Tuning machines are too sensitive and change the pitch too much. What should I do?

Asked by: Ashley Bell

How do I fix my tuning machine?

So to address this I first loosen the string or to take it right off. And see the play in the gear. I'm just gonna tighten it with a little flathead screwdriver. Until it's just snug.

Do tuning machines affect tone?

Guitar tuners will effectively not affect the tone of your instrument in a perceptible way. However, they will change the mass of the guitar’s headstock which may lead to a change in resonance and response to certain frequencies that might ultimately modify your sound in a very slight manner.

Why is my tuning pegs so tight?

The most likely cause of a stuck guitar peg is high humidity. You’ll have left your guitar unprotected from changes in humidity levels so as the amount of moisture in the air increased, the guitar absorbed more of it into the wood. That caused the wood to swell, gripping the tuning pegs tighter than usual.

Why does my electric guitar go out of tune so easily?

The Strings are Old

One of the biggest reasons why a guitar goes out of tune quickly, is because the strings are old. As strings get old and worn, they become less tense. You already know that the tension of the string is the ultimate factor which decides if the string is in tune or not.

How tight should machine heads be?

As long as there is a screw or something keeping them from rotating, I would go with “snug.” If you over tighten them, it’s possible to strip the threads, not common but possible. If you mean the tuning keys, they should turn freely, but not be loose.

Why does my guitar click when tuning?

If you ever hear clicking and pinging sounds as you crank the tuning peg, chances are there is a burr or some foreign material in the slot that prohibits the string from moving smoothly. You can remedy this issue by lightly running an appropriately sized file through the slot.

Do locking tuners hold tune better?

Pro: Locking tuners provide greater tuning stability.

Standard, non-locking machine heads require a string to be wrapped around a post several times. But, as the grooves on wound strings are the only mechanism to prevent the string from slipping, your guitar still falls out of tune.

Do locking tuners affect tone?

However, locking tuners does not have any effect on the tone. If the player feels different and can notice the change in weight, then their playstyle might change as well. The difference in tone will then be from a change in technique. But locking tuners just keep the strings in place and have no impact on the tone.

Do tuning pegs make a difference?

There is a difference between the el-cheapo tuning pegs on a cheap guitar and those on a quality built guitar. Replacing them will very likely make a noticeable difference. They tend to be smoother and hold tension a bit more securely. The internal tolerances and overall quality of the parts make that difference.

Why does my guitar sound bad even when tuned?

If your frets are worn, notes played on those frets will be out of tune. Sometimes frets pop up a bit throwing notes out of pitch at those frets. If you’re noticing notes out of tune throughout the neck it might be time to either have the frets dressed (leveled) or after excessive use, replaced.

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.

Should every note on a guitar be in tune?

It is impossible to place the frets on the guitar so that all notes on the instrument will be perfectly in tune in every key — simply impossible, because of the way tuning works. There are two basic types of tuning in western music: Pythagorean and tempered.

How tight should a locking tuner be?

Go snug….but don’t tighten it like a tire lug nut…. only go tad bit past snug.

Why do my guitar strings feel so 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 do you fix a stiff guitar tuner?

So they can interchange them with different different ends different tutor ends. Whatever you want to call them Tom. This when you loosen them you feel this kind of knocks unis is easy to turn it.

How do I make my tuning pegs smoother?

But the trick is don't push the peg in or out don't do anything just loosen the peg. You know that just a little bit. So you loosen that peg let's say I'll go a quarter.

How do you lubricate a tuning machine?

For a job like this what I'll suggest is doing a petroleum jelly it's great for any kind of mechanical lubrication as well as helping with any kind of rash or baby might have.

Should guitar tuners be lubricated?

To note, you should not have to lubricate the tuner gear. But if you feel you have to, there are pretty much only two instances where it might be necessary. Scenario 1: On a brand new gear that hasn’t been broken in yet (and the vast majority of the time, you should not have to lubricate a new gear.)

What can I use to oil my guitar tuner?

It's warm not hot. And what I'm gonna do is squirt some naphtha in there you could use lighter fluid and rinse out the dried.