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That string thing...

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Dan German, Jan 28, 2021.

Do you enjoy changing strings?

  1. It is the highest form of meditation. Ommmmm...

    17 vote(s)
    23.0%
  2. It is a necessary evil.

    31 vote(s)
    41.9%
  3. It is a fine way to entertain my cat(s).

    10 vote(s)
    13.5%
  4. Changing what?

    1 vote(s)
    1.4%
  5. NO! I just changed them last year, would you get off my back?!?

    14 vote(s)
    18.9%
  6. I have people to do that for me.

    1 vote(s)
    1.4%
  1. Dan German

    Dan German Doctor of Teleocity

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    Just put a guitar back together, put new strings on it, and got to thinking. How many of you enjoy stringing guitars? I know it’s going to vary widely; some of you are pros, some have only one guitar, some have all the guitars...

    I think it’s worth a poll!

    EDIT: Bacon is not a choice, because I am a vegetarian.
     
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  2. Fretting out

    Fretting out Poster Extraordinaire

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    Necessary evil

    When you have more than a couple guitars it gets kind of monotonous
     
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  3. Dan German

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    Fair enough. I have five in regular rotation. Three 6 string electrics, one 6 string acoustic, one 12 string acoustic. And a mandolin. For me it’s meditation, but I’d feel differently if I ever replaced the strings on my autoharp. :eek:
     
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  4. buster poser

    buster poser Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    Restrung all six axes in the house over New Year’s weekend: One nylon plus two steel string acoustics, Tele, Jag, and Mustang bass.

    I honestly enjoy it, and I always detail the guitar and spot check setup while I’ve got it on the bench.

    The Tele is at least every month, usually two weeks. The others I go by feel.
     
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  5. Fretting out

    Fretting out Poster Extraordinaire

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    I’ve had my twelve string for a year or so now and haven’t mustered up the guts to change its strings

    Although they still sound good

    Probably take half an hour to do
     
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  6. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    I voted necessary evil....only because if I said how I really felt I'd prolly get banned.
    I had a colonoscopy last year, and it was more fun than changing strings.
     
  7. Fretting out

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    This here is a situation where I do the same and can enjoy string changes

    It’s when one busts out of nowhere and I’m in a groove that I get perturbed
     
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    It needs to be done. On guitars that have a regular play routine it’s a thing that must be done. I hate old dead strings, especially those that go dead during a gig. Better to replace often than have that dead string experience, even once
     
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  9. northernguitar

    northernguitar Friend of Leo's

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    I sit between 1&2. I don’t necessarily look forward to it, but I’m not at all bothered to do it.
     
  10. Geo

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    I really enjoy the outcome. Installation is okay though.
     
  11. MarkieMark

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    What we have here is an example of the classic first world problem IMO.

    Have spares?
    Feel lucky.

    When I was a kid....
     
  12. Lucius Paisley

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    I bought locking tuners for the purpose of "quick string changes". I bought strings over a week ago.

    Haven't even opened the packet.

    Found my tuner though.
     
  13. Shnook

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    I loathe the process. Thankfully I don’t sweat and the Thomastik Infeld Blues Sliders I use last me a solid year or more so by the time they need changing it’ll be time for a setup. ;-)
     
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    Just tuning an autoharp is enough of a curse.

    Propofol is a wonderful drug.
     
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    I’m, ahem, a pro string changer.
    My eons working in music stores, pawn shops and gigging have honed my string changing skills.
    I’m going to restring my avatar guitar later this evening.
    It’s got work to do.
    My cat, Arlene is very helpful when I restring my guitars!
     
  16. newtwanger

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    Just put my Broadcaster replica back to correct flatwounds the morning. Smiled the whole job through.
     
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    Not saying I possess your expertise, Bill.....but I'm fairly adept at changing strings.
    I still HATE doing it though. ;););)
     
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    I don't love it, but I can do it without much attention, and i LOVE new strings.
     
  19. telemnemonics

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    Brother in law gave me a hand crank string winder 14 years ago and I only noticed the crank comes off a year or so back.
    Chucked it in one of my smaller driver drills and now string changing is a breeze.

    Plus I have an actual bin for string sets so I can find the right strings quickly.

    Gotta put strings on my 12 string though and I set that aside quite a while ago with strings slack to do some work on. Voted #2.
     
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  20. gregulator450

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    I voted "necessary evil" only because it's not the "highest form of meditation" every time I do it. I do deeply enjoy the process. Granted, I change a lot more strings for other people than for myself, and on my own guitars I find it a bit tedious because when I grab my guitars I just want to play. I'm a bit like the mechanic whose own dream car sits on blocks or in boxes in his garage forever because once he's done building everyone else's dream car he is too tired to work on his own.

    In the past eight years I've worn out an Ernie Ball Power Peg, and my Power Peg Pro is about to give up the ghost. Those two tools have added a great deal of pleasure to the process, and my kids love playing with them too. Apparently they don't wind up light switches, screws, and legos very well, but they are perfect for guitars and basses...
     
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