Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Melbourne, FL 32940
Re: How do you tune your guitar?
I use an electric tuner to intonate the guitar when I first get it.
Then I use my ears from then on out until I change the strings again.
Every time I change the strings, I make sure the strings are well stretched.
Then, I tune by ear and double check it with an electric tuner one more time to make sure the whole thing is not sharp or flat a little.
I press down lightly at the fifth fret to tune each string except when tuning the high B string.
I put my first finger on the second fret on the G string and my pinky on the fifth fret on the B string.
I've done this for 20+ years now.
I noticed a long time ago that all of my guitars, (even though perfectly intonated) never sounded in tune to me as I got higher up on the neck.
It was always the high B and high E strings that let me down.
They always sounded a little off to me.
It was really noticeable if I was playing a chord high up on the neck.
I'd hear this wavering in the chord.
The chord was really out of tune to my ears.
I realized that tuning the B string the normal open way was not sounding good anywhere else on the neck.
So I thought why not tune fretted, avoiding the open strings.
This gives me way better results over the whole ranger of the neck when playing.
Just my $.02.