Setting up your intonation on an Electric Guitar

Author: Ian-Bush  Date Posted:22 August 2012 

There are a couple of secrets to correct intonation on an Electric guitar

Before you adjust your intonation, make sure you do the following 3 steps:

1. Install fresh strings!

Older strings will not intonate as well as new strings. It's best to use fresh strings that have been recently installed and stretched

2. Have your action adjusted to your preference

If your action height increases or decreases it will affect your intonation, so you need to set your action height first.

3. Have your guitar perfectly in tune

Use the best-quality tuner that you can, and remember that perfect intonation simply isn't possible on a fretted instrument. A good-quality tuner will get you as close as possible though!

After you have done these 3 steps adjusting your intonation is quite easy

1. Tune the string to exactly the correct pitch.
2. Lightly press on the 12th fret and play the note, see if this is the same pitch
3. If the fretted note is sharp move the saddle backwards (away from the neck).
4. If the fretted note is flat move the saddle forwards (towards the neck/fingerboard).

For more information check out this article on wikihow

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