Introduction: Unfixable Guitar Intonation Fix-ish

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Have you ever had a guitar that had the most beautiful sound, and killer sustain, and realized that you couldn't set the intonation?
I've had that problem for some time now, since I bought an Aspen Les Paul-style guitar from the 70's, all of the strings have a sharp intonation, and not matter what I do, it won't change, and even the local guitar shop couldn't fix it.
But don't trash it!  Try these four simple steps to make it at least 75% less noticeable (hopefully).
Sorry about the terrible picture quality; I am poor.

What you'll need:
* Guitar with bad intonation issues
*Something to tune by (a tuner, a guitar, etc., etc.)

Step 1: Step One

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Okay, first is first.  If you're anything like me, this might be the hardest part.
Locate your capo.

Step 2: Step Two

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Now, grab your guitar.

Step 3: Step 3

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Put the capo on your guitar.

Step 4: Step Four

Tune your guitar and rock out (or in).
Now, this doesn't really fix the problem, just helps to mask it (it's still there but it is much, much harder for me to notice it while playing it like this).
Results may vary, but this worked for me.  Maybe someone else will get use from it.

*And also, because I'm pretty sure everybody is tire of hearing it, I put this at the end*
First Instructable.  Like it or hate it or love it or be completely indifferent.  And whatever your decision is, I'll let you pretend that you made the decision all by yourself, and that it wasn't actually me making you feel the way the way you do.


friger (author)2013-04-27

I tried your deep freeze guitar stand idea, cool. I did find it a bit heavy to lug around to gigs and I did get some weird looks but still cool.

MikB (author)2013-04-27

If the intonation is unfixably sharp, and adding a capo at fret 1 helps fix it, sounds like the nut is in the wrong place/wrong shape/too high.

This is why some guitars don't use the nut as the "end of string" point, but have a "zeroth fret" instead, so you don't notice the difference between open string (on nut) and 1st+higher fret (on frets) where you are now pushing the string DOWN (and sharpening it).

Now, the shape and position of the nut is not as critical, as it doesn't affect pitch.

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