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    Problem with LUKE tuning stability, E-string and tremolo

    Few days ago I got my LUKE. Although the guitar is great I have three problems/questions:

    1) low E
    Even when I play the low-E string softly (open), the note goes sharp and after approx. 0,5-1 seconds flat to E again. With that, playing open E-chord sounds really awful. Is that due to the floating tremolo?

    2) tuning stability
    Even with no tremolo usage, some strings are always out-of-tune after a few minutes of play. I have to retune sometimes up and sometimes down.
    I have stretched already all strings, but the problem still exists.

    3) tremolo float
    I went to the local dealer, who said that the tremolo probably has to much float. By pulling the tremolo, the G-string goes up close to 4 steps, instead of three. He recommended to use another string and get rid of the float.

    Thanks for any hints,
    Martin

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    you may want contact customer service

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    as always, contact CS. they are great!
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    It seems that most problems are due to poor intonation, probably caused during transportation from US to Germany.

    But still, I have no idea why the tuning is so unstable and fragile. Any ideas what I could try?

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    In my experience their are very few guitars don't need some sort of fine tuning and tweaking, I had to very gently polish the nut slots on my Luke with some 2000 grade wet and dry when I got it, now the tuning is very stable, take it to a good tech and he should be able to sort it out easily.. also nut sauce is a very good lubricant and helps a lot..

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    I was having the same problem 1 year ago!

    Read this Thread:

    http://www.ernieball.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9584

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    Make sure you have a new set of quality strings on there and I agree w/gerry, the nut may need some tweaking. I have played Luke's and even w/the floating trem, I never noticed any real tuning issues. Personally, I dont like the floating trem and re-adjusting the trem so that it sits on the top would help your tuning especially if you like to do a lot of bending. Its all preference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christer View Post
    I was having the same problem 1 year ago!

    Read this Thread:

    http://www.ernieball.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9584
    so what was the problem after sending the guitar to the guitar repair ?
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    PROBLEM IS SOLVED !!!!!!!!!

    I went to the next local guitar dealer. After “intensively working” with the tremolo the technician came to the conclusion that the low E-string is the problem. For some reasons the low E-string was absolutely unstable in its tuning causing the whole guitar to loose its tuning.
    He continued with deep-dives and pull-ups of the tremolo and stretched the low E-string for 5 minutes and from one second to the other -like magic- the tuning was absolutely stable.

    Thanks,
    Martin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin M View Post
    PROBLEM IS SOLVED !!!!!!!!!

    I went to the next local guitar dealer. After “intensively working” with the tremolo the technician came to the conclusion that the low E-string is the problem. For some reasons the low E-string was absolutely unstable in its tuning causing the whole guitar to loose its tuning.
    He continued with deep-dives and pull-ups of the tremolo and stretched the low E-string for 5 minutes and from one second to the other -like magic- the tuning was absolutely stable.

    Thanks,
    Martin

    It's amazing what a little string stretching can do for tuning stability. I give my B a good 20 minute workout.

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    Rob! Love your quote... I have owned an EBMM AL MM90 for about 90 minutes. �� It’s the 4th EBMM I’ve owned(2 of the original SUB1’s, and a Luke , and I really like it. Got a deal($1300 CDN) on a 2014. ��
    2015 EBMM Luke

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    Good to hear this was solved. I have a Luke III and I abuse the trem and it always comes back for more!

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    Of all the non-Floyd Roses I've owned, Luke is one of the most tuning-stable, but yes you need good strings with frequent replacement as well as nut lubrication.

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