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User Name Thread Name Subject Posted Tunings, String Bending and Intonation (19) RE: Tunings, String Bending and Intonation 15 Feb 00

Michael. I just caught up with this thread. To me tuning means how the strings are tuned relative to each other whereas intonation means how well in tune the different frets of the guitar are assuming the strings are tuned properly. I don't think tuning down to dropped D should affect the intonation in this sense, nor should bending the strings. However, I find that when I use different tunings my guitar has to "get used to" them. That is I have to retune frequently for a while and then things stabilize. (It is my private opinion that the wood in the soundboard also gets used to a tuning and the people who use different guitars for different tunings might be justified on this ground.)

There is another factor. Strings can go "false". This means they change their pitch as they are sounding. Bending and constant retunng seems to make my strings go false sooner. All guitar strings wobble a few cents as they sound; but if you can hear the difference in pitch as a note sustains, change that string. It will be impossible to play in tune with it.

I have started using 80/20 bronze strings instead of Phospher Bronze and they seem to hold up better under a lot of retuning. It could be the brand. The Phospher/Bronze I use are D'Addario whereas the 80/20s are John Pearce.


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