Howdy, I've been pickin a lotta years on regular guitar. I'd like to think I have a good touch. My GBG I can't keep in tune no mater what I do.
This is a zero fretted instrument that plays so good on the fretboard it's actually a little hard to play slide. I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it but I thought I'd throw it out there. It has action like my telecaster does.
I didn't build this it was a gift but it's a nice instrument. Anyone have any tips?
The links are blank, you might want to try again?
Forgot to add, the backside is hollowed out so it can be arched precisely over the fret? You could replicate with a piece of metal tubing?
I changed the strings and moved the location of the bridge. I gave the tuners a good tight turn in the winder screw, ii’s probably the best thing I did that helped with tuning. They were pretty loose.
It stays in tune a lot better, not perfect and not as close as I would like it to perfect but minimally plausible. I hope to improve that.
I did cut and polish a screw to put behind the nut. It works really well but it did really mess with the intonation. It plays slide real good now tho. I definitely made some forward progress though. I really got to play it for about an hour tonight and that was nice.
Another option is . if the "blade" on your bridge does not have grooves in it for the strings to set in . . the strings may be sliding out of tune from side to side .
bottom line is . something is moving .
the solution is finding what it is .
Hi Big D, I do not know what is used behind the zero fret to space the strings, but if it is something with grooves in it make sure the grooves are not too narrow for the string. If they are you will have the string being in tune then slowly slip through and detune.
Also is the neck fitted firmly and not moving as you play.
AP's suggestion re grooves in the bridge saddle will eliminate string movement there, but also check at the nut, is there chance of string movement there.
To get good better intonation check by playing a string open then fretting it at the 12 fret, the note should be the same, only an octave diffferent. Move the bridge back or forwards to get it right.