The G FORCE™ instruction manual and support documentation pretty much covers all aspects of operation; still, questions do occasionally arise. Below are some of the more common user questions.


Gibson G Force Okay, so you’ve just brought your new guitar home and tried G FORCE™ for the first time—but the automated tuning process seems a tad slow. No worries. Like any battery, the G FORCE™ battery will gradually lose its charge when it sits for an extended period. Simply recharge the battery (especially if the BAT LED is yellow or red) and you’ll be good to go. Once the battery is charged, you should be fine for approximately 100 tunings before needing to recharge. And incidentally, if you ever find yourself onstage with an uncharged battery, you can simply tune G FORCE™ manually. Just be sure to turn G FORCE™ off prior to doing so.


You’ve activated G FORCE™, it’s tuned the open strings, and now you’re giving your rhythm chops a thorough workout. Trouble is, when you fret, the chords seem slightly out of tune. Most likely this situation points to guitar issues—most of them easily remedied—that are unrelated to G FORCE™. The strings might need to be replaced, or there could be a minor intonation problem. Also, keep in mind that guitars are sensitive to temperature variations. A guitar that’s just been removed from a hot (or cold) vehicle, and then immediately tuned, might go slightly out of tune as it reverts to room temperature. Of course, G FORCE™ can take care of that situation very quickly.

Strings (more)

Gibson G Force G FORCE™ accommodates any string gauge up to a maximum of .013/.052. Keep in mind, however, that after changing gauges, you should re-calibrate your guitar (a simple procedure, as described on page 15 of the Owner’s Manual). In fact, it’s generally a good idea to re-calibrate after any restringing—especially if you switch string brands. And it’s crucial to anchor the strings properly as you restring, following the procedure described on pages 6-8 of the Owner’s Manual.

Live Performance

G FORCE™ offers two tuning modes, multi-string and single-string. But why even bother with the single-string tuning mode, given that multi-string G FORCE™ tuning is so convenient? The answer is simple: in loud environments (a noisy bar, for instance), single-string tuning does a better job of resisting ambient noise, and hence is more precise. Note, however, that in a live situation you have the option to trade off a slight bit of tuning accuracy in favor of faster tuning (see page 15 of the Owner’s Manual). However even at the fastest G FORCE™ tuning speed, the accuracy is precise enough that few, if any, people can detect a difference. Some players, for instance, choose maximum tuning accuracy in the studio while maximizing tuning speed onstage.

Additional Tips

· Besides keeping the battery charged, G FORCE™ requires no mechanical user maintenance. Keep in mind, however, that you can perform a G FORCE™ “reset” should the need ever arise (see page 14 of the Owner’s Manual).

· Replacement parts such as an extra battery and a spare string cap are available at the tech store.

· If you misplace your G FORCE™ documentation, simply go here to download instruction manuals and other articles.

· Never attempt to retrofit G FORCE™ on a guitar for which it wasn’t designed. G FORCE™ is a precision device, and as such, requires specific tools and procedures during installation and testing. Please click here to read a statement about retrofitting from Gibson Brands CEO Henry Juszkiewicz.