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Guitarist - - Feature -

Be­cause your strings sit above the fin­ger­board, when you de­press them onto a fret there is a slight sharp­en­ing of the pitch. This can be com­pen­sated for by slightly in­creas­ing the speak­ing length of the string at the sad­dle. With fresh strings fit­ted and a prop­erly set-up gui­tar, plug into a good and ac­cu­rate tuner. Next, sound the har­monic at the 12th fret and com­pare that with the fret­ted note at the same fret. If the fret­ted note is flat, the bridge sad­dle needs to be moved for­wards (to­wards the nut) and vice versa. It’s al­ways best to recheck your in­to­na­tion when you change string brand and/or gauge.

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