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Hi all , Just got a new 2016 Les Paul Traditional T .

Its beautiful , but it will not tune. Changed the strings

since they had been on since build date .But nothing.

Still wont tune. Strings are alarming high off the fret board.

I tried what I know to do but till not what a Gibson should be.

Any clues ? I have a 2015 Epi pro top plus that blows it out of the water.

An info would be helpful. Thanks all

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Hi all , Just got a new 2016 Les Paul Traditional T .

Its beautiful , but it will not tune. Changed the strings

since they had been on since build date .But nothing.

Still wont tune. Strings are alarming high off the fret board.

I tried what I know to do but till not what a Gibson should be.

Any clues ? I have a 2015 Epi pro top plus that blows it out of the water.

An info would be helpful. Thanks all

 

 

Just to clarify, the strings would not go into tune and won't stay in tune?

The old original ones and the brand new ones?

 

I must point out that the original strings AND the brand new ones still need stretching-in and breaking-in just a bit before they will stay in tune.

The G and B unwound strings in particular.

 

Did you do a lot of stretching and bends, to get the strings set?

 

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I'm a player for over 30 years and no offence taken , I should have

been more clear.I will post pics tomorrow and as far as stings , the old ones

that came with it wouldn't tune right. on a chromatic tuner they would be on but

most chords it was way off. So I put new strings on , let them stretch for 2 days

and same problem. So I checked for tuning , then recheck harmonic and at 12th fret and adjusted bridge.

That helped some but still bad . like I aid string height is high. I will post good pics

tomorrow after work when I have time to do them right with good light.Thanks all

for the help. Oh , btw , I did a bit of neck relief , was way tight.

On a side note , this is only my 2nd Gibson Les Paul.

Like I mentioned , my Epi Les Paul is butter. But I do love this one , just

want it to be good and true. thanks again all

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My new Gibson was terrible out of the box. While mine didn't really have tuning problems, it had many other problems. I have purchased other guitars which did not "require" a setup to play well, but my Les Paul did for sure. They should include a coupon in the case which gives you a free setup.

 

Anyway, I took mine to an experienced luthier and certified Gibson repair tech. He dressed the fret ends under warranty, and I paid $45 for the setup (plus the cost of D'Addario NYXLs which are like $12) and now that I have it setup properly, it plays amazing.

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I'm a player for over 30 years and no offence taken , I should have

been more clear.I will post pics tomorrow and as far as stings , the old ones

that came with it wouldn't tune right. on a chromatic tuner they would be on but

most chords it was way off. So I put new strings on , let them stretch for 2 days

and same problem. So I checked for tuning , then recheck harmonic and at 12th fret and adjusted bridge.

That helped some but still bad . like I aid string height is high. I will post good pics

tomorrow after work when I have time to do them right with good light.Thanks all

for the help. Oh , btw , I did a bit of neck relief , was way tight.

On a side note , this is only my 2nd Gibson Les Paul.

Like I mentioned , my Epi Les Paul is butter. But I do love this one , just

want it to be good and true. thanks again all

 

You need to actively stretch the new strings. Just letting them sit probably won't do much. Also use a good locking wrap technique of your choice. I suppose if the action is way too high you could be going "out of tune" when you fret a note, but I think it would have to be way high for that. Lower it down to spec and see what happens.

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Hi all , I just want to thank everyone here. I got to thinking about

" beginner mistakes " , something I thought I was immune to . yea right .

Id gone the wrong way with my neck adjustment but didn't think I had cause

the strings were lower and just felt better. So early this morning before I left for

work , I redid everything ! Now , just about perfect . So whoever said beginner mistakes ,

thank you. You made me start over and boom , I have my butter Gibson .

Strings are dead on , true all the way up the neck and a joy. Thanks to everyone.

I could not have done this right without this forum. My hats off to all. Ill post

a couple pictures when I get home.

I think what had happened was 16 months in a box and almost 2 full

season cycles and shipping had done its toll .

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Hi all , I just want to thank everyone here. I got to thinking about

" beginner mistakes " , something I thought I was immune to . yea right .

Id gone the wrong way with my neck adjustment but didn't think I had cause

the strings were lower and just felt better. So early this morning before I left for

work , I redid everything ! Now , just about perfect . So whoever said beginner mistakes ,

thank you. You made me start over and boom , I have my butter Gibson .

Strings are dead on , true all the way up the neck and a joy. Thanks to everyone.

I could not have done this right without this forum. My hats off to all. Ill post

a couple pictures when I get home.

I think what had happened was 16 months in a box and almost 2 full

season cycles and shipping had done its toll .

 

 

Glad it worked out.

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