February 2nd, 2005, 07:29 PM
i'm having a problem with the g-string on my tele.
it sounds fine when tuned to standard e, but when in Eb (my band uses this tuning for all of our songs) it just never seems right, and always out of tune.
What is the problem?
i have the 3 saddle bridge if it's any help.
February 2nd, 2005, 08:22 PM
Have you checked the intonation? Do you have to play open string Eb? Tune to E and play Eb at 7th fret.
February 3rd, 2005, 05:31 AM
Do you have to play open string Eb? Tune to E and play Eb at 7th fret.
Methinks that he means to say that he tunes down a semi-tone.
But indeed, jwells has the best idea - check your intonation ....
February 3rd, 2005, 05:41 AM
An unwound G-string will always be a bit out of tune as it's too loose tuned to G (it's like an extra fat B-string). If you're tuning it even looser, you have even more of a problem like this.
February 3rd, 2005, 12:56 PM
My tele had the same problem, and I took it in and the techs said the nut was not filed correctly. They re-did the nut and voila! Problem gone. I also have tried an Earvana compensated nut that made a similar problem dissapear on a different guitar. Unless you're a whiz with fixing, take it in.
I see a lot of funky G strings now when I go try out stuff in the store, esp. new stuff. The G string is a weird one, probably the most "prone" string to sound funky on a guitar IMO.
February 3rd, 2005, 01:03 PM
Cool article weelie.
The long stretch of the g string from nut to tuner sets up a less than optimal break angle. As agent2x4 mentioned adjusting the backside angle of the nut can help. With the drop tuning you might also try a second string tree ala Stratocaster.
February 3rd, 2005, 08:58 PM
G strings never stay in tune good enough for my liking. Heavy bending and a piss poor attitude probably don't help. :lol: If you de-tune though, you may want to consider a heavier gauge string to reduce the flap.
February 4th, 2005, 05:04 AM
it's good to know i'm not the only one with g string troubles.
once i get some cash i'm going to take it in and get a graphtec nut put on. and get a decent set up.
as for heavier strings, i bumped up to 10's when i bought it.
it's just weird that it sounds intune when tuned to E, but in Eb, the g string is the only one giving me problems
February 4th, 2005, 09:19 AM
all this loose G string talk is about guitars.
February 4th, 2005, 04:22 PM