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Rick Andrews and other experts answers guitar repair questions
For almost one year, guitar luther Rick Andrews answered your guitar repair questions. After recieving over 500 questions we put together the most popular questions and answers. Today, we are involving other great guitar builders and will continue to expand this area in the future. This section will no longer be interactive but you should find most of your guitar building and repair questions have already been answered in this section.

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  •  Les Paul Custom Tuning/Setup

    Hi rick,
    I'm writing this on behalf of my step dad, he has a Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar and he cant seem to tune it properly.He has tried various guitar shops and they told him to try the gibson website, so I tried that for him but the part about tuning the guitar he already knew, he mentioned "setup" to me and the factory settings.

    I take it that he means the way it was tuned when it left the factory, he doesn't live with me so he couldn't actually see what was on Gibson's website. I was talking to him over the phone while searching there website and I really dont know much about guitars (at least the tuning,setup).

    Maybe I have seen the answer while searching the web but you can understand I am not exactly an expert on guitars. That is why I contacted you. I've tried to explain as much as I can and would be grateful if you could help me on this matter.

    Frankie Lehmann
  • Ricks Answer to - Les Paul Custom Tuning/Setup

    Frankie ,

    If you kow how to tune the strings in proper tuning as E 1st, B 2nd, G 3rd, D 4th, A 5th, E 6th . . . . starting at the smallest string at the bottom and working upward toward the top in that order. After this is done with the trings open, (not noted anywhere) then if it does notm play properly in tuning elsewhere on the fretboard, then you need to adjsut the intonation.

    This involves adjusting each individual string saddle at the bridge . . . toward the neck makes the notation more sharp, while toward tail of the guitar makes the notation more flat. Also the height adjustment effects this.

    First set the string heighths the way you want to play making sure no buzzing on the frets takes place anywhere. Then if the notations are flat or sharp at different notes, then move the bridge saddle either forward or backward as mentioned above, inward to make it more sharp or outward to make it more flat until you have reached exact tuning. Each time you make any adjustment you will have to retune the string with the tuning key to proper open tuning then redo the process sometimes for many times until you get it right.

    A descent inexpensive LED lighted tuner will do fine. Tune each string to the open tuning as the note names above. Strike the string and retune slightly until the LED light shows in tune at each string. When you have the perfect tuning on each string, then start with the smallest string and press the string to note at the 12th fret.

    See what the tuner LED light for that string shows. Is it showing flat or sharo on the 12th fret? Adjust until all looks right at the 12th fret on each individual string. When each string notes properly on the tuner at the open position and also at the 12th fret position, then you have it right. All other notes o the guitar should play in proper tuning. If this does not happen the guitar was made inaccurate.
    Rick Andrews
    Andrews Guitar

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