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Strings slip The strings slip often, causing it to need retuning - happens within 10 minutes of playing (at least 1 string goes out of tune). Strings also slip while tuning - need to turn a peg more than 5 or so degrees before pitch changes (and it overshoots). Taylor installed a new nut. Still busted. Any ideas? Thanks, Sol

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That is a discontinued model.
Check which way it is losing tuning. If from the machine heads, very unusual, try an extra turn on the tuning bar. If the string is slipping at the bridge end, check the fitting of the strings.
If you make a mark with a felt tip pen on the 12th fret position on the string, see which way it moves.

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