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I never have tuning problems with my Gibsons. It can be corrected using one simple rule: tune UP to pitch. If you go a little sharp detune and tune back up, repeat if necessary. This eliminates any slack that may exist outside of the nut and/or bridge. If any slack is there then as soon as you bend a string it will go flat.

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If we're going to talk about the way they were traditionally made, I believe many Gibsons in the 50's were traditionally made with a nylon not. The new custom shop versions are coming with nylon nuts and they don't bind it all and the guitar stays in tune for days on end.

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Even with all my bone nut Gibson's, they stay in tune, as well or better, than any other guitar I own, of any brand!

Regardless of the headstock angle, etc. :rolleyes:[tongue]

 

I did have issues, with the Corian nuts, and worked out a deal, with my dealer, than ANY Gibson I bought from them,

would have the nut changed, to bone, as part of the deal. It's one of the advantages of having a great dealer, and

having dealt with them, for over 30 years. [thumbup]

 

So...??? [tongue]

 

 

CB

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My Bonamassa LP has a nylon nut and my '17 Tribute T with a Bigsby has tektoid nut. Both stay in tune for days. Usually when they go out of tune it's changes in weather/humidity that seems to have more effect than anything else.

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I never have tuning problems with my Gibsons. It can be corrected using one simple rule: tune UP to pitch. If you go a little sharp detune and tune back up, repeat if necessary. This eliminates any slack that may exist outside of the nut and/or bridge. If any slack is there then as soon as you bend a string it will go flat.

 

I have a friend that does this all the time. Tunes down to pitch and I tell him as soon as he bends that string you are going to be way flat. Doesn't listen and constantly complains.

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I have a friend that does this all the time. Tunes down to pitch and I tell him as soon as he bends that string you are going to be way flat. Doesn't listen and constantly complains.

 

You can lead a horse to water...

 

All mine stay in tune and one has for 33 years.

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Mine didn't like staying in tune for a couple months when it was new, 2016 Trad. So I took it to local luthier. Lo and behold when I got it back it had settled right down. Figure after they're made, shipped, hung up in stores, etc they've been through some trauma. That's why I figured it might be a good idea to let it acclimate here for a bit before I had anything done. It's been pretty stable ever since

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I never have tuning problems with my Gibsons. It can be corrected using one simple rule: tune UP to pitch. If you go a little sharp detune and tune back up, repeat if necessary. This eliminates any slack that may exist outside of the nut and/or bridge. If any slack is there then as soon as you bend a string it will go flat.

 

 

You speak the truth my friend

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also, having to many winds on the post can cause tuning issues.

 

i like to pull the string through the hole, make it semi-taut. then i grab it at the nut, and pull it back one fret. then i wind it from there. perfect every time, (for me)

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Don't all Gibsons have a 17 degree angle?

 

Just curious, because I've never had an issue with my 2017 V.

 

I Nut-Sauce, of course, but even before that, no sticking G string.

 

I was actually thinking of returning it because of that. For spite.

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"this durn guitar is way too stable!!!" :lol:

 

It's too perfect and didn't cost nearly enough! Here, let me give you another thousand for your troubles!

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:D

 

It was weird all right. I'd pick it up, tune up, and... G went to pitch. Next tuneup, same thing. Next DAY,same thing. "You're supposed to go 'ping', dammit!"

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My 2016 Trad was a little iffy at first but after a good setup and a little acclamation to life outside the store that it had been in for a couple months it's just as stable as any other guitar I've ever had

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I don't have any Les Paul's with tuning issues since my 3 2015 LPs were switched to titanium nuts. With the brass nuts, they were a mess.

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My Les Paul always stayed in tune, maybe I was just lucky.

 

1971 Deluxe goldtop

1996 Studio, ebony black

2001 Studio copper-top

 

Those heavy bastards never went out of tune in the middle of a song or a set.

 

 

[unsure]

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I've never had tuning problems with my 2002 Les Paul Faded Special (w/humbuckers) or 2003 Les Paul Classic 1960.

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Agree with many of the posts here about the nut. Definitely needs to be cut properly and lubed.... I have no tuning problems on any of my Gibson's, after the nuts were fixed.

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