emaxwelkooti
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Join date: Oct 2007
452 IQ
#1
I just restrung my guitar, and noticed the intonation on the G string was way off. The fretted note (12 fret) was very sharp compared to the harmonic. I adjusted the saddle towards the tailpiece, lengthening the string, and the fretted note became less sharp, but is still noticeably sharp. Now the saddle is as far as it can go, and it is still noticeably (painfully) sharp.

tl;dr Intonation off, saddle cant go any further.

What can I do? It has been bothering me for a while.
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sea`
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Join date: Sep 2007
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#2
Assuming standard tuning, you probably over-corrected. Common mistake.

The amount of string distance that you need to correct a note that is sharp or flat is extremely small. Even a quarter-turn of your screwdriver/etc. will be too much in many cases. I've adjusted intonation on instruments before yet never saw it improve. Turns out I was doing more harm than good.
emaxwelkooti
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Join date: Oct 2007
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#3
Thanks I guess I'll just go a quarter-turn at a time and see what happens
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emaxwelkooti
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#4
Could lowering the string height help solve this perhaps? They are quite high
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Boba FRETT
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#5
Lowing the action will definitely help your intonation. But if you're having trouble with getting the position of the saddle right, you can flip the saddle itself over so you can get the extra length you need to get the string to the right intonation point.
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lilke
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#6
I've had that. For me the solution was changing the string.
Edit: Just reread your post. My bad.
gregs1020
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#7
if your neck has a lot of bow in it that may cause it to not intonate perfectly as well. (assuming you can't get the string "long" enough between the bridge and saddle).
emaxwelkooti
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Join date: Oct 2007
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#8
I lowered the action a bit and its better now. still a bit out, but almost right. Thanks guys
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