How long does your Tele stay in tune???

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  1. Flaneur

    Flaneur Poster Extraordinaire

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    I don't like the look of lockers (or gold hardware, as it happens) but these work. Near enough tune up and forget, at three hour gigs, with lots of heavy rhythm playing and deep bends. Pre-stretching the strings is mandatory, of course, as is a good setup.

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    I changed strings yesterday and played for an hour or so. I picked up my guitar tonight and it’s still pretty much in tune.
     
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    The main reason my butterscotch CV is my number 1 is that it refuses to go out of tune, even at hot and balmy outdoor Texas shows, after being inside all the time. And that's despite lots of bends.

    Teles staying in tune so well is a good argument by itself that they are the finest guitars ever designed.
     
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  6. MrGibbly

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    This. My Tele needs to be tuned when (a) it gets new strings or, (b) the seasons change. The others? Pretty much every time I pick them up...
     
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    In my youth I used to change strings on my main guitars every two weeks.

    Now it's whenever I change a guitar part that strings are in the way of the work. Although often I just put capo on and remove the neck.
     
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    Picked up my Tele today for the first time in about six weeks. Had to tweak the b string a minute amount and it was good to go.
     
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    It was mentioned earlier but there's "in tune with itself" and then there's "in tune in tune".

    Whenever I pick up a guitar I check if it's in tune with itself and correct if needed.

    As it turns out the guitar in my first was full on in tune. Possibly still is. Left it at the jam spot.
     
  10. VWAmTele

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    I play mine every night and it never goes out of tune. Only exception was when I used Curt Mangan strings. Couldn't keep them in tune - worst strings I've ever used. After so much internet hype I was disappointed.
     
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    That has always been one of the things a Tele is known for.
     
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    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    My Martins are amazing. They will stay in tune for ... ever it seems. I pulled out the OM-28V the other day, after at least 18 months of ignoring it, and it didn't need tuning. Crazy. And this seems to be the norm with the D18GE, too.

    My Teles... I know it's fun to say this stuff, but alas I cannot. My Teles stay in tune as I'd expect of any non-trem electric. Fine, but I tune them every time I play. Play out of tune for a minute, then with warm strings, let the Strobe Classic tell me what to adjust.
     
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    My 2 Teles don't stay in tune any better or worse than any of my other guitars. All of my guitars hold their tuning well. Acoustics and hollow bodies are more affected by humidity and temperature than solid and semi-hollow guitars.

    I put locking tuners on the Teles, but not to improve how well they stay in tune. The upgrade was mostly because I wanted a higher gear ratio (18:1) to make it easier to precisely tune the guitars. The other advantage is string changes are easier and faster. But my guitars with traditional tuners stay in tune just as well. As others have said, stretching the strings and properly locking (tying) is important.
     
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    I find that when it goes out of tune, usually sharp, all the strings go together so that it actually sounds in tune.
     
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    Seems like a lot of almost, seems like it still, never goes out of tune. Well...is everybody In Tune?
     
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    Ya beat me to it! ;);):lol:
     
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    I also love my Tele for its tuning stability
     
  18. unixfish

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    Weather and humidity changes push tuning out. I have no idea how anyone is not tuning at least daily. Mine is usually close enough to bang out a few riffs whenever I pick it up, but not truly "in tune".
     
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    My US Jerry Donahue just never goes out of tune... it’s scary. That’s the only guitar I‘ve had that has that level of stability. A blessing.
     
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    Every day. I’ve pretty much got divots in the frets and their the most durable Warmoth puts into their necks. Figure I’m putting 2000+ hours on those strings
     
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