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I picked this guitar out because it wasn't a low end or cheap guitar. I wanted something with a little quality and the Martin's were just a bit out of my price range. I put brand new strings on it and ever since day one, I can rarely get through one song and have to re-tune. It seems to almost always be the 'G' and/or 'B' and sometimes 'E' strings that always go out of tune. I'm using strings made for acoustic guitars. Thanks,

Mat

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    How long have you had the guitar? How long ago did you replace the strings? Very new strings will need to be tuned several times before they hold the notes... – Tim Burnett - Bassist Nov 23 '19 at 22:27
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    New strings will get out of tune regularly for around a week. If you just changed them, don't worry about it. – Von Huffman Nov 23 '19 at 23:55
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    Also make sure you know how to properly wind the strings. If you are not putting them on correctly they will slip. – b3ko Nov 24 '19 at 0:06
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    Hope I'm doing this right, using the comment to reply. I have owned the Taylor for about a year. I put the strings on right away as I always do when I buy a new axe. – MainMat K. Nov 24 '19 at 2:03
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    Hope I'm doing this right, using the comment to reply. I have owned the Taylor for about a year. I put the strings on right away as I always do when I buy a new axe. So they've been on there long enough. And being that I own around 28 or so guitars and basses, I'm sure by now I know how to string a guitar. But, I want to thank all you guys for your responses. I filled out my profile a little more so people can get a better understanding who I am. The reason I put anything on here at all is because believe there are some knowledgeable people on here and might point me in the right direction. – MainMat K. Nov 24 '19 at 2:12
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Try these in this order

  1. Put new strings on and stretch them thoroughly as you tune. Play the guitar for a couple hours and re-stretch/retune a few times. Notice if a string gets caught on the nut or bridge saddle as you tune. If so, have these fixed/replaced so there's less friction. There are also products to lubricate the nut if it's very minor.

  2. Notice if you can tug on a string and see it slip on the tuning peg. It's easier to see with wound strings. And see if the peg rotates just by tugging on the string. For the former, the issue is how you are stringing. For the latter, it's the tuners (though less likely since this happens on multiple strings).

  3. GENTLY apply push and pull to the headstock while the body is anchored. Just use a finger or two. If the pitch of the strings changes with a delicate push or pull, the guitar is unstable. The truss rod may be too loose, broken, the neck may have an invisible crack, the neck joint may be unstable, etc.

Good luck!

  • Sounds like a good plan. I will do and report back. Thanks – MainMat K. Nov 29 '19 at 0:33
  • @MainMatK. please mark this is the correct answer if you think it answered your question. Thanks :) – mistercoffee66 Nov 29 '19 at 4:26

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