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Old November 10th, 2008, 07:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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SG Tuning Issues

I'm having a lot of trouble keeping my SG in tune. Any suggestions?

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Old November 10th, 2008, 10:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I could never keep an SG in tune.
Not enough stability in the neck/body joint and I tend to be physical.
In general, though, it's the same as any other guitar.
Never tune down to a note, always go flat and tune up; and make sure your nut is cut properly and the slots are smooth.
Any time you hear a string jump or "clink" when you're tuning, the nut needs work and that string probably won't stay in tune.
You can also lube the nut.
My favorite home remedies are pencil lead in the slots of the wound strings and chapstick in the plain strings.
If you want to get real fancy, you can shave some pencil lead into some vaseline, mix it up and put it on with a toothpick.
Make some extra. A bottle cap full could last years.
Temperature changes make a big difference.
If you keep it in the basement and play it in the living room with the wood stove cranked....
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Old November 10th, 2008, 10:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh, yeah...and forget the tuners.
Better tuners might work slicker, but tuners can't slip or anything, so they're almost never responsible for tuning problems.
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Old July 9th, 2009, 06:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I put .011's and locking Sperzels on my Gibsons, and the tuning became quite solid. Locking tuners mean less string to stretch, so even on non-trem guitars they help.
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Old July 9th, 2009, 08:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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have you try wrap the string around the post to it will lock?
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Old July 10th, 2009, 08:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I had an SG in the late 70's that would not stay in tune for a minute! I think the major problem was the Vibrola tremolo that was on there, it was big and in the way all the time as well...it was just like this SG-

I recently bought a used Epiphone G-400 SG and I have no isssues at all with it's tuning-it stays in tune just fine, it's totally basic with no frills at all-and it's lately become my favorite!
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Old July 12th, 2009, 01:17 AM   #7 (permalink)
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alot of the time the nut being miscut is the culprit. and as Tony said, that trem handle can be a source, too. also, wrapping the string around itself will help hold it. just eliminate one cause at a time untill you find it. just some thoughts.
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Old July 14th, 2009, 02:43 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I could never keep an SG in tune.
Not enough stability in the neck/body joint and I tend to be physical.
In general, though, it's the same as any other guitar.
Never tune down to a note, always go flat and tune up; and make sure your nut is cut properly and the slots are smooth.
Any time you hear a string jump or "clink" when you're tuning, the nut needs work and that string probably won't stay in tune.
You can also lube the nut.
My favorite home remedies are pencil lead in the slots of the wound strings and chapstick in the plain strings.
If you want to get real fancy, you can shave some pencil lead into some vaseline, mix it up and put it on with a toothpick.
Make some extra. A bottle cap full could last years.
Temperature changes make a big difference.
If you keep it in the basement and play it in the living room with the wood stove cranked....
That sounds like a good formula you've got to keep those nut slots lubed up Charlie, I need to give it a try on my Strats with the Fender trem bar. I've tried pencil lead but the vaseline would sure keep it in place better...
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