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Old 01-23-2012, 09:53 AM   #661 (permalink)
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nice one acie.

I bought a new acoustic on friday. I sold my shitty old yamaha some time ago back when i stopped playing and since i started it up again, i've been hankering for a new acoustic guitar. Also because i'm a total cheap ass i was pretty limited in my quest for new guitar. Enter the Epiphone AJ 100. This thing is dirt cheap at $130 and i gotta say i am totally thrilled at the return for such a little cost. Changed the strings, and now it has a nice deep and meaty sound. Looks fantastic in the sunburst finish. Heck I'm surprised that it even stays in tune so well.
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:55 AM   #662 (permalink)
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:55 AM   #663 (permalink)
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has anyone ever changes the tuners on a guitar?

I'm going to do this on my shitty strat as it can't stay in tune for more than an hour. I am wondering if most tuners will fit in the existing holes or if i will have to do any drilling or adjusting to the headstock.
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Old 02-07-2012, 12:50 PM   #664 (permalink)
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has anyone ever changes the tuners on a guitar?

I'm going to do this on my shitty strat as it can't stay in tune for more than an hour. I am wondering if most tuners will fit in the existing holes or if i will have to do any drilling or adjusting to the headstock.
Are you sure it's the tuners?
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Old 02-07-2012, 12:52 PM   #665 (permalink)
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Sounds like you need to take it and get a professional set up.
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Are you sure it's the tuners?
from the research i've done, usually the tuners are the first parts to replace when a guitar goes out of tune easily. Unless if you have heard otherwise... i am genuinely curious as i been reading up on basic luthier type stuff and i want to learn more. My shitty strat has always had this problem of losing tune quickly, but it seems particularilly bad of late.

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Sounds like you need to take it and get a professional set up.
What do you mean by this? Are you saying to get it taken in to a shop?
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:31 PM   #667 (permalink)
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i would definitely start by getting a setup - straighten the truss rod, set the intonation, set the string height (action), polish it up, and check the connections. this is inexpensive and can be done at any shop (or you can learn to do it yourself, which is pretty easy).

if it is still out of tune, you could consider the tuners.
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:33 PM   #668 (permalink)
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from the research i've done, usually the tuners are the first parts to replace when a guitar goes out of tune easily. Unless if you have heard otherwise... i am genuinely curious as i been reading up on basic luthier type stuff and i want to learn more. My shitty strat has always had this problem of losing tune quickly, but it seems particularilly bad of late.



What do you mean by this? Are you saying to get it taken in to a shop?
Yeah, take it to a shop.

When't the last time you had the guitar intonated?

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Old 02-07-2012, 01:36 PM   #669 (permalink)
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hmmm.... i don't even know what that means. Time to do some googling LOL.

EDIT: ok. intonation. got it. found a pretty good site that walks one through the process. Obviously something i will go through before buying anything.

Trane: what would the connections have to do with a guitar staying in tune?

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Old 02-07-2012, 01:57 PM   #671 (permalink)
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thanks trane. I love the internet.
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i would highly recommend that you let a pro do this the first time, unless you have seen it done before. if you take it to the 12th fret on danforth, they guy will probably let you watch him do it.
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i would highly recommend that you let a pro do this the first time, unless you have seen it done before. if you take it to the 12th fret on danforth, they guy will probably let you watch him do it.
this is good advise, but the cost of the job is in all likelihood more than the guitar is worth. I'll take on the task myself and thanks to the internet once again i have now seen a few different people do the job and i feel pretty confident about doing it myself.
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i can't imagine the cost being more than $50. and a pro setup will make a world of difference in that guitar.
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i can't imagine the cost being more than $50. and a pro setup will make a world of difference in that guitar.
12th fret prices theirs at $85, and if i was to sell the guitar i'd probably ask $75 for it.

I will call around other music stores in my area though as i know you are right.
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most of the work is not hard, but the truss rod adjustments can really fuck with your guitar if not done right. it's not that you are likely to permanently damage it, but if it starts to get way out of whack, and the intonation, action, and string tension gets screwy, it may not be easy for you to get it back where it needs to be.

i really made a mess of things this first couple of times i tried to do this. it can be painstaking because all the issues are interrelated, and once you start adjusting one bit you will likely need to adjust the otehrs, again and again, until it gets in balance. $85 is well worth the pain in the ass that this could be. if your guitar is in good shape and it's just a couple of tweaks, no problem. but if it is already well out of whack - which is likely if it sat around for years - it's more than just a simple adjustment.

i don't want to make this into a bigger deal than it is, but the cost isn't so high that it would chase me away from using a pro. then again, if the guitar isn't worth much to you and you have an alternative, it's a good learning exercise to take it apart and adjust it until you know how it works.
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yeah this is for my 'beater' guitar. It's a korean made Squier bullet strat and the only reason why i still care a little bit for it is because it was my first guitar. Also given my current situation, i don't want to put much money into it. I know this guitar is crap. Its parts are cheap and it also has wiring issues to boot (2 of the 3 pickups cut out), so any fixes that i do i would only do on the cheap.
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then i suggest making it a frankenstein. take the thing apart and fix the connections too. do you have a sodlering gun, or access to one? you probably just have a loose wire or two, which is easily repaired.

if it's a beater and has issues, i'd just disassemble it and have fun with it. tinkering with guitars is good times.
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then i suggest making it a frankenstein. take the thing apart and fix the connections too. do you have a sodlering gun, or access to one? you probably just have a loose wire or two, which is easily repaired.

if it's a beater and has issues, i'd just disassemble it and have fun with it. tinkering with guitars is good times.
that's exactly what i had in mind trane.
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No offense, but a guitar that's been a trusty companion for so long deserves a better fate than be being butchered by someone who doesn't know what their doing because they don't want to shell out the coin to get it some proper tlc.
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