Gibson Les Paul Electric Guitar Intonation Tutorial

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Published: November 17th, 2008

This excellent video tutorial teaches you how to adjust the intonation on a Les Paul guitar with a Gibson-style stop bar Tune-o-matic bridge system.

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  1. 1. turantulaguru11
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    does this aly to …
    does this aly to all guitars i got a 1967 lemetid edition stock fender jaguar and i want to take care of it the most i can

  2. 2. wesselbindt
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Can you just move …
    Can you just move the saddle while in tune?

  3. 3. richardwad1
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    intonation. You may …
    intonation. You may not have any other problems after that. If you have fret buzz, truss rod.

  4. 4. blackparade316
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    the nut that you …
    the nut that you turn to adjust the saddle on my guitar is on the other side of the bridge, facing toward the neck instead of being on the other side facing outward. i also have a les paul? does the fact that they nut faces in toward the strings make a difference?

  5. 5. pwned21
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    The guy tuning …
    The guy tuning sounds like kevin costner rofl

  6. 6. guitartec
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Okay, 40 years of …
    Okay, 40 years of experience in 500 characters…

    First, check for any fret wear, as this could affect how you set your truss rod adjustment. Level and re-crown if necessary. If the frets are okay, do the truss rod adjustment first. Adjust it for proper relief (help the rod do it’s job by physically helping it bend). Adjust bridge height and saddles (if adjustable) for proper radius to fingerboard. Once you’re happy w/this, cut the nut properly, then tune to pitch and do the intonation. Gd Luck

  7. 7. snapascrew
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    i really wanna set …
    i really wanna set my guitar up prefect, what do i do first, truss rod, intonation, bridge height,? yada yada yada…

  8. 8. ESP4thaWin
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    ouv nice video!


    ouv nice video!

    5 stars, helped me alot

  9. 9. viletantrum
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    This heelped my …
    This heelped my with my intonation on my Dean zx.

  10. 10. devils666tongue
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    thank you i applied …
    thank you i applied this to my guitars and banjo
    extremely helpful

  11. 11. Philtertip
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Steve… agreed! I …
    Steve… agreed! I ume that you should just “gently” fret the note at the 12th fret when you check the fretted note. You are so right. People should try this: tune their guitar, play the high E string at the 12th fret lightly so it’s in tune, then vary how hard they dig in on the same note…. and watch the tuner. It will deflect all over the place! Specially with light gauge strings….

  12. 12. Philtertip
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Good video…thanks …
    Good video…thanks. I think it is valuable how Steve shows that you should stretch the string after moving the saddle because it could have gone out of tune again…. sometimes strings bind in the saddle….

  13. 13. whonut
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    You must always …
    You must always detune the string a bit before adjusting the saddle.

  14. 14. guitartec
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    I’d be happy to, …
    I’d be happy to, but YouTube only allows 500 characters.

    If you explain EXACTLY and precisely what the intonation problem you’re having is, I may be able to help via this blog. It’s much more helpful to have you and the guitar in front of me.

    FYI… Many times, intonation issues are caused by high (meaty) frets, an improperly cut nut, and too hard playing style-the left hand. This is a recipe for disaster.

    Hit reply with your answer

  15. 15. asurfingalien
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Can you give us a …
    Can you give us a more thorough explanation of what needs to be done first? I’ve had intonation issues with a guitar of mine for a long time, but never had the nerve to start fiddling with things that I didn’t have a good understanding of.

  16. 16. guitartec
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Great… another ” …
    Great… another “pro” guitar tech showing how to do intonation half-assed.

    You forgot to mention all the “other” things that need to be correct BEFORE setting the intonation. A true master guitar tech knows how to account for ALL the variables when setting intonation. Ya don’t just “set it”.

  17. 17. leamog
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    your A dickhead
    your A dickhead

  18. 18. letdownjohnny
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    I am completely out …
    I am completely out of adjustment on one string. Doesn’t appear to be the truss rod. Any other suggestions?

  19. 19. likewhoaitsjustin
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    I had a fret buzz …
    I had a fret buzz on my 11th fret bottom E string, and this helped out a ton! Thanks :DD

  20. 20. seasonedtoker
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Agree! Strings …
    Agree! Strings should be always tuned and the guitar finetuned for the correct intonation in your conventional playing position. If you lie on your bed with the guitar then do it this way. If you stand with it hanged then do it this way. And always loosen the string before the intonation setup.

  21. 21. MichaelBradus
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Your neck might …
    Your neck might have an overbow.

  22. 22. adajensen
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    never do any fine …
    never do any fine tuning with the guitar in that “flat” position. it pulls the strings out of tune.

  23. 23. xxmaTRockxx
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    pende de war bi …
    pende de war bi tane ama ├žalmaya zaman yokq :D

  24. 24. Enforcer6
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    first get a new set …
    first get a new set of strings and slap em on ur guitar, lower the bridge as low as it can go then proceed to raise it about half an inch tune your guitar up and chromatically run up ur guitar neck trying to find notes that buzz or those “dead notes” from then raise your bridge in half tunes remember to keep the top of your bridge parallell to your guitars body. after you raise the bridge more tune your guitar and again run up chromatically checking the notes.

  25. 25. lambofgodlk
    November 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    I have a problem …
    I have a problem with my bc rich avenge. When I play it i get dead sounding notes like sort of twangy sounding. So i tried raising my bridge and it sounds better but the strings then get lifted off the fretboard about a half inch from the 12th fret up. If i lower it it sounds like crap from the 7th fret down. does any one know what i can do to fix it?

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