Originally Posted by backporch guy
On the 1st and second strings, especially, I do a couple of wraps by hand before winding the tuning key. Then I get a good string winder and wind that sucker fast before the string can figure out what you're doing and pop out of the hole.
. I generally stretch the string tight and cut the string the length of 2 posts above the intended tuning post.
I tried this with a used string, that was impossible to "uncurl." Geez, that was a lesson in patience. With a fresh new string, seems its not quite as tough, but still gives people some trouble. Thanks! Good food for thought!