Welcome Guest! To enable all features please Login or Register.

Notification

Icon
Error

Piccolo
Danieljones177@gmail.com
#1 Posted : 6/18/2016 8:30:14 PM
Danieljones177@gmail.com


Groups: Member
Joined: 6/18/2016(UTC)
Posts: 4
Man
Location: Southport, U.K
Hi Folks,
I have just purchased an EWP15Ltd Piccolo guitar which I am extremely pleased with, by and large, but just wanted to discuss a point.
I bought it largely as a practice guitar as it is small enough to take to work & play in the car at lunchtime.
Consequently one of the things that sold it to me was that it was in standard tuning.
However I have real trouble getting it to stay in tune. And in the end have resorted to tuning it up a whole step.
I've Googled this problem and believe such a short scale length to give inherent tuning problems, and action height can mean that, simply by fretting notes, you're effectively pulling it out of tune.
I'm wondering if the neck would stand going to a higher gauge of strings and maybe flatwound, as that certainly helped the stability of my Epiphone Dot. What gauge do they come with and what could I get away with?
Dieseljones
#2 Posted : 6/19/2016 2:24:46 AM

Groups: Member
Joined: 6/18/2016(UTC)
Posts: 2
Location: Southport
Ha! Sorry but this question appears 3 times because the website kept telling me my post had failed, so I tried twice more!
RIX
#3 Posted : 6/20/2016 10:08:27 PM
RIX


Groups: Member
Joined: 2/8/2010(UTC)
Posts: 496
Man
Location: California
Thanks: 8 times
Was thanked: 56 time(s) in 56 post(s)
Hello Dieseljones,

I saw this on the Ibanez web site and it looks very interesting, but I have not seen one in any of our local guitar shops. I did see a Yamaha that is about the same size and played it; I think it was the APXT2.

I checked the Ibanez web site and it says that this guitar comes with a set of extra light coated 10s. And the factory tuning is 1A, 2E, 3C, 4G, 5D, 6A, so nonstandard tuning.

I'm curious about your tuning issues. I'd do the standard checks and tweaks; like lubricate the nut slots with some pencil graphite, check the for loose tuner hardware (tuner bushings and mounting screws).

If you never done a guitar setup, then take it in and have the string height checked and adjusted if needed and the relief; that is if this guitar has an adjustable truss rod. I didn't see anything about a truss on the web site, so I would be cautious of putting a heavier gauge string on this guitar. Normally you would adjust the truss rod to compensate for the heavier strings.

Lastly verify that the scale length is correct. According to the web site it should be 432mm or 17". If it is off just a bit the intonation will be out and it won't play in tune.

Hope that helps, lets know what you end up doing.
RIX
Dieseljones
#4 Posted : 7/2/2016 8:19:15 PM

Groups: Member
Joined: 6/18/2016(UTC)
Posts: 2
Location: Southport
Hi RIX,
Thanks for that, it's a great help.
Yes, it has got a truss rod.
I may just try taking it from 10s to 11s in flatwound,
and see how that improves things.
It should help the extreme string squeak too.
Users browsing this topic
Guest
Forum Jump  
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.