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Tune Your Guitar

How Can I Tune my Guitar Properly? It’s Always Out.

Tuning your guitar is easy unless the intonation is off. Intonation which is defined as: “accuracy of pitch in playing a stringed instrument”.

1) First, tune your entire guitar to Concert pitch otherwise known as: A-440.
2) The 12th fret note should match the open string (or 12th harmonic.)
3) Check intonation with a good tuner and new battery. Is it correct? If not then, loosen the string a bit. If the 12th fret is flat, move the saddle towards the neck. If it is sharp, away from the neck. Make small adjustments.

Electric guitar in the Haywire Custom Guitars shop with adjustable string   saddles.
Electric guitar in the Haywire Custom Guitars shop with adjustable string saddles to adjust and tune


4) Tune the entire guitar to pitch.
5) Repeat all steps for all strings until the 12th fret matches the 12th harmonic (or open string) on every string. Remember, loosening the string a bit will help the adjustable saddle move freely. This should bring your guitar back to life and in tune with good intonation.

Still Have Issues?

Bring your guitar back from the dead with a well-deserved “8 Point tune up” from Haywire Custom Guitars!  This includes cleaning the electronics, the fret board, tightening any loose hardware, adding the proper washers to the input jack and tightening it to make sure it stays tight, re-stringing. Also included is adjusting the truss rod, cleaning, adjusting and lubricating nut slots and other friction points, setting string height, action and intonation!

Photo of Haywire Custom Guitars designed Nashville Telecaster guitar 3 pickup configuration
Photo of Haywire Custom Guitars designed Vanilla Nashville Telecaster guitar 3 pickup configuration

Adjusting and setting up your pickups properly.  See our whole process HERE.  Please feel free to inquire about how we can help you be a better player!

By | 2024-01-21T08:27:42-05:00 October 22nd, 2023|Guitar Education|0 Comments

About the Author:

Mr. Rick Mariner Owner and Founder and CEO of Haywire Custom Guitars Inc. He is a member of The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (A.S.I.A.) as well as a guitar player. Rick holds a bachelors degree from University of Md. and a Masters degree from George Washington University. Rick developed his exclusive 8 – Point “Gig- Ready” guitar process that allows for Custom Guitars that are “GIG-READY”. With Rick’s many years of development and guitar set-up experience, Haywire Guitar shop “Builds satisfied players… one Haywire guitar at a time”.

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