#1
so i cant properly intonate my PRS SE Custom with 13 gauge strings on them. The pack on the strings says for c tuning but i use drop B. Should i tune to C then try to intonate it? When i try in B the note is just always sharp no matter which way i move the bridge?
#2
Hmmm you could try tuning to C and see how that affects intonation. I feel like a pussy for using 9s on my PRS

EDIT: why the 13s?
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Last edited by maiden_man_666 at May 29, 2010,
#3
How bowed is your neck now with the 13s on it?
Moving on.....
#5
I've messed around with alot of guitars and tunings and have decided that once you go below
standard D on any guitar with 24 to25.5 inch scale useing heavier guage strings to maintain a particular tension,you will run into intonation problems,not to mention action,neck stability etc. all do-able if your mechanically minded and VERY patient,or,have a personal guitar tech.Best overall opition is buy a long scale(also known as baritone)guitar.These are optomised for down tuning,Ibanez have what they call the RGD series,6 and seven strings standard and Prestige level,so they start at affordable prices.
#6
Yea i would get a barritone guitar or a longer scale guitar but i dont have the money right now. Just trying to figure out my current situation. thanks though
#8
Intonation should be done at the pitch you'll be using. The bowed neck does throw off the entire scale to a minor degree . Think of it like dividing a string into notes on a straight line which is wha a guitar normally does then suddenly changing the line to a curve, the "step" frets distance has changed (shortened string length actually & raising the pitch as a result.
So straightening your neck out would be the first thing I'd try then try redoing your intonation from there.
Moving on.....