I wonder, when I put my guitar somewhere, without anybody else drop my tuning, the tuning sometimes drop down a bit.

How to make the tuning just stick on the right tune? Is there any tips or tricks?

  • What kind of guitar do you play?
    – user1044
    Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 15:59
  • @WheatWilliams Mostly some normal acoustic guitars
    – seseorang
    Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 17:11

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It's pretty well the nature of the beast.That's why the tuners are accessible. Expect it to happen, it will.Professionals tune up between numbers - or get their roady to give them a freshly tuned different guitar, so why would we expect anything better? Classical players are blighted with the same.So whether it's being used, abused or left to rest, it will sometimes go out of tune.


This problem will never completely go away, but here are some ideas to try:

  • Use old strings that are already stretched
  • Make sure your instrument is in good structural condition (no seams opening, etc.)
  • Remove all the residual tension in the strings, such as by pulling on them (try graphite under the strings on your nut/bridge)
  • Play and store the instrument in a room with constant temperature and humidity
  • Do not lay the instrument down in a weird position (only on a flat, soft surface, hanging from a hook, etc.)
  • Consider purchasing something that tunes the instrument automatically using electronic feedback, such as this
  • I do not agree with "only lay the instrument down on a flat, soft surface" actually, since my 2 guitars and 1 bass are hanging (from the headstock) to a wall mount, they stay in tune much more than before (staying in the flight case or onto a tripod support)
    – comicurus
    Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 13:50
  • I agree, a hook is probably great as well. Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 19:24

The humidity and temperature that you keep your guitar in, will have a massive influence on it's tuning. If it gets hotter, then everything stretches and there is a good chance that your guitar will re-tune itself higher. If it gets colder, then the reverse happens and that lets everything contract, potentially allowing your guitar to tune itself down. It is just the nature of physics.

Contrary to other comments, you should always use new strings, as often as you can afford to get them. Certainly more often, if you play regularly. Definitely replace any strings that are blackened or appear corroded.


Pretty much impossible, the strings inevitably will be losing their tune as a function of time. Just tune up more often.

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