Tuning Question

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Member Since: May 10, 2007

So you guys helped me understand how to tune with the Capo and to adjust different things, and that really helped. Couple more questions that are buggin me:

1. How do you fix intonation on an acoustic and do you really have to every time you change strings?!

my main question:

2:If I want to record a song with the capo on for one guitar track. And then the same chords with the capo off for another track, how would I guarantee they are both in tune? When I take the capo off it goes out of tune. Should i tune maybe every "A" note to an online tuner? With the capo on? ANd then maybe when I take off the capo tune every "a" note again to the online tuner?

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Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jun 03, 2007 10:44 pm

The intonation on the acoustic will be a little more forgiving, and I mean a little. But mostly it is a matter of the nut and the bridge bone being in good shape. I know having both replaced on my Honer mad e huge difference in how well and easily it tuned. They were both pretty well worn from having strings changed so often. Another important part is to make sure the string pegs on the bridge fit good and tight as well as the machine tuners being set sturdy in the headstock and also not having any play in them. As for tuning with and without the capo. I tune with it on, then as well re-tune with it off. It is a pain in the but but worth it if you are going to do that type of tracking. A little difference is good sometimes though to add some life and depth to the sounds.

As for the tuning to A, I have done that in the past. but it was not a huge difference from standard tuning. But it may well vary from guitar to guitar. Some may like the all A tuning better then others. I know some who believe that is the best way. Myself, maybe I'm just not that picky about it so I don't always go that route.

Since: Jul 02, 2003

Jun 03, 2007 11:20 pm

I just tune using the tuner builtin to my GT6 or one that I use on the computer. With an acoustic guitar there really isn't much you can <easily> do about intonation other than what Noize has said. But if your intonation is acceptable when playing without a capo, it should be with one as long as you get the capo on square. As well you should only need to mess with intonation if you change string gauge or raise/lower the bridge.


Since: May 10, 2007

Jun 03, 2007 11:25 pm

when you say the Capo is "On square" what is the best way to put it on again? Close as possible to the Metal fret?

Since: Jul 02, 2003

Jun 03, 2007 11:42 pm

I generally place it about 1/8"-1/4" behind the fret, the tricky part is not moving any of the strings sideways as you put the tension on the strings. :)


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