What is intonation? | Too Afraid To Ask


in tune with your guitar…

A very straight forward question for this TATA, but also an incredibly important one: "What is Intonation and what difference does it make?"

In short Intonation is the accuracy in pitch of notes on an instrument. For a fretted instrument like a guitar we need to ensure that the individual string lengths are set to match the pre-existing fret spacing, else the guitar will not play in tune everywhere along the neck.

Setting the intonation on your guitar is also very easy, and I've outlined the hows and whys in this video.

Hopefully this one will assist you in setting up your guitar correctly to ensure that it plays in tune the best that it can, despite the inherent problems with frets.