Oscillation issues with drop d
My e string rings true and imperfect tomb with the tuner. When I drop 2D there is oscillation and you can see the tuner needle moving up and then back down. And you can hear this oscillation with or without amp. I've tried to lower all the pickups all the way down no difference. I've raised the saddle in case it was lightly touching any frets with no difference. I've also tried larger gauge strings thinking it's a tension issue and no difference. I cannot figure this out. ?? Does anyone have any ideas? I'm about ready to buy a new guitar.
Hi and welcome to the forums,
Maybe we can help you troubleshoot this. First, you didn't say what kind of guitar you're having this issue with. I'm guessing electric but what make of guitar is it? Next, which e string is giving you the issue - low e or high e?
Also, what kind of tuner are you using?
One thing I always do when I encounter this is mute all the other strings. Lightly touch all the other strings with the palm or fingers until only the string you want is ringing out. This helps the tuner get a clearer reading of what's going on. Why don't you try that and let me know how it goes?
@paulhackett thanks for your reply! It is the low e that I'm detuning to a d. For drop d tuning. It's not the tuner I've tried different tuners, besides all the other strings don't have this issue. And it only happens to the low e when I detune it otherwise it's perfect
Does it sound in tune to you? If it's not the tuner or feedback from another string might be worth taking to a shop that does setups and repairs. Take a really close look at the frets. What kind of guitar is it?
@paulhackett , hey Paul, it's an epiphone strat . I made a slight decrease in neck relief, then the intonation had to be adjusted again. And on top of that, I tuned the guitar to itself through harmonics instead of tuning to each individual string through tuner. Anyway, not really sure which thing I did made it better. I appreciate you thx
Great. So glad you got it worked out.
Guitars are like cars sometimes. When things keep going wrong you start to ask why don't I just get a new one? It's frustrating.