tuning issues and possible remedies for DGT

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  1. john robeck

    john robeck New Member

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    Hi All - I recently purchased a new DGT and it's great, BUT it has a HUGE problem staying in tune even a month on the strings. I tune it and strum an open G and D chord and it's already out of tune - usually the G and B strings but the D string can also be out as well. So, gigging with this is almost unusable.

    I've tightening the tuning pegs and locking pegs.

    Does anyone have any other tips or tricks to help this or is this just how it is with a DGT?
     
  2. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Once the strings are stretched, a PRS stays remarkably in tune, something reviews mention ad infinitum. I've used mine at countless recording sessions, and so have plenty of others, including Grissom. I assume you're stretching the strings when you put them on. Perhaps the guitar just needs a good setup.

    Hopefully the problem isn't that you're expecting to tune the guitar only once a month, that's probably a typo.
     
  3. john robeck

    john robeck New Member

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    thanks for the reply. Strings are a month old and still can't get through more than 30 seconds of a song without being almost a half step out of tune. It's very troubling and not something I've experienced from any other guitar company. This DGT is brand new and 4,500.00 and virtually unusable. Thus the need for some tips and tricks because I'm out of the return policy time.

    Without any solutions - selling it is the only option which would incur a 1,500.00 loss in only two months. I've always heard great things about PRS and this model in particular but not experiencing any of that at the moment. Very disappointing to say the least.

    And just some fun on a side note (and I'm not picking a fight pitting one against the other) - I've had a dozen or so Anderson guitars that will stay in tune for a month or more with 12 to 15 gigs per month on the some strings and one tuning.

    Thanks again and hoping for the best with some discussion feedback :)
     
  4. RickP

    RickP Established 1960, Still Not Dead

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    Hello, John. I have a feeling, from what you describe, that your strings are binding in the nut. When I encounter weird tuning issues like that, especially after bending a few notes, I put a small amount of lube in the offending nut slots and work the string a bit… normally cures it on the spot. This can be a “new guitar” thing. I use Big Bends Nut Sauce, but even a very light dab of Vaseline will get you by in a pinch. Give it a try.
     
  5. Rider1260

    Rider1260 New Member

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    This always works for me!!!
    Turn up to pitch
    Play aggressively , Dive bomb , wiggle do your best EVH and Jeff Beck .
    Give the trem a wiggle
    Tune up to pitch.
    Repeat
    the tuning will get better.
    I have NEVER found a need to use lube in a PRS nut or trem claw.
    I have on rare occasion a new PRS nut to be on the tight side but the above fun excerise has always fixed it.
    Have fun :)
    I also have never needed to stretch strings for more than a day or two.
     
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  6. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Had a few Andersons myself. Nice guitars, but still had to tune them daily. Then again, out-of-tune guitars drive me mad, so I'm picky about my tuning.

    Have you restrung the guitar, or are they the original strings?
     
  7. dsenoj

    dsenoj Old dude in a PRS T-shirt

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    This is not how it usually is with a DGT. It's a new guitar. Contact your dealer. Your dealer can send it to the PTC to fix any issues.
     
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    john robeck New Member

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    Great suggestion. I'll give that a shot!
     
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    They are the originals. I'm gonna give the a change here and see if anything improves.
     
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    john robeck New Member

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    I will do that. Thanks!
     
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  11. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    Are they the same gauge as the originals? It they are not, there’s your problem. If you’re in the DMV, pm me and this can get sorted in a hurry.
     
  12. Simon Says

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    Not sure if that helps but try to tighten up all the screws like the tuning keys screws and the bolt on top, the block to trem base screws too. I remember the story when I was taking the care of my friend Gibsons when he went for holidays. I remember him saying that them going out of tune is just a "Gibson thing". They all had loose tuner bolts on the front of the headstock. Once this done, strings stretched they all stayed in tune perfectly.

    None of my Paul Reeds has any form of tuning issues
     
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  13. Mike Duncan

    Mike Duncan DGT Player

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    Probably the tremolo screws.

    When I got my '08 DGT, the tuning was a disaster. The shop, who is very well versed in PRS guitars, couldn't fix, and the guitar ultimately had to go back to the factory.

    Turned out the screws are the bridge were all messed up and out of whack.
     
  14. JasonE

    JasonE New Member

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    You should be able to get the guitar to stay in tune without any lubricant on the nut or bridge. My guitars are almost always in tune right out of the case. They rarely require a little tweak on a tuning peg to adjust one here and there. I do all of my own work on my guitars and I am very picky about tuning. Something is either sticking or moving. If you have the option to have the shop you bought it from look at it, go that route first. It is hard to diagnose these things through a forum. If I lived near you I would offer to take a look at it and get it worked out for you.
     

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