Tuning Guitars

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  1. Frogfur

    Frogfur Senior Member

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    I bet everyone on here has a different method. I employ a Peterson Strobe for reference when tuning. Myself, I tune a six string using my fingers, but always use a pick when i tune a bass instrument.

    The only time for some reason i cannot use a tuner is in drop tunings. When i drop my 6th string to D, or double drop D tunings, if i do it by ear it always sounds right.
    If i use the tuner and get them perefect, it never sounds right to me, and i end up doing it manually by ear, and it always sounds dead nuts.

    The Hofner bass can be tuned good just by ear listening on the body being hollow.
    Pretty accurate too. But tunes up nicely to the Peterson as well.

    How do you guys tune up tour rigs ?
     
  2. RichBrew

    RichBrew Senior Member

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    For the past 42 years I have always tuned each open string in this sequence: D-A-E-G-B-E

    I have used an electronic tuner of some sort since 1979.
     
  3. SteveC

    SteveC Village Elder V.I.P. Member

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    I use the little knobs on the headstock.
     
  4. SteveC

    SteveC Village Elder V.I.P. Member

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    But, seriously... I have a Shure wireless with a built in tuner. For 99% of my purposes, this works just fine. I have one of those little Snarks that works nicely too, for acoustics and other times, when I am not plugged in to the wireless rig.

    I have the Peterson strobe app on my iPhone. It's good enough for me to intonate my guitars with it.
     
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  5. Bobby Mahogany

    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    Guitar tuning?
    We've got ourselves a cork sniffer here!
    Just play the damn thing!
     
  6. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    I use a little Snark on the headstock to get 'er in the ballpark, and my ears to find the seats.
     
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  7. fry

    fry Senior Member

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    Nobody tunes the guitars in the demo videos on YouTube. Tuning is overrated.
     
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  8. Freddy G

    Freddy G V.I.P. Member

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    I always tune the high E string first. As a guess. Then I check with a tuner to see how close I am.
     
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    jdto Pretend Human Premium Member

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    Mine came tuned from the store, so I don't have to tune them.
     
  10. NorlinBlackBeauty

    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    Used to tune by ear way back when. I can no longer trust my ear with tinnitus. :(

    Polytune clip-on in needle mode. The polyphonic mode seems worthless. The strobe mode is supposedly the most accurate, but finicky to get just right. Had a Snark, but did not work well with my 12 string.

    They really are helpful! :)
     
  11. Nard

    Nard Senior Member

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    I use a little clip on made by Carver. A Father’s Day gift that I’ve had for about six years now and it works a treat. Occasionally I’ll tune by ear just to test myself.
     
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  12. smk506

    smk506 Senior Member

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    You guys and your ‘string changes’ and your ‘tuning’.

    Throw em out, get another. Cripes, do you replace shoelaces too? :facepalm:














    I have snark style tuners, a few older korg plug ins somewhere and... a gforce. Used to have a Peterson flip up strobe tuner, but it kicked the bucket and I haven’t felt the need to shell out the cash again.
     
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  13. BlankinLoud

    BlankinLoud Senior Member

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    I use the Pitch Lab Android app. It agrees with my old Korg tuner, so good enough for my purposes.
     
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  14. strat1701

    strat1701 El Diablo Cazador De Hombres Premium Member

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    high meaning lowest pitch E or high meaning highest pitched E? I do not believe that debate was (or will) ever be settled.

    For me it's always tune A-D-G-B-E (the little high pitched one) then low (lowest pitched one) E. I get the reference A and then tune the rest by ear most (near perfect pitch hearing and a good ear to boot) of the time with a Korg tuner from the early 90's which still amazingly works considering all the shit it's been thru. If I'm setting intonation I will use the tuner for every string when checking against the harmonic/fret.

    I have acuatlly pulled up an A 440hz you tube video of the tone and tuned to that when I didn't have anything else to reference!
     
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    Pwrmac7600 Premium Member

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    Most of the time I use the tuner built into my axefx. When I want to get brutally accurate I use one of my Peterson strobes. And when I drop tune I use a tuner and then fine tune the drop d
     
  16. Freddy G

    Freddy G V.I.P. Member

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    There's a debate about the difference between a high E and a low E? I can't imagine there being any question that the highest pitched E is the high E! By what criteria could the low E (6th string) possibly be called the high E? And vice-versa...
     
  17. ehb

    ehb Chief Discombobulator Premium Member

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    Since I don't play Dead stuff, I do use a tuner. :squint:

    Come on, you know that was funny... :cool:

    For just tuning, I usually use a clip-on.
    If I'm checking intonation, I use the blue Peterson strobe...
     
  18. strat1701

    strat1701 El Diablo Cazador De Hombres Premium Member

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    because some people call the strings relative to their location. I.E the highest E string woul dbe the one on top, and closest string to you, meaning the lowest pitched E string as on a RH guitar it's on 'top' of all other strings.

    It's always been low E in my book, meaning I view the low E string as the top most string to me, as it should be. I've had guys get confused when I say 'then go to back to the low E 3rd fret' and they jump 5 strings down to the 'trebble' E (high E).
     
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  19. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    Also, when I tune, if the guitar is off more than ten cents or so, I tune twice, because the action of tuning the last strings will cause the first strings you tuned to pitch go flat.
     
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  20. Jymbopalyse

    Jymbopalyse Senior Member

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    I live right along side a river.
    Lot's of moisture in the air.


    If I don't touch a guitar for about 6 or 8 weeks it can be almost a semi-tone out of tune.
    When this happens I definitely have to tune "twice".
     
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