#1
Ok, so I've had an acoustic guitar for quite awhile, but just recently started playing it again.

Now, my problem is that I have to tune it a whole step down; it just will not go up to E Standard.

As you can probably imagine, this is a royal pain in the ass of the highest caliber, especially when you're trying to play with other people.

The last time I restrung it, I put a set of Dean Markley 11's on it, thinking they would be light enough to fix the problem, but they didn't.

My question is, would putting an even lighter set on fix the problem? If not, how can I fix this? It's driving me crazy.
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#4
try classical strings, the nylon puts less tension on the tuning pegs and bridge. When I first started playing I had a classical that I thought was an acoustic, darn thing wouldn't hold standard either, right strings fixed that problem
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#5
No, I don't see how they could possibly be the problem; the tuning machines work just fine and don't slip at all.

It has to be the strings, because I can physically tune it up to E Standard, but the strings will be EXTREMELY tight.
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try classical strings, the nylon puts less tension on the bridge. When I first started playing I had a classical that I thought was an acoustic, darn thing wouldn't hold standard either, right strings fixed that problem

I assure you, it's not a classical guitar.
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I assure you, it's not a classical guitar.

doesn't mean nylon strings won't fix the problem, they make nylon strings that work on acoustics too
#8
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No, I don't see how they could possibly be the problem; the tuning machines work just fine and don't slip at all.

It has to be the strings, because I can physically tune it up to E Standard, but the strings will be EXTREMELY tight.


your guitar probabaly needs a set up

or you need to work out them fingers some more
#9
The set-up route is probably the answer, but what would it involve?

I've been playing for probably 8 years, so I'm sure my fingers are just fine.
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I've been playing for probably 8 years, so I'm sure my fingers are just fine.


I'm sorry this made me sound like an asshole, it really wasn't intended that way.

My point is, that I don't have any problems playing my friends' acoustic guitars, both of which are in standard. Also, I can't just be like "How do you set up your guitars?" because neither of them do anything like that (they don't know how to set up guitars and probably don't even know what gauge strings are on there); I'm basically the resident guitar guru of the group.
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#12
UPDATE:

Well, I went ahead and put a set of 10's on there and it pretty much solved my problem.

Anyway, thank you for all the help, guys.
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