
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Old 06-05-2014, 07:18 AM   #5
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As to the string gauge, I use 9's. What are some good suggestions for locking tuners and a new nut? My budget is relatively low, so I don't have loads of money to spend.

A pre slotted Graphtech nut is $10ish and Sperzel makes nice locking tuners

If your really on a tight budget I have used these on guitars and they work just fine they are just no-name if you are fine with that
http://www.guitarfetish.com/Sperzel...ome_p_1172.html
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:06 AM   #6
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As to the string gauge, I use 9's. What are some good suggestions for locking tuners and a new nut? My budget is relatively low, so I don't have loads of money to spend.


You use the same gauge strings I do (extra-light, good for E standard tunings), so it's probably not the nut. Still, I would replace it if you're already going to get some locking tuners, which you can get for about $60 at Guitar Center or Sweetwater.
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Old 06-06-2014, 04:54 AM   #7
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I have a 2012 SE Custom 24 which I replaced with a Graphtech nut, the 43x6 should be a direct replacement. I didn't need to sand or adjust anything, all you need to do is take out the old one and drop this one in. As far as tuning stability goes, this seems to make the tuning a lot more stable.

I have ordered a set of Grover Locking Tuners (should be the 406). I was told it'd be a direct replacement as well, I'll let you know how that goes once I get that.
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Old 06-07-2014, 06:09 AM   #8
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I have a 2012 SE Custom 24 which I replaced with a Graphtech nut, the 43x6 should be a direct replacement. I didn't need to sand or adjust anything, all you need to do is take out the old one and drop this one in. As far as tuning stability goes, this seems to make the tuning a lot more stable.

I have ordered a set of Grover Locking Tuners (should be the 406). I was told it'd be a direct replacement as well, I'll let you know how that goes once I get that.



Just got them. They are indeed a direct replacement, just make sure you get the 3+3 model (406C) if you want them.
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Old 06-08-2014, 06:46 PM   #9
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Alright then. Thanks for the help!
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Old 06-12-2014, 09:18 PM   #10
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I would probably go with a roller nut. Takes a little work to install correctly but you don't have to worry about choking the strings and hold tune a lot longer. Especially if you bend the strings hard. I don't care for locking tuners but that's personal preference. You probably have springs that are settling too. Just tweak them a little or get you a new set.
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