Have you ever owned an electric guitar that just didn’t sound right? Even after restringing and retuning? Some chords sound fine while other chords just sound well…crappy. Even when an electronic tuner tells you the guitar is in tune? I fought with this for a long time. It seemed like I was tuning the guitar more then I was actually playing it.
The answer I found was Intonation. Intonation is one of the most important and effective adjustments you can do to an electric guitar. It is sort of like a “calibration” and once done your guitar will sound the best it possibly can.
Electric guitar intonation can be a bit tricky the first time you attempt it. So if you are a beginner it may be worth the cost of having a guitar tech do the adjustments. If you are good with tools and have the time and patience to learn, below is a step-by-step video that helped me learn the process.