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Going out of tune quick on player series strat

Alicia Willis

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    Hey Y’all !

    So, I have a new conundrum. I have a player series strat. It does have a tremolo bridge so I’m used to retuning often. However, it’s going out of tune ALOT quicker than it used to. I am in E standard, and I use 9-42’s....same strings I’ve always used on this guitar. I have made no adjustments or anything. So why am I going out of tune so much quicker than before ? I’m not sure what the issue is. It’s pretty aggravating though.
     

    Alicia Willis

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    Hmm. Always going flat? Or is it sharp? Did this start with the last restring? Is it one string or several?
    We are going flat like ALOT flat and it’s all of the strings not just one or two. It’s been a subtle increase over time, but now it’s just ridiculous.
     
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    Radu-Cristian Perde

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    Player series strat are pretty much in the mid range of the fender so they are great guitars but the hardware on it is not the best (not that its bad). So first of all, are the strings on the guitar new? Old strings might get out of tune easier. Other than that, If its all the strings, I doubt that it would be the tuners since they are all individual pieces so perhaps the bridge... You say you never made any adjustments or anything and that might be the reason. Because wood always moves (with temperature and all) maybe your guitar needs an adjustment!
     
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    New strings, you just may not have stretched them out enough. If it continues to be an issue get thee some Big Bends Nut Sauce and lube the string contact points with it - bridge and nut - and see if it gets better.
     
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    New strings, you just may not have stretched them out enough. If it continues to be an issue get thee some Big Bends Nut Sauce and lube the string contact points with it - bridge and nut - and see if it gets better.
    Thanks Ed ! We actually JUST got some nut sauce. I used it on Ashley’s guitar the other day ! Definitely will use it on mine next time I change out strings !
    also,I don’t think I stretched the strings when I put them on before tuning now that you mentioned that. So I’ll make sure to do that next change ! You’re the man Ed !
     
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    You can stretch them now and you can also loosen the strings enough (one at a time) to pull them out of the nut slot to sauce 'em up!
     
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    Albert Campos

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    I was having the same problem with my Charvel I have the bridge set up to float. What helped me was using a pencil on the nut slots, and I also switched to roller string trees. I think they were like $5 on Amazon. But now I am having zero tuning issues. On my Strat I have the bridge tightened down all the way to the body and it never goes out of tune. Hope this helps!
     

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    I was having the same problem with my Charvel I have the bridge set up to float. What helped me was using a pencil on the nut slots, and I also switched to roller string trees. I think they were like $5 on Amazon. But now I am having zero tuning issues. On my Strat I have the bridge tightened down all the way to the body and it never goes out of tune. Hope this helps!
    Thanks ! I’ve got some nut sauce I’m going to try when I change my strings again.
     
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    Stretch your strings, like, A LOT. My guitar used to go out of tune all the time before I started stretching my strings correctly. To do that, pick a string and stretch it at three different points (toward the guitar's head, in the middle of the neck and toward the bridge). Pull for like 5 seconds at each point for all strings. Then push on your strings with your fingers at the closest point to your bridge, and do it above the nut too. Now tune your guitar, and if you have a whammy bar, push it like it hurt your family. If it goes out of tune, tune it again, and repeat till the strings doesn't go out of tune anymore. I insist on the fact that it made a HUGE difference in my tuning stability.
     

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    Stretch your strings, like, A LOT. My guitar used to go out of tune all the time before I started stretching my strings correctly. To do that, pick a string and stretch it at three different points (toward the guitar's head, in the middle of the neck and toward the bridge). Pull for like 5 seconds at each point for all strings. Then push on your strings with your fingers at the closest point to your bridge, and do it above the nut too. Now tune your guitar, and if you have a whammy bar, push it like it hurt your family. If it goes out of tune, tune it again, and repeat till the strings doesn't go out of tune anymore. I insist on the fact that it made a HUGE difference in my tuning stability.
    “If you have a whammy bar, push it like it hurt your family” 🤣
    Oh dear ! I laughed too hard at this !
    Thanks man !
     
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