My G-string keeps detuning

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  1. Metal God

    Metal God Member

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    This is a serious issue guys, and I'm referring to my guitar!

    Every few bends and chord strums and what not, my G-string begins to detune itself, about a 1/4 step down is where I start to notice it, and it's getting rather annoying. It's been like this for the last few months, never really bothered looking into it until now because I haven't played much at all this year.

    Any suggestions? And I highly doubt changing strings would do anything.
     
  2. Zeppelin Rules

    Zeppelin Rules Active Member

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    Are you stretching the strings when you put them on? Maybe try rubbing some pencil lead in the slot in the nut.
     
  3. Metal God

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    No, last string change was like 7 months ago anyways, this problem is only on the G string and been happening recently.
     
  4. everdying

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    yea, go lube the nut.
     
  5. Metal God

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    Thanks, will try that. Any advice on with what? I don't want to put the wrong thing on there.
     
  6. everdying

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    pencil lead has already mentioned.
    i use GHS Graphitall cos it doesnt leave any residue unlike pencil lead.
     
  7. jetlag

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    [quote author=Metal God link=topic=17147.msg213730#msg213730 date=1213632748]
    last string change was like 7 months ago anyways
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    ...might be an idea right there O0
     
  8. guitarweasel

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    [quote author=jetlag link=topic=17147.msg213750#msg213750 date=1213648422]
    ...might be an idea right there O0
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    Ya think? ;D
     
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    I'll sum it up and say new strings and properly cut nut would do the job :)
     
  10. Spunky

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    This will tighten up your G-String! ;D :D ;D

    [img width=640 height=370]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v226/Sk8rboi99/Keks.jpg[/img]
     
  11. ditto2

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    Well if g-string did not detune prior to say the time line you gave was 7 months ago {last string change}.
    It could be that one g string has develop a corrupt constitution. There are numerous opportunities for something to peculate during non or infrequent playtime . So yes I concur that a change of strings is in order . While doing that do the lead nut advise.
    There is also the possibility that your g string tuner has become faulty .
    Start simple and eliminate possibilities is the best strategy.
    D

    And while I'm here .I will use this moment to express a thing about the g string in general that I would not have thought of until I read Metal God's mail .

    Without any technical hampering and any fault of my own difficulties playing guitar . Which is now going on about well almost 40 years .
    THE G-STRING WITHOUT A DOUBT HAS BEEN THE HARDEST STRING TO KEEP IN TUNE
     
  12. acdcrocker

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    IMHO it only goes out of tune, say 1/4 step right? Just give it that tiny 1/4 turn back and your done.
     
  13. Constellation80

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    Does any one elese sometimes buy a G string in the next gauge higher?
     
  14. jetlag

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    [quote author=guitarweasel link=topic=17147.msg213752#msg213752 date=1213649364]
    Ya think? ;D
    [/quote]

    :roughup:
     
  15. Six String

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    [quote author=Constellation80 link=topic=17147.msg213771#msg213771 date=1213693490]
    Does any one elese sometimes buy a G string in the next gauge higher?
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    I've never tried it but I normally run heavier strings anyway........ and therefore have less trouble. But I also don;t need to worry about string bends........ :coolsmiley:
     
  16. q-4000-SG Guy

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    [quote author=Metal God link=topic=17147.msg213723#msg213723 date=1213629203]
    This is a serious issue guys, and I'm referring to my guitar!

    Every few bends and chord strums and what not, my G-string begins to detune itself, about a 1/4 step down is where I start to notice it, and it's getting rather annoying. It's been like this for the last few months, never really bothered looking into it until now because I haven't played much at all this year.

    Any suggestions? And I highly doubt changing strings would do anything.
    [/quote]put on new strings strech them and see if it goes away
     
  17. Pickngrin

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    I dont think anybody mentioned slippage at the tuning post. If this particular string was improperly installed, that would cause it to detune.
    The solution, however, remains the same -install a new string(s)
     
  18. 1Way

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    I find that the G string is often problematic to keep in tune compared to the rest of the strings, and like guitarweasel says, using heavier gage strings tends to improve tuning stability.

    Some opt to use a wound G string, but try a very skinny wound third string if your into lead and bending strings.

    G string tuning problem suggestions
    -7 months is a long time for strings, change all the strings out and consider using a larger gage, especially on the G string.
    -When removing the strings, check the tuning mechanism to see if the post or the mechanism (or both) might be loose.
    -Make your last tuning effort tuning upward from lower pitch toward higher pitch! Keeps better tension on the string in the headstock area.
    -When you re-string, be sure to 1) put a hook bend where the string exits the post, and 2) have at least several winds around the spindle to help assure the string has sufficient friction bind to the tuner.

    Associated advice
    -It's generally a good idea to put some pencil lead/graphite lube into the nut grooves.
    -If you can handle a thicker gage set of strings, try that as thicker strings tend to 1) last longer 2) stay in tune better and 3) sound better/fuller/less tinny.
    -If staying with same gage, consider using either a thicker gage unwound G, or a skinny wound 3rd.
    -If you don't prefer a skinny wound G, consider using a thinner wound D.
    -After you are more comfortable with your new strings, have the intonation carefully checked.

    Metal God
    What string gage is being used?
    There is a difference in string physics when going from wound to unwound stings. But first things first, be sure your stringing and tuning properly.
     

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