unclej Posted December 20, 2006 Report Share Posted December 20, 2006 one of my repeat customers brought me an american strat last week. he was asking about new tuners for it. he thought it wasn't staying in tune and that the tuners were at fault. after further questioning it turns out that what was really happening was that after he tuned it he thought that a few strings were sounding sharp when he played simple chords. i got him to leave it with me and this is what i've done so far: i added a fourth spring and set the floating trem properly. i lowered the nut slots just a bit and lubed them. i set the neck relief, saddle height and intonation. with all that done i checked with a tuner and the only way that i could get any of the strings to go sharp was to press really hard while chording. it has pretty tall frets so there was enough travel for that to happen. ok..he came back in..i explained everything that i had done and told him that if that didn't fix it to let me know. he came in today and told me that it was still doing it. after asking a few more questions i realized that he hadn't really explained the problem properly the first time. when he tunes the guitar with his eight year old boss tuner and gets it perfectly in tune it sounds sharp to him. when he tunes it by ear..he says he's pitch perfect...then puts it on his tuner it shows up as flat. (i think i got that right) the G and B strings seem to be the biggest culprits. i told him that if he had a new battery in it then there were only two things that i could think of that could be wrong..his tuner had degraded over the years or his ears had. am i right? have i missed something? anything else that could be causing this problem? he's bringing it back in tomorrow with his tuner to check it against my tuner but if i get the same results i'd like to look real smart and have an alternative. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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