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Problems With My G String  
User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2979 times:

In my fifteen years of playing guitar, I've never been able to tune the G string in a satisfactory manner. I've been told it's mathematically impossible to get the g in perfect tune with the other strings, and I try to get it close, but on my Rickenbacker the G off-tune stands out like a dead nun in a snowbank. Do any other guitarists have tips for dealing wuth the G?


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User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2977 times:

Quoting LHMARK (Thread starter):

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 


User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3822 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2965 times:

try this link http://www.8notes.com/guitar_tuner/

 Smile hahaha I know  Smile



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User currently offlineGSPITNL From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 374 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2962 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 1):

I second that ROFLMAO

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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2948 times:

My air-guitar is in perfect tune.

I don't know what your problem is.



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User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2944 times:

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 4):
My air-guitar is in perfect tune.

I don't know what your problem is.

 rotf  Big grin


User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2934 times:

Shall we just have a thread of  rotfl   rotfl   rotfl  ?

User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2926 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 6):
Shall we just have a thread of ?

Hey, this is one of the more mature threads out there !!  Wink



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User currently offlineGSPITNL From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 374 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2920 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 6):
Shall we just have a thread of ?

Why not!

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LOL



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User currently offlineGarri767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2910 times:

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User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2910 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 6):
Shall we just have a thread of

Good idea
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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2900 times:

Quoting LHMARK (Thread starter):
stands out like a dead nun in a snowbank

Having a hard time visualizing this. Could you include a photo?
Black and white is okay.



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User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2882 times:

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that should be enough



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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2856 times:

 rotfl 

 Wink


Lee



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User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2851 times:

LHMARK in a G-String................mmmmmm...........Now that is Scary!

User currently offlineAirbuzz From Canada, joined Jan 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2834 times:

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User currently offlineMrmeangenes From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2805 times:

I assume you are stretching the string a bit after installation. Tune it up-SLOWLY-to a G#,then back off to about F#,then back up to G.

Some strings are "stretchy" - the Martin "bronzed" strings are a good example-while others have a harder composition.



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User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2769 times:

Mark, the truth of the matter is that the B string is actually the culprit. Due to the nature of 4ths tuning of the EADG strings, the major third interval to the B string puts things out of what. Better guitars (of which I would have expected Rickenbacker to be) sometimes account for this in the design camber of the neck. Some possible solutions:

1. Use heavier gauge strings,

2. Raise your action

3. Tune in such a way as to exploit your fingering style. Avoid voicing chords with an open B. You'll never be able to get a properly intonated G Maj chord and a properly intonated E Maj chord unless you finger the D instead of the open B as part of your G Maj chord.

I know this issue sucks - part of the reason I switched mainly to bass.


User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
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User currently offlineNancy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 467 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2752 times:

Gee Logan, thanks for telling Mark to "raise his action" to take care of his g-string problem! Are you trying to kill or what? I'm already traumatized.

User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2748 times:

Maybe the problem is how the G-string lays across the nut...


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User currently offlineGarri767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2736 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 14):
LHMARK in a G-String................mmmmmm...........Now that is Scary!

that is stupid, why the heck did you say mmmmmmm?  Wink


User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2732 times:

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 20):
why the heck did you say mmmmmmm?

I meant to say hmh!  Yeah sure


User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3527 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2730 times:

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 20):
Maybe the problem is how the G-string lays across the nut...

hahahaha. Only someone familiar with the guitar could truly grasp the double meaning of that statement.

Seriously though, I have more problems with the B as opposed to the G. Whenever I tune my guitar, the B is always a lot more fucked up then the rest of them.



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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 24, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2727 times:

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 20):
Maybe the problem is how the G-string lays across the nut...

It shouldn't really lay across the nut, it should be "cupped".

if it does lay across the nut you should move up to a heavier gauge g-string. May i suggest denim?



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25 LHMARK : I know what you mean, planespotting. The B is annoying, even when playing. It took me forever to make shifting up a half step on the b an automatic ac
26 Logan22L : Actually, let me re-phrase what I said earlier. If you lower the action at the nut (have a pro file down the slots, or risk it yourself), and raise i
27 Gilligan : First wipe the crap off your G string so it isn't so slippery.
28 Bill142 : It hurts when you get whipped witha g-string.
29 Dan2002 : Maybe your G-String is getting cought up on the bridge? Are you picking or fingering your G-string? Dan
30 LHMARK : Actually, It sounds worst when I do a hammer-on or a pull-off.
31 Srbmod : This is any early candidate for the funniest thread of 2006!
32 GSPITNL : I will second that LOL
33 WhiteHatter : Your G string problem is probably due to uneven nut. (ooo-err missus!) Take it to a luthier and get the nut checked out, some Ricks came out of the fa
34 Dan2002 : Are you strumming it too hard? Agreed. Dan
36 YooYoo : get a new fuckin guitar and give your old one to Kaz !!!.. There thats settled. i hope denim feels good against your skin. i need a mr. tastys cow pat
37 Mir : Back when I was playing cello, the G string was a pain in the ass. I'd be trying to play on it, and I'd end up hitting the open C string with the bow
38 BartiniMan : it would be wouldn't it. Maybe the G-string is rubbing against the hole.
39 Bill142 : Have you considered a crotchless g-string?
40 LHMARK : Logan22L and I discussed my G string last night. We concluded that the problem might be my truss rod. It could be bent wrong. It's under a lot of tens
41 Dan2002 : I wouldnt play with it yourself. I would take it into a professional and have them adjust it for you. If you adjust it even in the slightest way the
42 Post contains images Vaporlock : LHMARK....wowie, I didn't even realize that "math" had anything to do with the "G Sring"....well then again I guess the size does. Logan......the onl
43 LHMARK : Nacy suggested that I adjust the knobs. She doesn't know anything about guitar.
44 SmithAir747 : Is tuning the guitar by piano a good idea? I usually do it that way, the best I can considering my hearing impairment. Would that help the G string (a
45 9VSPO : The tiny one's obviously...
46 Mrmeangenes : What gauge string are you using ? Manufactured by whom ?
47 LHMARK : DR .11s.Used them for years.
48 Mrmeangenes : That's a reasonably well-made string,so the problem should be elsewhere. Does your guitar have a compensated bridge ? (If so, it could be slightly out
49 LHMARK : There might be a bridge issue. I'm going to take it to a guitar repair guy. Maybe I'll switch back to D'addario strings. I like the colored ball-ends.
50 Dan2002 : Try Ernie Ball, i'm always able to get those in tune perfectly, but I have a digital tuner so that helps. Dan
51 S12PPL : Mark...This is perhaps the most I've laughed in a long time! Pretty damn funny stuff!!
52 Post contains images IL76 : I tune down to C with very heavy strings (a wound G-string, tuned to Eb in this case), it still sucks to tune although heavier strings do help. I don'
53 Post contains images ABfemme : I have just read this thread and I have laughed so much !! - Thanks Guys/Gals you made my day!! Claire
54 Post contains links and images FlyboySMF2GFK : The actual process is called intonation and it's my job to deal with this every day at work. Because of the physics you mentioned, moving the saddles
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