Adjusting intonation questions.

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  1. jollygreen

    jollygreen Member

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    I put 11s on my Les Paul and the intonation was way off. I was able to adjust strings one through five with no problem. But with the sixth string, I adjusted as far as it would go, but it's still sharp.

    What do you do when you run out of adjustment?
     
  2. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    Turn the saddle around.

    Was the saddle pretty close to the end of its travel with the previous strings?
     
  3. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    DR strings, by any chance?
     
  4. jollygreen

    jollygreen Member

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    Ernie Ball
     
  5. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    hmm, it could still be a bad string.

    also, have you pressed firmly on either side of the "witness points" (saddles and nut) so that the string is dead straight along its entire vibrating length instead of curving up off of each end at the contact point? that can make a big difference.
     
  6. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    Would you gain any travel if you turned the saddle around? I've had to do that on a few Les Pauls.

    Walter's definitely right that it could be a bad string. A guitar tech friend of mine has a sign that says, "It is the string, stupid." It answers a lot of the head-scratching issues he runs into.
     
  7. treeofpain

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    If that still does not work, you may have to get the saddle modified to allow additional travel.
     
  8. ImmortalSix

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    Yes - I have done this many-a-time on Tube-O-Matics, and it's dirt simple and gives you more travel in your saddle.
     
  9. Aran

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    Yep, oddly enough I had two sets in a row of DR Blues which had intonation issues (same batch no doubt). I switched to Pyramid and will only use DRs as backups. They are still good strings, I just like the feel and longevity of Pyramids better. :)
     
  10. doublee

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    Maybe try raising (or lowering) that end of the saddle slightly....
     

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