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Why Does My Guitar Always Go Out Of Tune?

Asked 2014-04-28T20:39:28.0Z by Ghost R1,526
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One of my guitars always goes out of tune, while others stay in tune really well... What could be causing this?


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Reply — Posted 2014-04-29T17:24:32.0Z
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Sounds like your guitar might need to be intonated. Try this: tune your open strings to a tuner, then check the tuning at the 12th fret. If the pitches at the 12th fret are out you need to adjust the intonation.  All guitarists should be able to do's a video on how to do it.


  • thanks, but no...I know about intonation, and it's more of a strings going out of tune on one particular guitar.Ghost R 2014-04-29T17:32:21.0Z
Reply — Posted 2014-04-29T17:51:22.0Z (edited 2014-05-05T13:10:56.0Z)
Jeff E13,506
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If the intonation is on, it could be one of these things:

Poor quality tuning machines could be slipping. Probably not the problem unless the guitar is total garbage.

Changes in temperature and or humidity. Some guitars necks are slightly more susceptible to changes than others.

Improperly cut nut. If the string slots in the nut are a bit tight, a string can bind in the slot. You will usually hear a "ping" when the string suddenly moves in the slot as you are tuning. A repairman can fix this in minutes. you can also add a bit of graphite to the nut to help the strings move smoothly. ( I use a pencil...just draw a bit in the slots)

String post slippage. Depending on how you attach your strings to the posts, they could be slipping there as you tune them. Here's a good video of how to properly change strings to avoid slipping:





Reply — Posted 2014-05-05T11:38:42.0Z
Keely P1

this happens all the time to me and it may be where you keep knocking the end of the guitar and the tuning pegs are moving slightly.


  • Yes, good one, especially if you are leaning your guitar against the wall or a table where the pegs are apt to be bumped.Jeff E 2014-05-05T13:13:45.0Z
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