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Jun 10, 2019 - 5:41:09 AM
21 posts since 9/14/2011

Can anybody tell me why my g string keeps going sharp,to the point that it sounds totally out of tune,but when I have it slightly flat it stays flat.

Jun 10, 2019 - 6:34:47 AM
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3786 posts since 9/21/2009

It' is probably either the nut or bridge slots pinching the string.

Jun 10, 2019 - 7:06:13 AM
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153 posts since 11/13/2018

If, when I'm tightening or loosening my strings, I get that common "Tink Tink Tink" sound, I take it as the strings trying to hang up in the bridge and nut slots. I use the smallest mechanical pencil I can find, a .5 or .3mm I think, and put some graphite in the slots. Scraping some graphite dust off a regular #2 and filling the slots works too.

Jun 10, 2019 - 10:18:02 PM

21 posts since 9/14/2011

Cheers lads,
Will give it try and will post results

Jun 10, 2019 - 11:47:01 PM
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434 posts since 7/4/2017

I think there might be some sort of laws of physics that always send the 3rd string out. That is the string that always drifts out of tune on my banjo. It is also the string that used to drift out on my Les Paul guitar, and it was renowned for doing so on those.

When I tune now I always tune all the strings just flat, then tweak up the 3rd string first prior to tuning in the other strings. That seems to keep me in tune longest.

Jun 13, 2019 - 7:32:23 AM

302 posts since 12/14/2008

Change your strings. My strings always won’t stay in tune when the need changing

Jun 13, 2019 - 7:48:15 AM

69700 posts since 5/9/2007

Always raise the note to the finished tuning.

If the notch is squeking/chirping widen the notch a couple of thousandths.The StewMac slotting saws do this perfectly.

Edited by - steve davis on 06/13/2019 07:50:34

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