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Re: Steve Vai's f*cked up guitar neck!!
« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2007, 08:17:14 pm »
All I know is that I am never happy with the G string, it seems to be always ever so slightly out of tune. I might try Bud's method and see if that helps.
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Re: Steve Vai's f*cked up guitar neck!!
« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2007, 06:07:34 pm »
How much sharper do you tune the top strings and how much flatter the low strings??

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Re: Steve Vai's f*cked up guitar neck!!
« Reply #17 on: December 09, 2007, 06:51:04 pm »
that's an interesting trick there, budd...
i'll have to try that out.

i've always liked the low E a little flat so that the G on the third fret is not too sharp.

I've also read somewhere that EddieVH used to tune his B string a little off (don't remember if it was flat or sharp)

I thought I told you about this the last time I flew over to Calgary and worked on one of your guitars? I don't know about Eddie Van Halen, but we all know how much of an an*l Tone Freak Eric Johnson is, but I'm guessing that EVH also tuned his b string a little sharp. Try tuning it maybe 3-5 cents sharp and bang away at a D, G and A chord to see if it sounds more intune.
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Re: Steve Vai's f*cked up guitar neck!!
« Reply #18 on: December 09, 2007, 06:58:48 pm »
How much sharper do you tune the top strings and how much flatter the low strings??

Honestly.. I don't know.  The exact numbers because it depends on the string thickness(I'd offset a set of 9's different than a set of 10's). I personally use a hybrid set of 9-46 ernie balls and I usually tune my guitars with the following offsets(thank god for floyd rose fine tuners!! I finally found a use for 'em!)

high e: +3-5 cents
b: +3 cents
G: +1-2cents
D: 0
A: -3-5 cents
Low E: -5-7 cents

I usually just aim for that and adjust accordingly. Anything more than 10 cents either way makes it sound just out of tune and there's a lot of trial and error involved. But hey.. if something like that is good enough for Eric Johnson, it must mean something right? Try it out and let me know your results.
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