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I have an Epifhone SG special, red When I play on the top of the neck the pitch can change up to half a tone. Only by picking a tone on the top it is is very sensibel. I noticed the arm moves a lot more than my other guitarrs. Is this normal with this model? If so can I do something about this? Gustaf Gullander

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You mention an "arm" but the websites do not show any "arm" on the SG specials... If you mean a bender arm, your guitar has probably been modified and maybe done so incorrectely. The problem sounds like one of "intonation" which has to do with the lengthwise positions of the saddles at the bottom although a hallf tone is a lot to be in error from this. Watch videos on YouTube about guotar setup or take iit to a guitar shop to have it setup correctly. You can DIY this.

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