tuning down to pitch with locking tuners recommendation ?

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  1. kablez

    kablez Member

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    i noticed in the most recent editions of Fender's guitar owner's manuals , they've recommended tuning down to pitch when using locking tuners, as opposed to the regular ol' way of tuning up.
    i never saw that before , pretty sure it wasn't in the manual i got about 10 years ago.
    i've not been doing that & can't say i've had any problems.
    i will try the tuning down way next time and see if there's any improvement or difference.
    wondering what other people's experiences with this might be , if any.
     
  2. cap10kirk

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    Always tune up to pitch.
     
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  3. kablez

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    yes, that's what i've always done but , if fender is recommending tuning down for locking tuners i guess there must be some reason for it in the way they're designed.
     
  4. wetordry

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    Never understood why they say that, but I tune up and down with them, even really minute amounts and it always works.
    I can pretty much know how far to turn the peg on my strats, as well.
    Must be familiarity with the ratio...
    Wish I could do that with any of my other guitars.
     
  5. CapnRex

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    It simply doesn't make sense why tuning down would be recommended. That means the tuning peg is pushing the short side of the wire through the nut, as opposed to pulling on and reducing the slack. This just leaves room for slack to be created between the tuners and the nut. Correct me if I'm wrong...

    BTW I do love my Fender locking tuners on my Elite. Super easy to use.
     
  6. Little_Wing

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    I tune up with my locking tuners just like anything else. I don't see any problems.
     
  7. Tiny Montgomery

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    After this long, I don’t think it would be possible for me to tune down to pitch. If a string is sharp, I tune down then back up, without even thinking about it.
     
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    If this is the case then the nut really needs to be worked on to eliminate that friction.
    I tune up or down with lockers, it’s another benefit of them.
     
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    Not saying any of my guitars have this problem, just in theory.
     

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