Help for an old blind man?

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  1. GERARD9415

    GERARD9415 Tele-Meister

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    ok, I am legally blind and have arthritis in my hands, so I bought extra light guitar strings. The problem is restringing my fender telecaster. I finally got the strings thru the plate but now I am having trouble getting the 1st high E string thru the tuning peg. Any suggestions that will help.
     
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    _MementoMori_ Tele-Afflicted

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    Nice try, Big Brother.
    Sorry you're having troubles. Are your tuners vintage style, or modern style with the tiny hole in the post that you have to thread the string through?

    I think you would love vintage style tuners if you don't have them. They're much easier to string.
     
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    Modern style with hole.
     
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    Nice try, Big Brother.
    The only tip I can give is to turn your post so that the opening is lined up with the fretboard before stringing. Then it's just a matter of running the string in a straight line into the post. But if I were you I'd strongly consider vintage style tuners. They're amazing anyway and once you've tried them you'll never want anything else.
     
  5. Mike_LA

    Mike_LA Tele-Afflicted

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    You might upgrade to locking tuners.
    Push the string thru the hole in the post, tighten the locking screw on the back of the tuner, tune up, good to go.
    Best of luck
     
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    Harbinger77 Tele-Meister

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    I’m blind too.

    Locking tuners make string changes easier but they don’t solve all the issues I have.

    sometimes I thread a thicker string through with it so the blockage doesn’t make the thin string bend.
     
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    Have a guitar tech (or a pal who knows how to use tools) drill out the holes in the posts a little larger to make it easier to poke the strings through. Also ask them to use abrasive cord to polish the sharp edges of the drilled holes to make things smooth and prevent cutting the strings.
     
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    Thanks for all the suggestion, I will do my best with them.
     
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    I think you would benefit immensely from having split-shaft vintage type tuners installed and learning to use them as they were intended.
     
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    Could you slip a cocktail straw over the string end and then run that through the tuner?
    I’m just spitballing here, trying to help out.
    Might require getting a friend to go to a bar though- although a wd40 straw would work too.
     
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    Good idea ... I use one through the ferrules of my Carvin to get the strings through them more easily. It should work for tuners too.
     
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    I am blind, too. I do this with the high e with my fender locking tuners.

    Locking tuners are also worth the investment.
     
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