Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Melbourne, FL 32940
Re: Compromises and Temperments
Yes, I go through the same thing. I have a very good ear and I can get tooo picky sometimes and drive myself nuts getting the tuning to a point that I can live with. The higher you go on the neck the less accurate things get. I intonate at the 12th fret because I don't play chords any higher than that, well if I do they are only two notes for the most part. I test my tuning with an open G chord and open D chord. A lot of the wavering or discontent with the tuning can be easily found in those two chords. When I tune, I do it by ear, I always have. I use a tuning fork for the A440. Then I play the E and A string open together to tune the Low E string. Then open A and open D together, open D and G together. When I get to the B string I fret the G string at the 3rd fret and the B string on the 6th fret to get a 5th. And last I strike the B and G strings open. After that once and a while I'll check octaves up the neck a bit to see if things are off. I intonate using open string, 12th fret harmonics followed by 12th fret pressed down lightly to see if all three match. I've tried different things over the years, but I find this works well for me.