Tips On How to Set Up a Guitar : How To Adjust Intonation On An Electric Guitar

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Published: December 26th, 2008

Learn how to adjust the intonation on an electric guitar in this free video clip featuring a professional guitar technician.  These techniques will work for most electric guitars including a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar.

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  1. 1. plymskima
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    oh if it helps …
    oh if it helps anyone, the intonation would commonly be set with just over 2 mm more at the low E string in length that on the high E string(the saddles are 2 mm further back), im guessing this is something to do with shift in frequency? but if you look at the guitar and the bridge saddles arent all in line, thats why so dont change it to all be equal

  2. 2. Tr3ntR3znor666
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Oh, Kool Thanx
    Oh, Kool Thanx

  3. 3. plymskima
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    the intonation is …
    the intonation is basically reliant on the scale length of the guitar, each note you play would be a munite amount out of key if you dont set it, because of the length of the string, so if the harmonic equals the fretted note halfway along the scale, then the whole of the fretboard is harmonically correct, makes a bit of a difference if youre guitars been suffering from lack of upkeep, most are set up quite nicely anyway

  4. 4. plymskima
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    if youre in drop C …
    if youre in drop C youre likely to be playing metal? in which case itd be distorded to and hardly matter anyway, i imagine a in a simmilar way though, sinse the 12 fret harmonic would still be simmilar to the fretted note, also you could always tune it to a standard tuning, then retune it back down?

  5. 5. t3h4b5
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    When you tune your …
    When you tune your guitar with a tuner and for example you play bar chord at the tenth fret that does not sound quite in tune. It means you have bad intonation and your string length(s) need to adjusted to fix the problem.

  6. 6. Tr3ntR3znor666
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Why Exactly Do You …
    Why Exactly Do You Need To Set Intonation?

  7. 7. whatbedevoid
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    tune it to standard …
    tune it to standard first I guess

  8. 8. motty900
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    alright thanks, and …
    alright thanks, and its a fixed bridge.

  9. 9. GuitarFreakBashing
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    what kind of guitar …
    what kind of guitar did you bought? is it fixed bridge or like floyd rose or something. With a fixed bridge it would be very strange you cant get it tuned :P
    Or the set up of your guitar is very poor.

  10. 10. GuitarFreakBashing
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    He motty900, use …
    He motty900, use the same method when you use drop c tuning. Should be fine.

  11. 11. motty900
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    how do i set …
    how do i set Intonation when im in drop c tuning?

  12. 12. charybdiscylla
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    I thought my …
    I thought my E-string was 3/2 steps off because I was in drop C, this was very helpful.

  13. 13. holyfire001202
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    tighten the g …
    tighten the g string till it sounds just close enough, a lot of times when the string is too low, well if it is this low, it might be too low for the machine to actually pick up the note very well

    if that helps at all

    and omg…. “and the G string can’t be tuned”
    freaking hilarious

  14. 14. ErnestoMag
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Hey guys can …
    Hey guys can someone answer this question I got. I bought a new guitar a few months ago and the G string can’t be tuned in I tried with an electric tuner with they normal tuning method but no avail. could doing what he does here fix it? It sounds too low

  15. 15. Gbell3587
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    This is a good vid …
    This is a good vid for intonation but my high e string is in tune at both the open and 12th fret but on the 15th fret, its almost a half step flat at Gb………..how do i fix this type of problem? Its also bad at 17th fret with the A note being a half step flat aswell.

  16. 16. NLGPB
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    That’s a tapped or …
    That’s a tapped or natural harmonic smartass

  17. 17. wesselbindt
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    I already figured …
    I already figured it wasn’t a jackson, and I think it’s one from Schecter’s blackjack line.

  18. 18. crosmanshooter
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Look at 1:35
    it …

    Look at 1:35
    it does not say Jackson on the Headstock, so its a Schecter I guess.

  19. 19. wesselbindt
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Kinda looks like …
    Kinda looks like the pre-06-2006 Jackson slsmg.

  20. 20. jjuup
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    If you have a …
    If you have a guitar with 24 frets, yes. Most guitars and most bass guitars do not have that, that’s why I suggested the 19th fret.

  21. 21. Bomaman
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    So if i was too do …
    So if i was too do the hamronic at 24th fret that would be even better?

  22. 22. jjuup
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    They are higher up …
    They are higher up in the register and will fluctuate more clearly. Also you can both pinch and push down on the 19th fret and thus need no tuner, you just hear the result.

  23. 23. micp4130
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    okay, i see… thx. …
    okay, i see… thx…

  24. 24. Dm3qXY
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    the higher the fret …
    the higher the fret, he bigger the difference between the harmonic and the fretted note, so u gain precission, but be careful not to bend the string too much (at all), i mean keep your push perpendicular to the fretboard.. however, i have problems on my cheap guitar to get very good results on 19th fret, i’m usually satisfied with a good match for 12′th.

  25. 25. micp4130
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    to me i sounds like …
    to me i sounds like you’re doing the exact same thing just with some other harmonic tunes… i fail to see how thats easier/better…

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