Now, hold on there -- lots of leaping right into moderately complex stuff. You could steer him into doing a complete setup --on his own, with no prior experience -- & he'd likely still wind up with original problem AND whatever he might mess up as part of his learning experience. I'll illustrate.Ardie56
, it's clear to me that the "technician" who worked on your guitar is either a moron or a chiseler. (IMNSHO, of course.
) The first hint: plugging a guitar into a Peterson tuner is by itself
about as useful as sacrificing a chicken over it.
"A guitar tuner doesn't actually 'tune' anything
," right? A strobe is a super-accurate pulse-counter, that's all.
Now, as to your actual problem, the "never seems to hold tune" part, there's a few common causes of this. Because you have a half-decent set-neck guitar (with no mentioned structural issues) & a stoptail, we can skip most of those, leaving two.
- tuner slippage, which can be further divided --
- bad tuning machine(s): the gears are heavily worn, or the bearing surfaces are dirty/corroded, resulting in "backlash" where added tension during play pulls the tuner past its difficulty & thus flats the pitch -- with 18:1 Grovers this is VERY unlikely, & even less likely to happen on more than one string
- bad stringing procedure: lots of string wrapped around the tuning machine posts -- judging from the "broken" guitars I fix, this is really really common. There's lots of mythology about how to put strings on a guitar, most akin to the chicken-sacrifice scenario (ibid). I prefer .010 or .011 sets, I bend a lot, & all I do is wrap the string around the post twice, push the end through the hole, tune up, & cut off the excess; 9 times of 10, I have no slippage whatever
- improper nut: this is very common, & while it'd make sense to blame it on "factory-made instruments," I've encountered it on well-made & pro-fixed guitars. Basically, the slots are too narrow for the string set, &/or the edge of the "ramp" is too sharp &/or rough, so wound strings hang. Either way, normalplay eventually pulls the string over, flatting pitch. A common symptom is that most string breakage seems to happen behind the nut.[/u]
My advice -- take it to an actual guitar tech or luthier
, not just someone with a $1,000 gimmick. I'm in the middle of nowhere; an hour's drive away, there's a luthier who charges $15 to do a proper restrung & this includes trussrod adjustment
. For $40-$50, he does a full setup, which
includes neck adjustment, tighten hardware, oil fretboard, file fret ends, buff frets, adjust nut slots, adjust action, adjust intonation, chack and clean electronics, adjust pickups, clean and polish, tune, and stretch strings
& seems like the best way to get it done RIGHT.