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    I've decided that the one thing I want out of a new guitar (other than a pleasing tone) is one that stays in tune like a motherf#cker. I want to spend somewhere between $500 and $700 for this beast. A few friends have recommended the Gibson Faded SG Special and the PRS SE Singlecut as good candidates. Any thoughts on these?
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    I have no experience with the PRS stuff but I do have a faded SG and if I let it sit for a week after a jam session I can come back to it and it'll still be in tune.

    I think most modern non-whammy bar guitars should offer what you're looking for. It is mostly a matter of initially winding and stretching your strings correctly in my opinion. If you want some pointers on that I'd be glad to share what I do with you. I'm sure there are 100 other people on this forum that do it differently with the same success though. So, my way works but it isn't the only correct way...

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    • #3
      I own an SG faded, and it stays in tune quite nicely.
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      • #4
        les paul VM stay in tune very well

        http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-Les-Paul-Vintage-Mahogany-Electric-Guitar?sku=517536

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        • #5
          A friend of mine has a PRS SE and it is always in tune. It sounds like a beast too but that might be because of the EMG's...
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          • #6
            My Parker stays in tune without fail... even when in the case for a period of time across a change in climate.

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            • #7
              By far, the most important thing is properly winding the strings around the tuning posts. A guitar with cheap tuners and a poorly cut nut, if they strings are properly wound around the posts, will tend to stay in tune better than a guitar with top-notch tuners and a good nut which has the strings improperly wound around it's tuning forks.

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              • #8
                A guitar not staying in tune has one of two things...

                1 - Malfunctioning hardware.. Take it to a tech if you can't figure it out..

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                2 - an incompetent player..

                Sounds to me like you need to educate yourself a bit more on WHY it won't stay in tune rather than whipping out the checkbook for another guitar (that likely won't be any better than this one once you get ahold of it...) Not trying to be insulting, just honest and save you some wasted $$$...
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                • #9
                  I've never had that problem on any guitar.

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                  • #10
                    A guitar not staying in tune has one of two things...

                    1 - Malfunctioning hardware.. Take it to a tech if you can't figure it out..

                    or

                    2 - an incompetent player..

                    Sounds to me like you need to educate yourself a bit more on WHY it won't stay in tune rather than whipping out the checkbook for another guitar (that likely won't be any better than this one once you get ahold of it...) Not trying to be insulting, just honest and save you some wasted $$$...


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                    • #11
                      Something with the old Ibanez EDGE. Mine will not go out of tune no matter what I do, seriously.

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                      • #12
                        I've decided that the one thing I want out of a new guitar (other than a pleasing tone) is one that stays in tune like a motherf#cker. I want to spend somewhere between $500 and $700 for this beast. A few friends have recommended the Gibson Faded SG Special and the PRS SE Singlecut as good candidates. Any thoughts on these?





                        Something with a locking bridge and nut would be as rock solid as it gets (imo). I imagine A stop bar / fixed bridge system with locking tuners would be second best.

                        Of course if you have a heavy fret hand then a solid neck joint is a must if you do not want intonation hassles. For example I would not recommend SG types with a vintage neck joint if your that type of player.

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                        • #13
                          Just make sure the guitar is setup correctly. A good setup can make a huge difference in how long the guitar stays in tune.
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                          • #14
                            My Telecaster never goes out of tune, neither does my Les Paul...neither do any of my other guitars. Some of them may go out slightly if I literally bend a string like 2 steps for 5 minutes and yank it around, but other than they're fine
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                            • #15
                              I've decided that the one thing I want out of a new guitar (other than a pleasing tone) is one that stays in tune like a motherf#cker. I want to spend somewhere between $500 and $700 for this beast. A few friends have recommended the Gibson Faded SG Special and the PRS SE Singlecut as good candidates. Any thoughts on these?

                              First of all, what guitars do you have that won't stay in tune? If you have a well set up and correctly strung hard-tailed guitar, it should stay in tune very well. Obviously, changing weather conditions, handling, etc will change the tuning. But that has to do with materials and how they react. Nothing you can do about that. Anyway, does the PRS have the 1-piece bridge/tail? If so, you won't be able to dial in your intonation, which means it may not play in tune exactly all over the neck.
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