How do You do it?

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by jarpat, Apr 18, 2019.

  1. jarpat

    jarpat Tele-Meister

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    Headstock and string ends?

    Leaving the whole string uncut might be not so dangerous, but looks really messy and "hippie".
    Cutting the extra string away guarantees that some day it will puncture your finger tip.

    I do not like too much of "Jacksons or Floyd Roses", but stringing them is clever. Because You can not get the string end (with the ball) through the bridge hole, I've stringed it through the tuning axel. The ball stays there on the headstock and on the bridge I just cut away the extra and stick the string end in to the bridge - no worries there!

    But on a "normal" guitar - how do You do with the string ends? Leave it messy, or dangerous - or something else?

    Of course there's the ideal fender shaft too where You can "hide" the string end inside the tuning pole, but that's something I don't have on every guitar..

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  2. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity

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    Haha I stick to Fenders with the vintage style split shafts so I never have the ends giving me trouble!
    I do have a few without the split and just cut the ends as short as possible to avoid punctures.
    There's always locking tuners to hide the ends, and I'm looking for a set of aluminum Sperzels for a LP with Grovers on it.
     
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    awasson Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    All of my Fenders have split shaft vintage and surprise surprise, my first real guitar, an Ibanez Artist Series semi-hollowbody came with hybrid tuners that are split and also have a hole like regular tuners. I use them as split shaft and have no worries.
     
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    beagle Friend of Leo's

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    I don't own any "normal" guitars. ;)
     
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    Chunkocaster Friend of Leo's

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    Vintage split shaft tuners here so no problems, on my grover tuner guitars I cut the string as close as possible to the post. I do the z bend thing so no troublesome knots to hamper the string ends being close to the shaft.
     
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    VintageSG Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    On sub-normal guitars that insist on displaying hypodermic weaponry, I snip to around 3-5mm after stretching out and tuning to pitch, then bend the offending stabulata at 90 degrees downwards. This ensures the fluffy case liners and my delicate fingers remain unviolated.
     
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  7. Matthias

    Matthias Tele-Afflicted

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    Split shaft is nice and neat... all tuners should be like that!

    Other tuners, snip them off and bend inwards around the post so you don’t cut your hand while turning the pegs!
     
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    LKB3rd Friend of Leo's

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    I spin the ends into a little pigtail around the peghead(doubling back opposite direction to lock it in place), then cut it with an inch or so of curl. This gives it some suspension and movement so if it pokes me it won't go straight in like a hypodermic needle!
     
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  9. T Prior

    T Prior Poster Extraordinaire

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    non fender posts, short leader, 5 wraps minimum with continued tension.

    Neat and clean
     
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    Ive grown to really like vintage fender style tuners.


    If I dont hace one of those, I usually leave a little tail (few mm) and then fold/kink the the tail tightly to the tuner shaft.

    Keep dem sharpies from poke'n!
     
  11. Jupiter

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    Locking tuners, cut nearly flush. Some of the tuners I have actually snip the end automatically when you tighten em. No pokies.
     
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    If the split is present, I’ll use it. Either way I try to limit excess wraps to 2-3 turns. Each string gets one over and 2 under the string connection.
     
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    Those cut strings ends can rip the heck out of the inside of a gig bag too.
    I cut the ends with enough room left to bend them in towards the headstock with needle nose pliers; like this. (usually a little shorter than pictured)
    Don't let them touch the headstock itself and scratch it.
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    S Mac
     
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    I use the knot method of securing the strings, minimal wraps and then use diagonal flush cutters to cut as tight to the mess as possible. I have one pair of cutters that are used for only this purpose. They sit in my guitar maintenance toolbox. This has worked for me for a good number of years now.
     
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    I cut the excess string with wire cutters. Not any special guitar tool...just plain old hand held non-powered wire cutters. Haven’t been injured yet!
     
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    On my non-locking, I wrap as little as possible and cut to within 3/8.

    On my locking, I cut as close to flush as possible and try to keep less than 1 whole wrap around the post, much better tuning stability that way.
     
  17. Moriarty

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    You can cut the excess string?
    How have I missed this?
    Kidding aside I usually just cut the excess off all but the low E, which I make a loop out of because I know it annoys other guitarists. Yes
     
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    I cut them to about 1/4 inch, then use needle-nose pliers to bend the pokey ends into a question-mark shape to avoid bloodshed.
     
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    Why have those dangerous pokers,, how about none? I got this tip from Steve Kimock.

    Lots of wraps
    Wrap a few winds on the high side of the pegs string/hole, then the rest of the wraps go underneath the string/hole. Break the string by tight circular movements at the base where excess string meet the hole.

    No pokers and excellent grip, if done correctly there's no need to tighten up any slack or 'stretch', just tune and go on stage.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/K5Z8P39yNzZc6kcw7

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/oqLrPVSaHsW2LZcZ7
     
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  20. ronzhd

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    Clip em close on my guitars with out split shafts, and get them close to the post. Rarely get bit anymore unless I'm not paying attention.
     
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