Changing Strings

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  1. Scattergun2570

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    I absolutely stink at this..especially that 1st E,cant tell you how many I have broken trying. Is there a good close up video of proper string installation?
     
  2. scooteraz

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    Do you have split tuners or hole through?
     
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    Try frets.com
     
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    The key to making it easier is after you put each string through the back of the body or the bridge or whatever and extend it along the neck toward the tuners, put a capo on it down toward the nut. That’ll hold the majority of the string in it’s place while you deal with just the slack in the remaining end of the string as you wind it around the tuner.
     
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  6. Scattergun2570

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    Hole
     
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    Well who says you can't learn something, never heard before that the last winding should be on the bottom, maybe I do that and dont realise, will have to check.
     
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    Thanks I like the Reverb demo best,,makes the most sense to me.
     
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    Never thought of that, so obvious when someone points it out! Thanks, next time...........What gets me every time, which is thankfully not often, is changing nylon strings on a classical guitar. They slip at the bridge end, slip on the tuners and then take 30 mins and 150 turns each to even think about staying in tune.
     
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    For standard classical guitar strings (especially the unwound 'nylon' trebles..) one way to circumvent the slippage problem is by using tie beads (Google 'classical guitar tie beads'). Typical cost for set of 6/7 is about 12-15EUR. They work really well with standard diameter treble strings (including most titanium variants), but might take a little extra creativity in fixing the thinner carbon trebles (say, the high e carbons which are typically .024" in diameter, instead of the usual .028")

    Most work about the same. I prefer the hardest material possible. You'll get a slightly increased break angle across the saddle on most strings, which on many guitars, will tend to enhance sound.
    Oh, and they're easier and quicker to deal with at the tie block too!

    FYI, hope that helps.

    Stay safe out there.

    Oh, and a PS:

    A typical nylon string set will take a day or two of constant checking/adjusting to reach a stable tune -- not uncommon at all. And, double check the string slots in the nut. Most factory guitars are notoriously deficient when it comes to correct nut shape, string slot depth/width, etc. The strings could be binding in the string slot.
     
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    All useful info, thanks. Didn't help that having everything else with six a side tuners when I finally got the top E to hold.................................it was on the top! Nut is good, we're talking a 30+ year old Yamaha that sees little use.
     
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    I'm pretty bad at changing strings. Hard to do for me without drawing blood. That damned G is a menace.

    Except yesterday I changed the strings on my new Ed O'Brien Strat with split tuners. How are these not a thing anymore?
     
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    +1, More down force on the nut and looks better to boot...
     
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    I can do a string change faster on a guitar with split tuners than on a guitar with locking tuners...
     
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    Lots of “split” tuners on anything Fender remotely considers “vintage”. I have them on a TVL Jazzmaster and a MIM vintage player Jaguar with them. I agree with those who like them. Why don’t we see them in a 3 + 3 configuration?
     
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    IMO the simplest and best method for restringing hole-through tuners. Rock solid.

     
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    I love split tuners. They make changing super easy. And I hate changing strings, so whatever makes it even slightly easier is great.
     
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    I've always used capo to hold the new string tight while I fiddled around with the other end, as someone mentioned above. On some guitars - Rickenbackers for example with that odd bridge - I jam a foam wedge in there to hold the bridge end of the string tight. I use ones that were intended for makeup removal - got 'em from the female side of our bathroom.
     
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    New product opportunity...
     
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