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Senior Member
Username: jalevinemd

Post Number: 999
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 10:02 am:   Edit Post

More often than not, I find that if I take my guitar off the wall and its a bit out of tune, I can tune it, play a few seconds and find that it's still slightly off. But if I play for a few minutes and re-tune as needed, those changes are much more stable. Is there something about the strings or neck getting warm from playing or the strings getting ever so slightly stretched that makes tuning more stable the longer you play?
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Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 880
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 10:28 am:   Edit Post

You bet!

Temperature, metal fatigue, and metal hardening all come into play for strings, plus neck flexibility and humidity factors.

Strings are usually composed of a winding with another core section and they move around some in relationship with each other and probably expand at different rates as well as they get warm.

Plus moisture from fingers gets in there, and bridge saddles and neck nuts are made up of other materials and like to be played to settle in the strings as they go over the top of them.

and then there are the gremlins...

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