Why won’t my guitar stay in tune?

A standout amongst the most predictable searches on this site is ‘my guitar won’t remain in. Tuning issues can be so baffling. The main thing to check is that you have a good tuner and that you are tuning up routinely.

You can find the best guitar tuner that will guarantee your guitar playing sounds awesome. Yet, once tuned, if your guitar won’t remain there or appears to go all through tune contingent upon what chord you are playing, here are the typical suspects:

The Nut

The guitar nut sits at the top of the fretboard. It’s extremely vital to get the nut seating the strings effectively as they pass over it. In the event that it’s cut excessively narrow, it squeezes the string as you tune and you have that feeling of nothing occurring until the point when you hear a ‘ping’ then out of the blue the pitch of the string bounces upward.

Additionally, if it’s not cut flat, the string basically passes over a blade edge and is substantially more obligated to rashly break. This would all be able to be restored with a delicate scraping down but except if you truly know what you’re doing take it to an expert repairer!

One thing you could attempt initially is greasing up the nut by shaving some graphite from a pencil into each string opening to enable each string to pass over it all the more unreservedly.

The tuning pegs

There are a few misfortunes that tuning pegs can display. The wear and tear of ordinary use and transportation can shake their insides free. Take a screwdriver to tuning pegs periodically to make certain they’re firmly appended to the headstock and mechanically strong.

Excessively numerous windings of string around a tuning post can likewise prompt slipping and wastefulness. While stringing a guitar, clip the string close to two creeps past the tuning post while holding it remiss along the neck.


Another key tuning territory is intonation, particularly in the event that you play harmonies that join fretted and open notes higher up the neck. On the off chance that a guitar isn’t intonated appropriately open strings don’t sound very tuned in to their octave notes up on the twelfth fret, and it’s those marginally off-key notes that truly grind.

A lot of this can be settled by tweaking the metal truss rod down the focal point of the guitar neck, however, in the event that you don’t know what you’re doing take it to an expert and get it set up appropriately.

Simply consider it like a standard auto service that simply should be done now and again. It might cost a couple of bucks yet a truly ‘in tune’ guitar is justified regardless of the cost.

The strings

Now and then a guitar not remaining in order is absolutely down to old strings so do change them routinely. When you do, pause for a moment or two to extend them in as they’ll remain at a pitch substantially quicker.

In case you’re not comfortable with how to do this there are a lot of assets on YouTube to demonstrate to you how and it’ll have a dramatic effect. Likewise when you change strings to ensure you leave enough space for various windings around each string tree.

For the most part, loosened up top strings require a larger number of winds than the wound low ones.

The Capo

Another repeating tuning issue comes with utilizing a capo, particularly on guitars with jumbo frets. Most guitarists understand that a seriously set capo will haul strings off-key, in any case putting a capo on guitar with jumbo frets will make the strings pull down further onto the neck thus pull them sharp.

Shubb type capos have a customizable strain which will help, however, you can have a go at putting the capo straightforwardly over the fuss instead of generally behind it and this should help.

The strap

One conceivable reason for tuning issues is that the strap is attached to the headstock. This will pull the strings sharp. If so get a strap button screwed onto the heel of the guitar. They don’t cost much at all on the off chance that you fit it yourself or a shop will charge to fit it for you.

The climate

Changes in temperature and dampness will make a guitar leave tune, as the strings extend and contract in response. Endeavor to give your instruments time to acclimate to the temperature of a room before tuning and playing them.

In case you’re in front of an audience under hot lights or playing outside on a burning day, your strings are likewise undeniably liable to seem to have their very own psyche.

In January I was in Edmonton, Alberta, and the temperature changes because of taking instruments from the auto into the outside and after that into a warm building, combined with the dry atmosphere there caused tremendous tuning issues.

Correspondingly a church building warms tremendously when people come and begin to sing. So again, the rule is to tune frequently and regularly.

Whammy bar

An inappropriately set-up whammy bar can apply excessive or too minimal strain on the strings, which will cause detuning. On the off chance that your whammy bar is accurately set up, but utilizing it makes your instrument leave tune, that is likely caused by a nut that is grimy or too tight, limiting the capacity of the strings to come back to their right pitch.

Pickup proximity

Here’s an incredible issue. Pickups are, obviously, magnetic. What’s more, on the off chance that they’re ultra-hot and excessively near the strings, they will apply a little measure of descending attractive force.

That can make it tough to tune a guitar precisely and meddle with inflection. Then again, bringing down the pickups will obscure a guitar’s tone. Invest some energy to locate the correct balance or pickup height and tone.


In some cases, terrible tuning is caused essentially by squeezing a string too hard and making it go sharp, particularly in the event that you are playing electric or with light gauge strings.

I find Gibson electrics can be inclined to this especially at the G string. Alongside simply squeezing all the more delicately you could have a go at going up a string gauge or even supplanting an unwound G with a wound one.