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Steinberger gearless tuners for Firebird V = tuning stability?

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New to the Firebird V (just got me a 2010).  Love the feel and sound, but having some tuning issues. I set it up how I like it, so that part is good. Intonation is great. I know I can take it sharp if I push the strings hard on the frets, but that’ll bounce back after I let go. A few big bends or smashing a few hard chords, it’s out. It just seem like the stock banjo tuners aren’t holding it in tune. 

Am I missing another element that may be taking it out of tune?

I hear mixed reviews about the Steinberger gearless machine heads. Mostly good reviews, but I thought I’d put the direct question put there. 

Do Steinberger gearless tuners for Firebird V equal improved tuning stability?

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On the back of each banjo tuner you'll see a screw.  Tighten that up and that should solve your problem.

Steinbergers work well, too, but no better than the banjo once you've snugged them up.

 

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I’ve done that. They’re all pretty tight. Low E, G, and B tend to be the ones that slip. I’ve also greased the nut and saddles with graphite stuff.  I try to only wind each 1.5 to 3 turns a piece to limit stretch. Still, it’ll pop out of tune pretty quick. Is there a string winding technique I should employ?

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Thanks for the info. Respectfully, I’ve been playing guitar and bass for nearly 30 years and changed strings many many times. If I don’t know how to do that by now...

(Parenthetically, I love that that article is like, “wash your hands before you play your guitar.” I know those are jazz guys, but what the **** are they doing? Eating dinner with their moms?)

I was more wondering how to diagnose this issue. My strings are currently only about a week old, but I have stretched them really well and I’ve never quite had this issue with any other guitar. The only thing I can reason now is that the tuners are slipping, but I can’t be sure just yet. What else could it be?

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I am totally out of ideas, the only time I had tuning stability issues on my older Firebirds was when the screws on the end of tuning pegs were loose.

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