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Old March 16th, 2017, 09:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Intonation

Hi guys. I'm having trouble with intonation. Fretted chords at around the 8th and 9th fret and so on, the d string seems to be going really sharp. The only problem is the saddle is all the way back towards the tail piece already, I can't bring it any further back, and it's still going sharp on the higher frets. I'm at a loss guys, any help would be appreciated

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Old March 17th, 2017, 06:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Is the saddle turned round so that the "point" is towards the back? That will give you a little more room to maneouvre. Also, silly question, but I assume you have new strings on it?
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Old March 17th, 2017, 07:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes sir new strings, as of yesterday, and I don't think the strings are to blame either, I know that happens sometimes, but it was a little off before I changed the strings as well. I'm not sure about the saddle. It's not normal for one saddle to be all the way back towards the tail piece is it? It looks funny
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Old March 17th, 2017, 09:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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To intonate you tune the guitar to pitch. For each string you compare the open note to the fretted octave at the 12th fret. If the fretted note is flat, shortening the length of the string below the 12th fret by moving the saddle towards the nut and retest until the notes are in tune. And do the opposite for sharp notes. Don't use the harmonic at the 12th fret.

I have had problems with Gibsons, I think, due to the poor cut of the nut. The guitar in question is a Les Paul 60's Tribute. Those large corian nuts dwarf the size of the nuts on my other guitars and the slots bind the strings. And when you think you got it right, it might be poorly intonated. So the nut slots may need filing.

Also floating the tremelo may throw off intonation if you loosen the claw on a Stratocaster, to float the tremelo, like I did. The elevation of the bridge, made me move the bridge saddles to the low end of the guitar body, to properly intonate.
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Old March 21st, 2017, 11:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I have an update...got the guitar properly set up and it intonates properly now, and the saddles look normal, they aren't all the way back towards the tail piece. Something must have been out of whack because it's good now. Thanks for the reply lies guys!
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Old March 22nd, 2017, 08:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Alright, that's good news! Now just play the heck out of that guitar!
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