Guitar of yours that stays in tune the best (ever)?



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Guitar of yours that stays in tune the best (ever)?

Postby CBA » Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:06 pm

Hi hi.

Yap... obviously the SOUND of the guitar is the most important characteristic. Well, wait, ok, the LOOK of the guitar is the most important, but then like after that SOUND for sure. :p

BUT... a close second to the SOUND (and the omnipresent LOOK) of the guitar is its ability to stay in tune. Most of my guitars have been pretty tolerable with tunage, but some results are surprising. For instance... my Squier J Mascis Jazz stays in tune waaaay better than my Gibson Les Paul Faded Special. And my Casino's dependability with tuning was intermittent.

And I'm not much of a solo/stringbendy kind of guy. Almost always a rhythm player... so guitars going out of tune is especially annoying when it occurs after some modest chording.


Sooooooooooooo out of all the guitars you've ever had (whether or not you still have them), which one stayed in tune the best? What guitar setups (bridge, pegs, etc.) do you find lend themselves to better tuning consistency?




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Re: Guitar of yours that stays in tune the best (ever)?

Postby skullservant » Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:11 pm

My blacktop Jaguar stays in tune really well. I guess it doesn't help that I drop it accidentally at least once a week, but other than that it holds tunings well.

I also had a Dean Vendetta that was my first guitar, it could hold ANY tuning until you tweaked it. It was awesome.

I'm a bit nervous about guitars without locking tuners, I guess because my '00 Squier Strat's tuners sucked so hard. I'm glad to hear the Mascis stays in tune, I'm hoping the new Jazzy stays in tune as well. I might be abusing that trem arm..... :D
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Re: Guitar of yours that stays in tune the best (ever)?

Postby Dr. Sherman Sticks M.D. » Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:20 pm

i have one of those newer rebranded hagstroms. it stays in tune like a BAWWWWWWSSSS.

my ukulele, stays in tune NOT LIKE A BAWWWSSSS
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Re: Guitar of yours that stays in tune the best (ever)?

Postby WeHuntKings » Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:24 pm

my strat hates to be in any iteration of standard. the top 3 strings don't get along so well...but when i pop it into dadgad it's fine.
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Re: Guitar of yours that stays in tune the best (ever)?

Postby sylnau » Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:19 pm

PRS CE-22, never goes out of tune.
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Re: Guitar of yours that stays in tune the best (ever)?

Postby Achtane » Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:25 pm

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Sanshin is almost always tuned to where you left it. It'll drift a bit eventually, but by a small amount. Maybe because the strings aren't generating a ton of tension, I dunno. Maybe I got lucky :idk:
The annoying thing about the Kawai staying in tune so well is that the string height and weird rectangular frets make it difficult to play. I don't have the wrench required to adjust the truss rod.
Bass-wise, I only have to retune the SBV-500 once a month or something. I think basses are generally less prone to going out of tune. By the way, those Fender bridges where the saddles have screw-type grooves on them ROCK.
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Re: Guitar of yours that stays in tune the best (ever)?

Postby GardenoftheDead » Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:29 pm

Probably my Telecaster. My Japanese Strat is a close second now that it has five vibrato springs and is set up for really heavy strings.
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Re: Guitar of yours that stays in tune the best (ever)?

Postby madmax1012 » Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:40 pm

American Standard Strat stays in tune great, but my Taylor 210 acoustic wins. I sometimes leave it in it's case for a month, only to pick it up and find it's still in tune
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Re: Guitar of yours that stays in tune the best (ever)?

Postby brian m » Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:52 pm

I have a mexican tele that stays in tune really well for a cheap guitar.

My axis super sport probably does better than any though. I often go weeks without tuning it.
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Re: Guitar of yours that stays in tune the best (ever)?

Postby devnulljp » Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:44 pm

My 335 never goes out of tune.
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Re: Guitar of yours that stays in tune the best (ever)?

Postby Jeff-7 » Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:03 pm

SG doesn't need retuned much at all after the strings are stretched. I don't think I've had to tune my '64 LG1 outside of string changes. Hand carved rosewood bridge, ebony pins. Whatever nut they used way back then, guessing Corian but who knows - stock Gibson deluxe tuners.
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Re: Guitar of yours that stays in tune the best (ever)?

Postby Chankgeez » Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:21 pm

As usual, this is one of those threads that I don't understand.
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Re: Guitar of yours that stays in tune the best (ever)?

Postby Jeff-7 » Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:50 pm

:idk:
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Re: Guitar of yours that stays in tune the best (ever)?

Postby Gearmond » Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:14 pm

this appears to be a thread that isn't for bassists
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Re: Guitar of yours that stays in tune the best (ever)?

Postby Chankgeez » Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:15 pm

Jeff-7 wrote: :idk:


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