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  • Ibanez AZ Tuning Issues

    I have an Ibanez AZ 2402 prestige that has tuning issues. I did buy the guitar slightly used. It is about 2 months old. The last owner had it strung with 11s. So I restrung with 9s. When you bend up, they go flat. When you dive bomb the tremolo, they go sharp. The g string is the worst. I've owned so many Ibanez guitars over the years and none of them had any tuning issues. The AZ model is the first one. I checked everything from the saddles, to the nut to make sure there was nothing binding up somewhere. No burrs, no ridges. Someone told me that it's binding at the nut. Maybe the nut's not slotted properly? I don't have experience with cutting or slotting nuts and I don't have the proper tools. Even a local tech that's my go-to guy has even refused to look at it. I'm $1600 in the hole with this one. So any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


  • #2
    Originally posted by goldtop5 View Post
    Even a local tech that's my go-to guy has even refused to look at it.
    What was the local tech's excuse?
    Any decent guitar tech should be able to file, hone and lubricate (or if necessary replace) a nut so that it doesn't bind.

    Can you post a close-up picture of the g-string tuner post that shows how you install your strings?


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    • #3
      Originally posted by Helmholtz View Post

      What was the local tech's excuse?
      Any decent guitar tech should be able to file, hone and lubricate (or if necessary replace) a nut so that it doesn't bind.

      Can you post a close-up picture of the g-string tuner post that shows how you install your strings?

      Not sure why. I've been using this guy for years. Maybe he's had bad experience with these guitars?
      Anyways, here's a close-up of the g string post. These are locking tuners.

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      • #4
        Usually a way to test if the nut is binding is tune it up, bend the string hard, it should go flat, then push down on the string between the nut and the tuning machine. If the string goes back up to pitch you know the nut is binding. It may not the the *best* way to do it but I usually just fold some 500 grit sandpaper and run that in the nut slots to open them up. Double it up twice for the thicker strings.

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