My guitar strings go loose when I tighten them?

Asked by: Stacie Robinson

Try loosening the string until there is no tension on the tuner and then gently tightening the screw at the gear on the peg that is slipping. You may have to wiggle or pull in the post towards the gear to get it to seat. If the screw does move, continue to tighten it until it seats and then add a little more tightness.

Why do my guitar strings get loose?

The main reason electrics have strings that feel “looser” is because the action is significantly lower. The action on a guitar is the space between the fretboard and the strings. The high action on an acoustic is what gives it its characteristically tight strings.

How can I make my string tension tighter?

A very thin thread tight. And then trying to do the same thing with a very thick rope you would have to apply a lot more force to the thick rope to get it to pull as tight as the thin thread.

What happens if you tighten a guitar string too much?

Warning: Strings can break!

Because it is under so much tension, the string can cause a lot of damage — a string snapping under high tension can easily cut your finger, or if you are unlucky, damage an eye! The bottom line is: DON’T over-tighten strings, if in any doubt, tune DOWN!

Should guitar strings feel loose?

Your guitar strings should feel taut, but not floppy, buzz, or flap against the fretboard. If this is the case, and it is tuned correctly, you might need a setup. If, however, you have just put the strings on, there is a good chance that they are simply stretching. This process will take a little while with some sets.

Why do my guitar strings keep Untuning?

Heat and especially humidity affect the wood of an instrument, causing it to shrink or expand, so the strings go out of tune. This is particularly noticeable on a mandolin, but it happens on [acoustic] guitars too.

How do I get more tension on my guitar strings?

If you want to increase the height of your strings at the nut (which would increase string tension), you can add a shim underneath the existing nut or buy a new nut with a higher profile.

How tight should a guitar string be?

Your guitar strings should be tight enough to play the right note in the correct octave. You can find the correct octave and note various ways, including tuners, pianos, and tuning forks.

Do guitar strings get tighter?

The strings warm up when you play them. They EXPAND (get longer — less tension) as they warm up. ALL STRINGS GO SLIGHTLY FLAT. THEN YOU TUNE THEM.

Do guitar strings get loose over time?

Performing guitarists that play shows every week will likely need to change every 1-2 weeks. While touring musicians who perform daily will need to change strings after every concert. Strings continue to stretch after the “settling” period. However, at some point, the strings can stretch no longer and lose elasticity.

Why won’t my guitar strings stay in tune?

The best thing you can do is just ensure that you're keeping fresh strings on your guitar that depends how much you play and how well you take care of them.

Why do my strings go out of tune so quickly?

The main causes of guitars going out of tune are the strings not being stretched properly, low quality or old strings, the climate where you play, or parts like capos, tuning pegs or nuts messing with the tuning.

How long does it take for guitar strings to settle?

Electric guitar strings take the least time. Depending on usage, they roughly take 1-2 hours of constant playing to break in and settle allowing them to stabilize and stay in tune. Depending on usage, it may take 3-7 days to lose the ‘bright’ and ‘tinny’ sound associated with new strings.

Should I tune my guitar everyday?

The longer you take between sessions, the more likely it is that you’ll have to break out your tuner upon returning to the instrument. At the end of the day, just as a general rule, you should tune your guitar every time you play. No matter how trained your ear is, a tuner will help your sound immensely.

Are new guitar strings easier?

Strings start to sound dull, become difficult to play, and are prone to breakage. A fresh set of strings will remedy this. New strings have a brighter tone. They stay in tune better and are easier on the fingers.

Do you have to break in new guitar strings?

New guitar strings need to be broken in so that they can stay in tune and produce their best tone. The time it takes to break in guitar strings varies by string type, however the process is relatively short and can be accelerated by properly stretching the string and playing the guitar.

How do you tighten guitar strings without breaking them?

When you just install the string or you're tuning your guitar sometimes. You have a problem with the breaking the first three strings or one or two or third string.

How long should a guitar stay in tune?

How long should a guitar stay in tune? A guitar should stay in tune for 2-5 days, provided the instrument is set up correctly and of a decent standard.