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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Tele will not stay in tune


Fibi Figallily

is a silly name.....
Apr 15th, 2017 02:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Parts-o-tele pretty neat guitar. 12" radius Wilkinson compensated bridge, wilkinson vintage style tuners and of course a brass (compensated nut)...

Have not had a tele in a while and honestly my floated strats (3) stay in tune better dive bombing all day than this thing does. Swapped out vintage tuners and no difference. Me thinks this brass nut is my issue, what thinks the FDP (PDF for all of use dislexia folks)

I use D'ddario light gauge 10-46.

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The spotlight

looks like a prison break
Apr 15th, 2017 04:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

1. 'Stretch in' the strings.

2. Add a teensy drop of light oil to each string where it rests in the nut slot and where it rests on the saddle. Then bend each string to pull it through the nut a little to distribute the lube. Wipe off the excess.

3. Add a teensy drop of oil to each string where it passes under a string tree. Wipe off the excess.

Unless the nut slots are cut wrong--this will cure the problem.

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The spotlight

looks like a prison break
Apr 15th, 2017 05:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

The other possibility is a loose neck. Does it slip in the neck pocket? This can drive you batty--even if the movement is imperceptibly small.

Check the string spacing at the heel of the neck: each E string should be the same distance from the edge of the fingerboard.

Snug up the neck plate screws.


Fibi Figallily

is a silly name.....
Apr 15th, 2017 09:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Neck is tight but slightly off center but does not look angled. I will take a closer look tomorrow, thanks, Peegoo!


Cincinnati, USA

Apr 17th, 2017 06:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Make sure the neck screw holes through the body are drilled large enough so the screw threads pass through clearly with no engagement.

Before you snug up the screws, loosen them all a bit and tension up the strings. This will make sure the neck is fully pulled toward the bridge before you snug the screws.

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NW Pennsylvania

Apr 17th, 2017 08:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sell it.


Fibi Figallily

is a silly name.....
Apr 17th, 2017 08:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

Pinetree, thanks for the good idea. Actually I do have it on CL since the day it arrived, beautiful tele up close but the radius is a bust for me.

amphead4, I know what you mean and will check all that out soon.

Peegoo, i applied a drop of 3-1 oil and it does wonders! I am selling it but I have to mess with it a bit first, do not want to sell a problem.

This thing is super light weight and screams without any overdrive....just some Wampler compression. I may want to install a coil splitting switch before I let it go ;) I must tinker..

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New Jersey

I'm back with the otters again
Apr 17th, 2017 09:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

Use an electronic tuner. Play the guitar until it goes out of tune and then use the tuner to find out exactly which string(s) are going out of tune. DO NOT retune the guitar by ear. Tune only using the electronic tuner using the open strings.

Verify that the "going out of tune" is actually the open strings going out of tune rather than certain fretted notes sounding out of tune.

Look for a trend and which strings are actually going out of tune.

...and then get back to us.

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