Do Guitars Come Tuned?


So you just ordered for your first guitar and you can’t hide the excitement. You have been waiting at your door and at last, the guitar is here! But then your excitement is wiped off your face. You just tried it and you are wondering if it was the wrong guitar that was delivered to you or if it just wasn’t tuned before sending it to you. You might then ask the question, do guitars come tuned?

Actually, it is quite hard to say. It is most likely for your guitar to come not in tune but the manufacturers usually tune brand new guitars. This is because while sitting in the showroom, many hands have touched and tested to see if the guitar is the one but ended up not picking it. Guitarists tune and retune to fit their taste before leaving it. This and many other reasons are why the guitar comes returned. 

So, don’t worry, you have the right guitar sent to you. Tuning the guitar is one of the first things expected of you to do to your new guitar.There are several reasons why the guitar comes detuned. Mentioned earlier is the number of guitarists trying to find “the one” for them while it was sitting in the showroom. Here are a couple more.

Guitar Shop

Manufacturers decision

Some manufacturers prefer delivering their guitars not tuned. They loosen the strings for some safety reasons.

Tuning pegs

Tuning pegs are those tiny knobs used to tighten or loosen the strings. After purchase, the guitar is packaged inside a box for delivery and stays that way until it gets to its location. During 3transport, road bumps and the movement of the vehicle will cause the instrument to shake in the box. With this movement, it is inevitable for the pegs to turn from their initial position to another. This turning changes the guitar from tuned to detuned.

Humidity and temperature

Various humidity and temperature issues will arise as the guitar you ordered makes its way from the store to your house.

How? How humidity and temperature affect the guitar is physics. Materials have a propensity to expand as the temperature rises. Strings fall under this general rule too. As the temperature rises, the strings themselves enlarge. A longer string makes a guitar’s tuning looser. Strings with a lower pitch are looser. Additionally, the reverse is true.

A decrease in temperature causes the strings to shorten, which raises the pitch above average. Given the numerous temperature changes, it is normal for a guitar to be out of tune when it arrives at your home.

Humidity also has an impact. In the same way that excessive humidity can lead wood to widen, low humidity can cause wood to shrink. If not carefully watched, that could change the guitar’s original tune.

However, the temperature has the greatest impact.

How To Tune Your Guitar

As a beginner, before eventually getting a guitar, you might have practiced and learned how to tune one with a friend’s guitar or something like that. But for those who haven’t, here’s how to tune your guitar.

Tuning guitar

Step one: tune the 6th string

Tune the thickest open string to a low E string as precisely as you can. It doesn’t need to be flawless. Simply “guess” what sound the thickest string typically makes. (Even if it’s slightly flat or sharp, all the other strings will be tuned relative to this.)

Step two: Tune the fifth string

  • Put your first finger on the fifth fret of the string, which is the thickest. This will produce an “A” note for you that will precisely match the sound of the open fifth string.
  • The fifth string can now be tuned to the note you are holding on the sixth string.  
  • While keeping your finger on the fifth fret, softly pick the sixth string and the open fifth string one after the other, slowly rotating the machine head of the fifth string until the two notes are in unison.
  • Here, you need to pay close attention. When they coincide, the two notes will “resonate.”

Step three: Tune the fourth

We’ll repeat the process here, but with a higher string.

  • Put your first finger on the fifth string’s fifth fret. The pitch is a D. five guitar tuning technique.
  • Pluck the fifth string while maintaining your finger on the fifth fret, followed by the open fourth string.
  • At the same time, turn the machine head on the fourth string until the note of the open fourth string chimes similarly to the note of the fifth fret of the fifth string.

Step four: Tune the third

  • Activate the fourth string’s fifth fret with your first finger. It produces a G note.
  • Pluck the fourth string and open the third string alternatively while rotating the machine head of the third string until the third string is in sync with the fifth fret technique of the fourth string.

Step Five: Tune the 2nd

Here, things are different.

  • Put your first finger on the fourth fret of the G string, which is the third string. The result is a B note.
  • By alternately picking the third string and opening the second string while keeping your finger on the fourth fret, you can get the second string to ring brilliantly with the fourth fret on the third string.

Step Six: Tune the first string

  • Put your first finger on the B string’s fifth fret on the second string. A note is E.
  • Tune the thinnest and final string to that by moving the machine head on the first string once more. Until the tone of the first string dings with the fifth fret of the second string, do not stop.

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Even if luckily, your guitar gets to your doorstep tuned, which is less likely, you would still have to do a couple of checks to ensure that the guitar is good. This means a probable change of strings and tuning, again. I, personally would not bother if my guitar comes detuned because what’s the point of retuning an already tuned guitar.

If the guitar comes tuned, it will keep you from doing the necessary checks to see if your guitar is good.

Sourav Biswas

Music is my life and I love to play guitar so much. It's been a part of me for as long as I can remember. I grew up in a musical family, and my parents were always supportive of my passion for music. I am also a freelance writer who has been writing for over 10 years. I have written for both online and offline publications, including Amazon and Medium.

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