311H Pacifica intonation always too sharp

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311H Pacifica intonation always too sharp

Unread post by pacpacpac » Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:22 pm

I have a new 311H pacifica and I'm trying to set an intonation. The process I follow is this, tune the string, fret at 12th fret and check intonation. Across all strings, the intonation is always +10 sharp, whenever I adjust intonation at the bridge to be in line with the open tuning it throws the original open string tuning by 10.

What could be causing this? From reading online it could be an issue with the nut height being too high. What steps should I take to investigate and nail down what is causing this?
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Re: 311H Pacifica intonation always too sharp

Unread post by Buzzard » Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:08 pm

pacpacpac wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:22 pm
I have a new 311H pacifica and I'm trying to set an intonation. The process I follow is this, tune the string, fret at 12th fret and check intonation. Across all strings, the intonation is always +10 sharp, whenever I adjust intonation at the bridge to be in line with the open tuning it throws the original open string tuning by 10.

What could be causing this? From reading online it could be an issue with the nut height being too high. What steps should I take to investigate and nail down what is causing this?
Welcome to the forum and the string section. :D

Was your guitar bought online ?
Most dealers will usually inspect and do a setup before the guitar leaves the shop.

Intonation can be difficult until you fully understand how to do it.
Also, it's a compromise, intonation will never be 100%

You should be able to have the guitar intonate, unless the bridge and/or saddles are installed wrong.
I once owned a guitar where the bridge was too close to the neck, making intonation impossible.

I have never had such a problem with a Yamaha guitar.

Instead of giving you long and confusing written instructions, jump to youtube for tutorials:
:idea: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_ ... e+a+guitar :idea:

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Peter
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Re: 311H Pacifica intonation always too sharp

Unread post by pacpacpac » Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:30 pm

Yes, it was bought online and there was apparently a set up done before it was shipped. There is tons of videos online but I'm looking for suggestions on how to isolate the issue to understand what is causing it and how to resolve it.
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Re: 311H Pacifica intonation always too sharp

Unread post by Buzzard » Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:50 pm

pacpacpac wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:30 pm
Yes, it was bought online and there was apparently a set up done before it was shipped. There is tons of videos online but I'm looking for suggestions on how to isolate the issue to understand what is causing it and how to resolve it.
Setup before shipping usually don't survive the actual trip, it's close, but usually a bit off.
If I could actually see your bridge and saddles, I'm sure I can see what needs adjusting.
Try to send a picture, make sure that your neck is straight with a tiny bit of relief.

Which string is not intonating ? more than one ?

If the pitch at 12th. fret is too sharp, move the saddle back.

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