My new guitar strings sound nice, but they get out of tune after 1 minute !! Specifically, the 1st and 2nd (thinnest) strings get out of tune more than the other strings.

And there was no problem of tuning with the old strings . i'm really mad of this situation -_-
Please Help !

guitar : Yamaha F310 (made in indonesia) String gauge : Extra Light (made in Korea)

  • Guitar strings are numbered from the thinnest to the thickest. I normally have more tuning issues with the thinnest strings (1st and 2nd.) Are you sure you are using the right terminology? Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 22:51
  • In this answer you will find a step by step detailed guide for replacing and tuning a set of strings so you end up with a tuning job that is as stable as possible. (music.stackexchange.com/a/41073/16897) Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 3:34

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All new strings need a good stretch to allow them to bed in. The metal itself has to stretch a little, the windings round the post have to settle and the neck has to re-adjust to the tension change. Along each string, pull and push, but not like you'd pull a bow (and arrow). Lift up and push down a couple of inches away from each other - it's not easy to describe - and re-tune.Repeat several times. This will be the equivalent of a few days of leaving it.It's part of the whole game of being a guitarist!

EDIT: when changing the whole set, do them one at a time. That way, the neck will only have a small change in tension. Taking them all off and then replacing is not the better way.

  • Do you mean that because the strings are new and need time ?
    – user28116
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 19:35
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    Exactly! Happens every time!
    – Tim
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 19:38
  • If this is the first time the OP hasn't changed any strings, make sure you keep the string stretched tight while you are wrapping it round the tuning post. Otherwise it will keep slipping until the tension is equalised along the whole length of the string. It may also help to tune the string a semitone sharp and then lower the pitch to the correct value, instead of just raising the pitch as it goes flat.
    – user19146
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 22:21
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    alephzero: It is generally considered better to come up to your tuning from a lower pitch instead of going down from a higher pitch. Examples from this site include music.stackexchange.com/q/16587/28118 and music.stackexchange.com/q/23501/28118
    – rooby
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 23:13
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    Metal strings are easy - classical/spanish guitars with nylon or gut strings are a nightmare. When they're new you're tuning them a few times in a practice session for at least a few days. Performing, with changing temperature or heat from stage light, they also soften and stretch, always needing to be adjusted. Steel and nickel settle in pretty quick by comparison and are much more stable.
    – J...
    Commented Apr 23, 2016 at 0:56

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