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Less then a minute 23 42.59%
1 to five minutes 19 35.19%
five to ten minutes 6 11.11%
ten to fifteen minutes 2 3.70%
fifteen to thirty minutes 2 3.70%
thirty minutes or more 2 3.70%
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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-21-2009, 06:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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How much time to you spend tuning?

Even with locking guitars you have to keep them in tune. The poll is for tuning guitars that are already strung up and relatively close to being in tune.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-21-2009, 06:33 AM
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Re: How much time to you spend tuning?

With a well-set-up guitar with properly stretched strings you should spend very little time tuning.
One trick I've learned is to always tune UP to the note- not down. If your guitar is sharp throw out the note by dropping it well below the note and then bring it up to pitch. This is physics 101 - the string 'locks' in the note if you increase the tension. Think of a violin or classical guitar with wooden pegs.
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Re: How much time to you spend tuning?

What time period is this set over?
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Re: How much time to you spend tuning?

i can play hard (like, extreme whammy abuse and full on shredding) for a few hours before i have to touch my fine tuners.
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Re: How much time to you spend tuning?

I tend not to have to retune between new sets of strings on my Ibby

I do go through strings pretty quickly though.

Strat's different, coz I'm always going between standard and drop tunings.

And the Tele is the same.

If it weren't for those drop tunings, I reckon it'd be just under 5 for each set of strings.
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Re: How much time to you spend tuning?

do I have to be on Dutch Viagra to tune seems to be the question now...

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Re: How much time to you spend tuning?

The viagra is for the strings, stops 'em going floppy and helps maintain tuning under whammy abuse.

I tune before I play, every time, takes me less than 30 seconds. Usually just some fine tuner adjustments.

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So what is a better investment Nickel or Bronze Viagra?

I run through the Korg rack tuner...Even when I'm not plugged in, if there's no noise and I have to tune for more than a minute there's something wrong with me...
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Re: How much time to you spend tuning?

I usually pull/bend the strings a bit before tuning, so they don't go out of tune when I bend.
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Re: How much time to you spend tuning?

Generally if tuning is the only thing I'm doing, It'll take less than 30 seconds. If I have to unlock the locking nut that will take an extra minute. Changing tuning (such as E to Eb or visa versa) doesn't take that long for me, even on a floating bridge, as long as it's only a half step increment. If it's more than that it throws the trem angle out of wack and you have to adjust the spring tension, which again throws the strings out of tune, turning everything into a guessing game.

If I'm fiddling with the action it might take up to 5 minutes trying to balance the spring tension, sometimes more if I'm not doing it carefully.
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Re: How much time to you spend tuning?

i voted 5 mins.but i can remember the 555 (lo-trs) i played for 11 years,tuning was a major pain in the ass.out of the 11 years playing it 10 years 364 days 11 hours and 59 mins were spent tuning up lol.
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Re: How much time to you spend tuning?

So this is just for tweaking the tuning before playing or in between songs? Less than 30 seconds for sure.

Putting a new set of strings on a floating bridge takes considerably longer do to the string stretching and the fine tuning the bridge angle that I always do everytime.
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Re: How much time to you spend tuning?

I barely ever have to tune my 2570, that thing is rock solid. I remember what a pain tuning an old Yamaha that I had, It took the fun away from playing.
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Re: How much time to you spend tuning?

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I barely ever have to tune my 2570, that thing is rock solid. I remember what a pain tuning an old Yamaha that I had, It took the fun away from playing.
Same here with my 2550Z. I do not have to tune it very often. Mostly when changing strings. If you make sure it is setup correctly when changing strings it will stay in tune.
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I barely ever have to tune my 2570, that thing is rock solid. I remember what a pain tuning an old Yamaha that I had, It took the fun away from playing.
Same here. My '96 UV7BK simply does not go out of tune, except maybe after some whammy bar abuse.
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