#1
I did a search before anyone asks, I just want to make sure I have this right.

I have .10 gauge ernie balls on my epiphone les paul. About a week or so old, but the G keeps detuning like right away. Every note, bend detunes it. So do I just need to work the string in or could it be another problem?
#2
With me, all my G strings on my guitars are pretty rough to get in tune and have them maintain it. My older ones are worse, buy my Epi LP doesn't seem to have this problem so bad and they're 9's. Try string stretching though, your strings are decently new.
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#3
are u sure its wrapped around the tuners enough? that happened to me before. when i restrung my guitar i didnt put enough string around them and it kept slipping
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#4
LP's and SG's are known to have some tuning instabilities sometimes, especially with lower gauge strings. Here's some things you can do to help it:

- Make sure you stretch the strings out quite intensively, retune, stretch, retune and repeat a few times.
- Make sure there's 2-3 winds around the tuning peg.
- Try rubbing some art pencil or "Nut Sauce" in the grooves of the nut.
- Try moving to 11 gauge strings if you can handle it. It might improve your tone aswell as stability. Saying that, I'm a 9 guage guy myself haha.
- Try changing string company if all this fails. I'm a fan of D'addario strings, great stability.

Hope that helps.
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#5
Yup I just got an EMG installed so I had the tech string it for me... So for stretching it should I just go pretty tight and leave it there over night or something?
#6
for the first few days none of your strings will stay in tune very well. If its a perennial problem, then you probably have loose tuning machines. Not to bash on Epi, but they use ****ty hardware. If you have the cash I would recommend replacing the input jack and plate, tuners, bridge, and pickups. You then have a pretty good quality guitar, and for still less than half the absurd price of a real LP standard!
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for the first few days none of your strings will stay in tune very well. If its a perennial problem, then you probably have loose tuning machines. Not to bash on Epi, but they use ****ty hardware. If you have the cash I would recommend replacing the input jack and plate, tuners, bridge, and pickups. You then have a pretty good quality guitar, and for still less than half the absurd price of a real LP standard!


Yup I was doing that slowly. n have a pssive/active mix because of my tech). I was going to get new machine heads (I'm going to make all hardware black, so black grovers I guess) and I didn't really think of the bridge. It dosen't have a problem so that will be last...

I tried to tighten the machine heads but turning the screw on the knob you turn to tune the guitar (if you get that...). I'll try again/

But is it safe for the strings to leave it maybe an octave or so up a night to stretch it?
#8
you couldnt install the active emgs your slef?
anyways...
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but yeah g strings always go out of tune, make sure you had enough wraps on it...and you always bend the g string more...idk y but you do...everyone does...
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umm I use 11s and have a wound G string, and I tune in Eb standard...




Really?

I was sure it was you that posted that in all "what gauge strings do use" type threads saying that you used 14-64's...

no...
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Really?

I was sure it was you that posted that in all "what gauge strings do use" type threads saying that you used 14-64's...

no...


nope, I think that would damage my guitar, I used 13-58s once and I had to replace a couple of bridge saddles. Plus I can't stand excessive down tuning.
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nope, I think that would damage my guitar, I used 13-58s once and I had to replace a couple of bridge saddles. Plus I can't stand excessive down tuning.


Ahh...I forget who it was then...

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#16
my g string dont go out of tune really, but i also wind my strings like 5-7 times. no jk. is that good? bad?
#17
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my g string dont go out of tune really, but i also wind my strings like 5-7 times. no jk. is that good? bad?


Bad. 2-3 windings is enough, extra windings either do nothing or cause tuning problems.
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#18
Mines wound 3-4 times...

Also do wound G strings change the sound of the string, how much do they cost and are they just as easy to play?

Also should I wait another week before making a judgement... this hasn't happened before, but I've strung them myself (terribly, I didn't give it slack so they didnt wind properly therefore i couldn't cut them...)
#19
I used to get so annoyed by the same problem on my Les Pauls
but on my Les Paul Custom it stays in tune VERY well now ^^

I found these to help tuning

Rubbing a pencil in the slots of the nut
Winding the string 3-4 times which has already been said


I fixed my issue by replacing the tuners with locking machineheads
I didn't wanna drill new holes in the headstock either so I replaced them with grover locking rotomatics which are a direct swap
#20
I have an Epi LP too, and its th exact same problem for me,
i think its got to do with string tension,
this might help:
lift hte g string up a bit off its nut (haha) and rub some pencil led in there,
it helps stabalize the tension. havent tried it yet, but my guitar teacher says it works everytime.
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#21
ok good ideas guys. And thanks for giving me advice on the new machine heads. I was going to do that sometime anyways. Are they hard to install yourself or should I get my tech to do it?
#22
so far thats working. Will I have to do this again and should I replace the nut or is it the tuners, because I don't want to have to put led into it allk the time (well fake led)...