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Tuning Epi Vee Wee

#1 User is offline   Flying V 

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 09:52 AM

Hey all,

I just bought an Epiphone Vee Wee for my little daughter. I am having trouble with tuning. I was told to tune it up 3 half steps, but the extra tension seemed to make it go out of tune quicker.

So I tried tuning with my tuner DOWN 4 flats, or half steps. That seemed better for the set up so far. Anyone here have or heard what they do? I want the guitar to work pretty well. With the shorter neck, wouldn't you want less tension? I have heard the tuners aren't the best either, so the less tension the better.

Thanks. Jeff/Flying V
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Posted 02 February 2008 - 10:07 AM

I thought you were supposed to tune it down three half-steps, making the bass string C.
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Posted 02 February 2008 - 10:19 AM

Well that makes sense to me, but every where I look, including the owner's manual, seems to say to tune to G -UP 3 half steps. Not DOWN 3 or 4 half steps like I did. But I think it holds tune better and sounds less tinny the way I did it.

Anyone else have experience or ideas based on the shorter neck? Thanks./ Jeff/flying v
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Posted 02 February 2008 - 10:34 AM

I have a Pee Wee and use 12's on it. It tunes to a regular e that way.
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Posted 02 February 2008 - 01:08 PM

My Olympia Electric Papoose uses regular strings and tunes to A. Even has extra double-dots at the fret which would be the 12th fret on a regular guitar as well as at its own 12th fret. Its really handy that way for playing higher fret chords and solos - no transposition at all.
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Posted 02 February 2008 - 01:40 PM

TheX,

Thanks for that tip. What guage do you think came with it? 09's? 10's? I haven't ever used 12's. The tension is OK with the tuners to stay in tune? Not too much tension on neck? Comfortable to play?

That would be excellent to do if it works out so well. I appreciate the advice. Did you replace your tuners? If not maybe the 12's hold up better being thicker. Easier to play with others if you are in E tuning, too.

Jeffrey
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Posted 03 February 2008 - 02:43 PM

On the advice of my cousin I put Ernie Ball Power Slinky's on mine and it tunes to standard tuning just fine. they're 11, 14, 18p, 28, 38, and 48. there's some fret buzz but the bigger strings haven't caused any tuning problems.
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