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Getting the Right Acoustic Guitar Intonation
There are times when your acoustic guitar just does not seem to be in harmony with your fingers. The
pitches of the different notes appear to have different tones, one screams while the other whispers. In
such case, the thing to look for is acoustic guitar intonation.
Intonation is the manner in which musical tones are produced. It is specifically the relation between
different pitches and their key.
While there is no perfect intonation, you can certainly get what suits your style the best. In the case of
intonation being out, an open string will not be the same as one octave higher i.e. the 12th fret. Simply
use this concept to figure out if your instrument’s intonation is all right or out of tune.
It is preferred that you take your guitar to an experienced luthier rather than trying to fix it yourself. He
will be better equipped with tools and expertise to allow you to have the desired intonation of your
If you are confident enough to adjust the intonation of your guitar yourself, do not do it just once.
Repeat the process a few times over. The logic behind doing it more than once is that while you set one
string right, the other may detune itself. It will take a number of repetitions before you can get the
result you are looking for.
The distance between the strings and the fretboard has a big effect on the intonation tuning. Closer the
strings are to the fretboard, the better will be the intonation. You have got to keep this in mind while
buying a guitar. Usually the more expensive ones have their strings closer to the fretboard and thus are
easier to tune. Do not buy a low-end instrument to save some dollars as you may end up spending more
on tuning it right.
If after trying to get your acoustic