Odd de-tuning while tuning my guitar?

Asked by: Helen Bias

Why is my tuner saying the wrong note?

The most obvious reason is that your 2nd string is actually tuned to G. That needs putting right. When your tuner is showing B for that string, then the other notes you play when fretting will show correctly on your tuner – assuming it’s capable of showing all notes and not just the 6 open guitar strings.

Does alternate tunings damage guitar?

While alternate tunings can shorten the life of your guitar strings, changing tunings is unlikely to damage your guitar. Most alternate tunings are actually lower in overall tension than standard tuning, so there’s no real risk of applying more tension than the guitar can handle.

Why does my guitar keep Untuning?

This could be due to a variety of things, including: strings needing to be stretched, or seated firmly in the various areas that they are in physical contact with. components on the guitar itself needing to become firmly seated (loose neck bolts, bridge, tuners, nut, etc.) quality of the instrument.

Why does one of my guitar strings keep going out of tune?

Each string moves through a slot in the nut at the top of the fretboard, and if they’re not moving through that slot smoothly, the result is tension on one side or the other. If the strings don’t sit in those grooves along the nut’s front edge as they move down the fretboard, you’ll be out of tune throughout the neck.

How do I fix my guitar out of tune?

And if you do start getting it out to two by pushing up just compensate again by pulling down a little bit. And eventually you're the other side and eventually hit the perfect spot in the middle.

Can a guitar be perfectly in tune?

Guitars don’t play perfectly in tune! They are only relatively in tune. They are in what is called a “tempered” tuning. Even on a perfectly maintained instrument, if you tune it so that the G# in the first position E chord is sweetly in tune, the open G in your first position C chord will be flat.

Should I detune my guitar after playing?

The Short Answer:

Keep your guitar tuned up to pitch, especially if you play it regularly. There’s really no reason to detune a guitar that you play regularly and, in fact, it would be pretty inconvenient if you had to completely retune it every time you wanted to pick it up and play.

How much can you detune a guitar?

Theoretically you can down tune a guitar as low as or in fact lower than a bass, but you’d need very thick strings and extra long scale length to do it and it wouldn’t sound very good. Generally my rule is use a 7-string or baritone guitar,[…]

Does changing tuning affect intonation?

No. Intonation is defined by the physical positions of the nut, frets and saddle. Since chaging tunings involves only the tension of the strings, you’ll be just fine.

Why won’t my new guitar strings stay in tune?

If your guitar doesn’t stay in tune, always look for loose parts at the bridge, neck joint( if it’s a bolt-on neck), and especially the tuners. Anytime you do a setup or change strings is a great time to give the guitar a once-over and check for any loose parts.

Why does my guitar keep going flat?

The fix is to lower the bridge just a little (reduce the clearance between the back of the bridge casting and the guitar body). This lengthens the scale length so you can adjust the intonation properly. Just tighten the springs a little to reduce the float.

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.

How long should my guitar stay in tune?

How long should a guitar stay in tune? Generally, guitars will only stay in tune for a day or two on average after settling in. However, new strings will probably only stay in tune for a few minutes. There are various factors that affect a guitar’s tuning stability, so there’s not really a definitive answer to this.

Do new strings go out tune?

As a whole, new guitar strings do go out of tune quickly. This phenomenon can last somewhere between 1 to 2 weeks. This is because strings require to continuously be stretched out until they are fully stretched. To help accelerate the process you can manually pull and stretch the strings.

How do you know when your guitar is out of tune?

Example they're playing a lick that goes up the the fretboard. Like this and when they play each note they'll slightly bend the string therefore their guitar sounds out of tune.