#1
I just got an Epiphone a few months ago. I don't know much about acoustics but when I got my electrics my guitar teacher would usually tweak the action or mess with the bridge a bit. My acoustic seems to have a little trouble staying in tune and the high E string makes a funny muted sound on the higher frets. Should I take it to Guitar Center and ask them to do something or would that be stupid?
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#2
Put a new set of quality strings on it first. Could fix both problems simultaneously. .012's are a common, middle of the road gauge for acoustic strings. Beyond that, the sky's the limit. There's too many brands to even bother trying to jot down here. Ask at the store and they'll hook you up.
#3
^^Yes - acoustics don't really need setups. But you can take it to guitar center and say that you have fret buzz and see if they can recommend something. Even with light filing for the bridge or a neck adjustment they shouldn't charge you more then say $40 - and that's still a ripoff!
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#4
^-- acoustics do need setups. anyway, do what leftydave said first.
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Quote by LeftyDave
Put a new set of quality strings on it first. Could fix both problems simultaneously. .012's are a common, middle of the road gauge for acoustic strings. Beyond that, the sky's the limit. There's too many brands to even bother trying to jot down here. Ask at the store and they'll hook you up.

Avoid Elixirs like the plague. The store is just trying to sell you expensive strings if they mention them.
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Avoid Elixirs like the plague. The store is just trying to sell you expensive strings if they mention them.


hmm....i live my life by Elixirs. Never have failed me like so many of the other brands..
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^^Yes - acoustics don't really need setups. But you can take it to guitar center and say that you have fret buzz and see if they can recommend something. Even with light filing for the bridge or a neck adjustment they shouldn't charge you more then say $40 - and that's still a ripoff!



This is absolutely not true!

Guitars come from the factory with a one size fits all set up. Some of the lower end models and some of the higher ones don't come with a set up at all.

Yes it will need a set up. If you bought it at a store in the last year they usually will set it up free. Take it too them and ask them for a set up with the action low. They will check the frets to see that they are level and file down the ones that are too high. They will adjust the height of the string and adjust the strings at the nut to make sure they are at the right height and make sure the intonation is set correctly.

If they won't do a set up take it to a reputable guitar tech and pay him the $40-45. You will not be sorry. Your guitar will play so much easier.

There is also a professional set up done by a luthier in which they sand the supports and so forth which will increase playability, tone and sustain. That costs $150-200.

Every guitar needs to be set up to the users liking. Otherwise he won't play it.

Also one problem you may be having is the strings need to be stretched out when you put them on. This way you take out all the slack. When you put them all on and bring them up to pitch then grab the string at the 12th fret and pull it up and side to side then bring it back up to pitch again. Do this 2 or 3 times. If you don't your guitar will have trouble staying in tune when you first put new strings on it. Problem will last a couple weeks.

Another pitfall to look for is if you wind the string from the hole down you can bind the string if there is too much string on the post. If this happens you will have a great deal of difficulty getting it into tune.
Last edited by Guitar Hack at Apr 1, 2008,