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The Fabled Les Paul/Gibson tuning issues?

Nifty

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I owned one LP Standard for a number of years and never had problems with tuning. With the LP I recently purchased, I haven't had an issue with it either.
 

IBurstMyBucker

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Hmm

Perhaps it might be a good idea to persuade people that Gibsons, really do have a tuning issue...

Especially 1970's Les Pauls...

Convince the masses that they are worthless and therefore they should just give them away...

And there is something specific about a 1977 les paul custom in tobacco burst, and the 1954 reissue customs that just will never be properly in tune...


yeah yeah... its will be excellent oh yes...

I might have issues, doctors have yet to comment one way or the other on that.
I believe you're mistaken. 58s and 59s are the absolute worst for staying in tune. It's high time the world know the truth and these POS guitars be sold for what I can afford!
 

Any Name You Wish

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I live in Colorado and often play in outdoor settings. Typical hot afternoon I tune up with any guitar (Fender or Gibson) and it stays put. Then the sun goes down and after a break the guitar is sharp and I have to keep an eye on the tuning as it gets colder as the night wears on. Playing inside with an air conditioner blasting or in a cool basement I've got to warm the guitar up, putting my palms all over it and hugging it, and it goes flat and I've got to keep an eye on it as it warms up. My '59 RI ES 335 seems to be more temperamental to temp changes. Humidity changes are worse. Any stringed instrument will do this. Then there are the other things mentioned several times here (fretting pressure, especially playing down near the nut, inherent tuning issues, nut slot work, etc.). My Tele is least affected by temp/humidity, and that's probably due to the maple neck vs the much softer mahogany on the Gibsons. Maple neck on a Les Paul? Back in the 70's it was a thing.

Nut slot work is super critical on any guitar. Get that right and everything else is just normal everyday stuff. Remember what it was like before electronic tuners? We all got really good at tuning by ear. I still do it a lot and recommend getting good at it.
 
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