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,


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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... Nov 23, 2019 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. Nov 23, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 at 2:12

2 Answers 2


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, 2019 at 0:33
  • @MainMatK. please mark this is the correct answer if you think it answered your question. Thanks :) Nov 29, 2019 at 4:26

Your truss rod is turned to tightly to the right, creating an inward bow so great, your guitar is relying on your string tension alone for stability. Strings will constantly slip this way. Turn your truss rod counterclockwise till u see the concave straighten. Also w every adjustment, hit the open string, tune it then on the same string, tune again at the strings 2nd octave somewhere between 10 and 12th frets. Your guitar should stay it's tune when pressing on the fret and while it's open

  • Tune this way on all 6 strings every single time u make an adjustment. If string is in tune while open but out of tune on the octave, keep adjusting rod till u achieve all tuned octaves
    – Mikeb
    Sep 13, 2022 at 1:34

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