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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-07-2003, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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locking nut with fixed bridge?

A friend of mine showed me a guitar he had assembled which had a fixed bridge and a locking nut. I was kind of surprised but he told me that before he installed the locking nut, the guitar went out of tune very often and that installing it solved the problem almost completely. My guitar has a fixed bridge and it also goes out of tune quite often. ANy of you recommends this option as an alternative to replacing the bridge and/or tuning heads? THX for the help.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-07-2003, 06:11 PM
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The problem with a fixed bridge and a locking nut is when you lock the pads down on the nut, it can cause the guitar to go out of tune. Without the fine tuners on the floyd, you'd have no way to adjust the tuning without unlocking and doing a guess and check type of thing.

For my money, installing some locking tuners would be a much more effective solution.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-07-2003, 07:09 PM
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I'd say locking tuners and a graphtec nut.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-07-2003, 07:13 PM
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Agreed. The only guitar Id put a locking nut only on is some ghetto guitar, and then only a kahler style nut
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-08-2003, 03:22 PM
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If your playing a "ghetto" guitar, then you deserve having it go out of tune so us non-ghetto guitarists have something against you.

hahaha...im just kidding..besides, I dont even understand what I said...
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-09-2003, 03:30 AM
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I bought a Graphtech nut and planet waves locking tuners, which did wonders for my tuning.

Exactly like the fellow mentioned above, when u tighten the pressure pads, the strings go up in pitch.

Tell your friend he's a boob if he thinks thats an ingenious decision.

Itd be nice if more guitars came with a "JS2000" style bridge which as we all know is a fixed bridge with fine tuners on the back.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-09-2003, 05:58 AM
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The strings may not change pitch, it depends on how well routed through the nut they are. If you have a string retaining bar that is well adjusted (as I do on my 550) the strings are heald down against the grooves in the nut, and thus when the allen bolts ar tightened it cannot go out of tune. The only reason guitars go out of tune when they are "locked up" is because the string was not bedded into the groove in the nut properly and thus is tensioned by the action of tightening the allen bolt.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-09-2003, 07:35 AM
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I agree with Jammy. My UV doesn't need a string retaining bar - it doesn't change pitch when I tighten the locking nuts (well...technically, it probably does to a tiny tiny tiny tiny tiny tiny tiny degree)

You can't hear any change - trust me, I have perfect pitch.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-09-2003, 12:14 PM
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Just tightening the pads is what usually screws the tuning as they twist with the bolt.

I've never seen a UV that would stay in tune w/o the string retainer adjusted correctly, much less missing it.
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