How to Intonate a Gibson SG

Written by mark rutkowski
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How to Intonate a Gibson SG
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The Gibson SG is a lightweight guitar from Gibson, known for its sleek body design, that was introduced in 1961. The SG is built with a fixed bridge. This allows for easy access to all the parts below the pickups. The intonation of a guitar refers to how well each string is in tune. The intonation will need to be checked when string gauge is changed or the height of the action on the guitar is changed.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Flathead screwdriver

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  1. 1

    String the guitar and tune it to standard tuning.

  2. 2

    Tune at the 12th fret, starting with the high E string. If the string is sharp, turn the screw at the back of the saddle with a flathead screwdriver so that it moves away from the neck. If the string is flat, move the saddle toward the neck. Continue to tune at both the 12th fret and open position.

  3. 3

    Repeat with the procedure on the other strings until each string is tuned.

Tips and warnings

  • When moving the saddle, don't move much more than 1/32-inch at a time.

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