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Proper Guitar Intonation Setup
By Jennifer Mustang
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Guitar intonation setup is often the key to producing good sound from a guitar. It is not dependent on any one factor. Instead there are various factors that could affect the intonation of the guitar. These factors include the quality of the strings and their tuning, the saddles, the nuts and the distance between them, the bridge height etc.
First of all make sure that the guitar is well tuned. You could start with the first string, which is the one at the bottom and the thinnest and strike it. This note should be exactly the same as the note produced by holding the 12th fret. If the note that was fretted was sharper, you should move the saddle backwards to the tailpiece. If it was flatter than the open note, the saddle needs to be moved towards the pick-ups.
Each of the individual strings can be tuned after that using a standard electric tuner. Sometimes a string might be off-tune meaning it doesn't produce the right sound irrespective of the adjustment and hence needs to be replaced. After tuning the strings, the bridge height should also be considered. There are various tips one can find online on the appropriate bridge height and how to adjust it. If the strings are too far away from the fret board, the distance for which they will vibrate will be higher causing a fractional increase in the pitch. Too less a gap causes a buzzing sound. One must use the truss rod and the saddles, to adjust the height accordingly.
The relief of the neck, which is usually curved like a bow and hence measured as the distance between the fret and the bottom of the string should be adjusted correctly to give the right guitar intonation setup which usually varies with the guitar and the string gauge. However, one must be careful in adjustments made to the neck to not permanently damage it. Loosening or tightening the saddle screws might also do the trick sometimes. Although some of it comes with practice and experience, an electric tuner is always handy to ensure the right notes are measured properly before we do any tweaks.