Tuning sounds off

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  1. sickguitar

    sickguitar SS.org Regular

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    I've always relied on guitar rig for tuning my 6 strings and it has worked great. But on my 7 string, I have set the intonation almost perfectly and tuned it perfectly but the low B still sounds out of tune when played in conjunction with the A and E strings i.e power chords. I put as little pressure as I can on the frets when I play so I'm not bending the strings out of tune... I have no idea what's causing it to sound out of tune when guitar rig says it's perfect :mad:

    Edit: Could it have to do with the reference pitch?
     
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    Greatoliver Looking to windward

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    What string gauge are you using and how hard do you hit your strings?
     
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    Zeetwig Dedicated Chiller

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    ^ What he said. If I have too light string gauges the string will wobble more and sound a little out of tune, especially if you pick very hard.

    Does the string sound out of tune all the time, or does it wobble/fluctuate?
     
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    I use 59's. I considered that too, but I don't generally pick hard and it still occurs when I pick as soft as possible.
    I was able to solve the problem by tuning my lower B with a tuning fork instead of using guitar rigs tuner. It seems like their tuner is off when it comes to low tuning for some reason.
     
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    Zeetwig Dedicated Chiller

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    Nice :) May I ask what tuner you use?
     
  6. sickguitar

    sickguitar SS.org Regular

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    The standard tuner in Guitar Rig 5. I used the tune fork there too. It was more accurate to use that + my ears rather than relying on the tuner.
     
  7. vampiregenocide

    vampiregenocide A Chap Called Ross

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    Try tuning the B slightly flat? I've had that issue on 7 strings before, sometimes tuning the lowest string slightly flat makes it sound better.
     
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    I agree, just tune the low B to your other strings. I have found that it may need to be very slightly flat relative to the other strings as well.
     
  9. Zeetwig

    Zeetwig Dedicated Chiller

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    I have a Boss TU-3 and it works fine with low tunings and so on (even dropped bass tunings) :) I can really recommend it! Not that expensive either, for a pedal.

    Also since I take it that your guitar hasn't a TT neck there will always be a slight inaccuracy with the tuning. Though if you use your ears (as the guys above said) you shouldn't have to worry about that too much :)
     
  10. sickguitar

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    When I tune it with the tune fork, it becomes slightly flat and sounds great.
    Yeah, I'm definitely going to use my ears from now on :) thanks for the tips, guys
     

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