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Tune to C, leave intonation set for E.
8 24%
Tune to C, reintonate for C.
3 9%
Buy 3rd guitar especially for C tuning.
22 67%
Voters: 33.
#1
Right now my Gibson Les Paul is perfectly intonated for E standard. I want to play in C standard for a while, but I'm afraid that if I reintonate for C and want to go back to standard in future, I'll never get the intonation as perfect as it is for E standard right now.

What do I do?
#3
Quote by hrdcorelaxplaya
Get another guitar.


Yea, that's your best bet. Get another guitar and make that one especially for the low tuning of C standard.
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#4
Yup, you must have a set intonation. Unless you either feel like paying for the changes of intonation or can do it yourself, its really up to you
#5
If you're just going to goof around for a little, then don't worry about reintonating. But if you're going to play in C-standard for a good long time, then you will want to get a new guitar and set it up for low tunings.
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#6
Quote by Krzy8
Yup, you must have a set intonation. Unless you either feel like paying for the changes of intonation or can do it yourself, its really up to you


I can set intonation. It's just that it initially takes 3 hours of obsessing over perfecting it, then perfecting some more a few days later as the neck readjusts to the string tension.
#7
well then do it yourself IF your doing it for long term. if your goofing off just tune it down.
#9
Buy just the upper part of the bridge, place a small sticker on the bottom of it and write C on it, swap in on to the guitar. Take the original bridge and place a small sticker on the bottom and write E on it. Take the guitar and have it intonated for C with the new bridge on, that way you will have a bridge ready made for either tuning and can swap them when ever you want.
#10
Quote by Fat Brian
Buy just the upper part of the bridge, place a small sticker on the bottom of it and write C on it, swap in on to the guitar. Take the original bridge and place a small sticker on the bottom and write E on it. Take the guitar and have it intonated for C with the new bridge on, that way you will have a bridge ready made for either tuning and can swap them when ever you want.


Smart thinking.
#11
Quote by Fat Brian
Buy just the upper part of the bridge, place a small sticker on the bottom of it and write C on it, swap in on to the guitar. Take the original bridge and place a small sticker on the bottom and write E on it. Take the guitar and have it intonated for C with the new bridge on, that way you will have a bridge ready made for either tuning and can swap them when ever you want.

That's quite possibly the most sensible thing I've ever read on this site
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#12
Fat Brian, thats one E-cookie for you, for a great idea that i have not heard of. Well done.
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#13
I just redid a guitar that was setup and tuned to C, restrung it and retuned it to E.
The only things I had to mess with (and granted, it was a pain in the ass) was the trem spring tension to get the unit level, and lowering the action for a lighter gauge of string.

I didn't have to re-intonate at all, my string length didn't change......
#14
Quote by steven seagull
That's quite possibly the most sensible thing I've ever read on this site


haha, agreed. you'd need to make sure you stick to the same brand and gauge of strings, of course.
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#15
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#17
Quote by Fat Brian
Buy just the upper part of the bridge, place a small sticker on the bottom of it and write C on it, swap in on to the guitar. Take the original bridge and place a small sticker on the bottom and write E on it. Take the guitar and have it intonated for C with the new bridge on, that way you will have a bridge ready made for either tuning and can swap them when ever you want.


nice thinking. That idea should be in a sticky imo.
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