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  • #16
    ...You realize you didn't complete your thread title?


    That is referred to as setting the hook.

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    • #17
      OP, as you can see this is a phenomenon that is to be expected. If it bothers you that much, give up on life and become a drummer.
      There can never be a perfect plan. What's perfect for one human bean ain't perfect for the next one. Cuz he's a lentil.

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      • #18
        I still don't understand the physics... but it happens. Flat I get, sharp makes no sense to me. But quite common.
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        • #19
          This is the correct answer. It's simple physics. The wood on your guitar has more mass and only contracts a small amount while the strings contract more. That means the guitar SHOULD be sharp. If it isn't you may have tuners slipping, sloppy string winding or something else physically wrong with the guitar. When you find a guitar that's sharp, but still in tune with itself when pulled out of the case, keep that mutha!


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          That's the first simple, cogent explanation of this phenom that I've seen.
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          • #20
            I never believed those people who say that their guitar always stay in tune. Metal expands and contracts depending on the temperature, that's how thermostats used to work.


            Some of us have FR/Edge equipped guitars. Or Steinbergers. Those stay in tune for a very long time.
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            • #21
              It's temperature and humidity change that does it. I tried to tune my friends guitar in front of his fireplace once. I'll only do it once and never again. It was untuneable until I moved into the other room.
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              • #22
                Well, the first thing you have to do is find and capture the tuning gremlins that are probably living in your case, or perhaps even in your guitar. They like to hide in the cracks and crevices... inside folded paper, guitar string packs, etc. They are pretty hard to see with the naked eye. Your best bet is to trap them. You do this by putting sticky double-sided tape on your tuning buttons. Leave it overnight, and the next morning put on a pair of leather gloves and tightly squeeze each tuning button... hopefully you will kill them. Do this a couple times and that should take care of your tuning problem. You can also spray your guitar down with bug killer (that's what tuning gremlins really are... just little annoying bugs). If you do this, you should test it first in an area like under the pickguard to make sure it won't harm your finish. Poly is usually OK,... I don't recommend using it on nitro.

                ...or you can do what everyone else is suggesting... just tune your guitar each time. Your choice.

                Good luck!



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                • #23
                  always sharp for me too...great, thought also there was something wrong...

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                  • #24
                    GDan I apologize for my smartass reply...custometele is right, sharp is good.
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                    • #25
                      I still don't understand the physics... but it happens. Flat I get, sharp makes no sense to me. But quite common.

                      This may help. I'm an airplane mech. Take a small airplane like, say, a Cessna 150 with aluminum construction and steel flight control cables. As you go up in altitude the temperatures drop considerably. That means the flight control cables will get tighter right? Wrong. Aluminum expands and contracts more with temp changes than steel. So these cables actually become looser. The airplane has contracted more than the cables meaning less distance between the points contacting the cables.
                      The wood in a guitar has way more mass than them skinny little strings. So they will contract more than that big guitar. So the exact opposite happens. A guitar warms up by coming in contact with your body. So this process reverses itself as you play.
                      There can never be a perfect plan. What's perfect for one human bean ain't perfect for the next one. Cuz he's a lentil.

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                      • #26
                        This may help. I'm an airplane mech. Take a small airplane like, say, a Cessna 150 with aluminum construction and steel flight control cables. As you go up in altitude the temperatures drop considerably. That means the flight control cables will get tighter right? Wrong. Aluminum expands and contracts more with temp changes than steel. So these cables actually become looser. The airplane has contracted more than the cables meaning less distance between the points contacting the cables.
                        The wood in a guitar has way more mass than them skinny little strings. So they will contract more than that big guitar. So the exact opposite happens. A guitar warms up by coming in contact with your body. So this process reverses itself as you play.


                        An excellent illustration!
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                        • #27
                          Humidity and temperature changes will do this.
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