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  • Top-L
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    Originally posted by GuitarStv View Post

    I have two guitars with Floyd Roses . . . they're in tune every time I pick them up. :P
    I know right!?

    All of my guitars have Floyds because I like that they are always in tune.

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  • Spirit of 76
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    Originally posted by Gtrjunior View Post

    I hear you. My LP seems to always have the same strings go out as well. I think it’s just a LP thing...lol
    I have one of those string butler things on one of my Pauls and I does help quite a bit. But still, I need to tune it regularly. It doesn’t quite “solve” the issue.
    I think you're right. I saw this thing talking about LP headstock design and it's effects on strings and it also indicated issues staying in tune. Mystery solved I suppose.

    Thanks everyone for your feedback and insight.

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  • Gtrjunior
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    Originally posted by Spirit of 76 View Post

    No, just seems odd that its always the same three strings, and they are always the same degree out of tune. That's all I was getting at.
    I hear you. My LP seems to always have the same strings go out as well. I think it’s just a LP thing...lol
    I have one of those string butler things on one of my Pauls and I does help quite a bit. But still, I need to tune it regularly. It doesn’t quite “solve” the issue.

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  • Spirit of 76
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    Originally posted by Gtrjunior View Post
    If you are expecting your guitar to always be in tune every time you pick it up I think that’s an unrealistic expectation.
    The very first thing I do when I pick up my guitars is to give the tuning a quick check/tweak.
    No, just seems odd that its always the same three strings, and they are always the same degree out of tune. That's all I was getting at.

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  • Gtrjunior
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    Originally posted by nexion218 View Post
    Well if the strings are worn, I wouldn't expect them to be perfectly in tune and don't even dream of proper intonation.

    Also, I noticed that most probably due to the 10-15 celsius difference between my body/hand temperature and the room temperature, when I pick up my guitars, they are a few cents sharp. I play them for a few minutes and they are perfectly in tune, the way I put them away after the previous session. So your problem might be similar. And as Gtrjunior said: the first thing you do should be to check the tuning. I even check them before putting the away. That way I can monitor if anything happens to them during the night...
    My band rehearses at my house in the basement but I generally keep my guitars upstairs on the main floor of the house (I have a little computer/guitar room).
    My guitar is always out of tune when I first go downstairs for rehearsal. It’s just the change in environment even though the basement is heated/air conditioned)
    Once it’s gets acclimated it holds tune.

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  • nexion218
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    Well if the strings are worn, I wouldn't expect them to be perfectly in tune and don't even dream of proper intonation.

    Also, I noticed that most probably due to the 10-15 celsius difference between my body/hand temperature and the room temperature, when I pick up my guitars, they are a few cents sharp. I play them for a few minutes and they are perfectly in tune, the way I put them away after the previous session. So your problem might be similar. And as Gtrjunior said: the first thing you do should be to check the tuning. I even check them before putting the away. That way I can monitor if anything happens to them during the night...

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  • Gtrjunior
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    Originally posted by GuitarStv View Post

    I have two guitars with Floyd Roses . . . they're in tune every time I pick them up. :P
    Smart ass
    Lol

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  • JB_From_Hell
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    Originally posted by Gtrjunior View Post
    If you are expecting your guitar to always be in tune every time you pick it up I think that’s an unrealistic expectation.
    The very first thing I do when I pick up my guitars is to give the tuning a quick check/tweak.
    I like when Craigslist for sale ads say things like “Needs tuned.”

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  • GuitarStv
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    Originally posted by Gtrjunior View Post
    If you are expecting your guitar to always be in tune every time you pick it up I think that’s an unrealistic expectation.
    The very first thing I do when I pick up my guitars is to give the tuning a quick check/tweak.
    I have two guitars with Floyd Roses . . . they're in tune every time I pick them up. :P

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  • Gtrjunior
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    If you are expecting your guitar to always be in tune every time you pick it up I think that’s an unrealistic expectation.
    The very first thing I do when I pick up my guitars is to give the tuning a quick check/tweak.

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  • DarthTangYang
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    Originally posted by Spirit of 76 View Post
    My Epi LP seems to always be slightly out of tune most every time I pick it up...my LED tuner always shows it just a bit low on the Low E, A & G in particular; it's a little annoying.

    Would changing the nut out from the stock one fix that?

    If so, any suggestions on a good replacement brand?

    Or if it's not the nut, can anyone give suggestions to fix this?
    Les Pauls and any guitar with a similar headstock where you have 3 tuners on each side in a row or even having a slight fanned out pattern tend to have problems with tuning. Especially the G and D, but even the B might be problematic. The reason for this is the way the strings have to splay out to their tuner pegs after passing through the nut slots. This sharp angle creates a situation where the strings tend to bind in the nut and thus tend to both be harder to tune as well as tend to go out of tune easier. This is a notorious problem with Les Pauls due to the design of the headstock. The most common "fix" is to file a new nut where the individual slot for each string are angled the same as the angle of the strings, but personally I don't think this a satisfying solution since the point where the string takes a turn in its angle towards the tuner peg has only been moved to the front side of the nut instead of its back.

    So, what is the solution? Well, there is a product that solves this problem beautifully and it's called the String Butler. It allows the strings to pass straight through the nut and then splay out to their tuners, by going against rollers that the strings cannot bind into.

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    I would also suggest exchanging the nut itself for a ZeroGlide, which in my opinion is a much better design for the function of a nut than a traditional nut, no matter what guitar you have. It will allow open notes to sound the same as fretted notes and remove any way for the strings to bind.

    You obviously still have to intonate your guitar properly like stated in previous reply but the String Butler will definitely eliminate a problem that most if not all Les Pauls suffer from. My bet is yours does too.

    I'm a Les Paul guy myself and I installed both a String Butler and ZeroGlide on my Epiphone and all the tuning problems I had went away. The headstock on the Les Paul looks great, better than any headstock in my opinion, but it is inherently flawed in its design and calls for some clever solutions in order to work properly. The String Butler is that clever solution.





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  • eclecticsynergy
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    Originally posted by Spirit of 76 View Post
    My strings are getting old (probably time to change them anyway)...
    Old strings absolutely can cause tuning issues, especially if any crud has accumulated on them. Strings are likely to last longer if you take a second to wipe them after playing. If your hands sweat when you play, using fast-fret or a little WD40 on a rag to coat them will help them stay fresh longer.
    Originally posted by Spirit of 76 View Post
    Once I tune it, it stays in tune. After playing I always put it back in the hard shell case so nothing can bang into it, which it seems a little weird to always be the same "out of tune" every time I go to play.
    Many guitars will drift a bit when sitting in their cases. Sometimes in an LP style hardshell, the slight downward pressure that holds the guitar in place when the lid closes is enough to do that.

    If it plays in tune and it stays in tune while you play, I wouldn't worry about it myself.

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  • ehdwuld
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    ok yall are reading something I am missing

    what i read is that

    it plays fine
    when he gets it out of the case its a bit flat

    it may be the neck resting on the high support in the case

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  • GuitarStv
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    Lots of stuff can make the guitar out of tune:
    - string binding at nut (will often go out of tune when you do heavy bends)
    - bad intonation (will sound out of tune when you're playing chords)
    - worn frets (they wear down and then will sound out of tune when you play certain notes)
    - nut too high (will make especially open fretted chords sound bad)
    etc.

    I think you should take it to a guitar tech for a setup first.

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  • ICTGoober
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    Have you ever had the guitar set up by a competent and experienced luthier?

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