What do you use to hold headstock when Changing Strings?

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  1. Jamie Black

    Jamie Black Friend of Leo's

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    My lap works just fine. If I'm stuck changing my brother's Les Paul's strings I put a bath towel on the coffee table and let the headstock dangle about 6 or 7 inches off the edge.
     
  2. telleutelleme

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    Another vote for dining room table and bath towels. I usually clean the fretboard and any other minor adjustments at the same time, so lap isn't useful unless I just broke one.
     
  3. BartS

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    Lap and I use a string winder bit in a screwgun/drill takes about 2 miniutes.
     
  4. kp8

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    you people are weird.

    I sit in a chair and put the guitar between my legs to change this strings. Guitar butt on the floor or on my shoes my head looking down at the head stock. Almost 40 years been doing it that way never occurred to me to put the thing on the table or cradle it with something fancy.
     
  5. Big Tony

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    Lap.

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    I use locking tuners and don't wrap anything, just pull tight, lock and snip off the excess
     
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    I have my wife hold it :eek:
     
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    I have one of the Fender things pictured but I don't often make it down to my cluttered work bench. So the floor, table, my lap whatever.
     
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    Sofa and rolled up towel here. I was tempted a while back to get one of those rolled up Fender mats, but they were a bit pricey at 50 GBP.
     
  10. kelnet

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    My guitar tech does it for me.
     
  11. Badabing

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    You are the Man!
    I should of thought of that option before!:D
     
  12. perttime

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    What?!?!
    You have to have a device for holding the guitar while changing strings?
     
  13. goonie

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    About two minutes huh. YouTube or it didn't happen.
     
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    I've seen actual guitar hero folks change strings on stage with the guitar more-less in the playing position. ...Makes you imagine it could be done with all 6 strings.

    (Me- I use the thing like in the OP picture. Think mine's a StewMac version. Quite handy, versatile.... use it for electric and acoustic restringing and other tinkering. Cheap enough, stores clean and compact, in a tube.... lay it out on table, counter top, floor, wherever there's room. Why not.)
     
  15. kelnet

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    I did that once, during a gig. This was back when a backup guitar was an expensive extravagance.
    The string broke, and after we finished the song, I quickly threaded on a new one while the vocalist bantered with the crowd. Less than a minute to change one string.
     
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    +1, I have a neck cradle I built and use on my workbench when doing real work on my guitars.
    I don't consider changing strings that kind of job.
    Guitar in my lap, hold string and neck with right hand, string winder in left hand. Takes 5 minutes at most to change a set of strings.
     
  17. surfoverb

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    my hot secretary holds it for me
     
  18. flyswatter

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    +1. Helps with the relicing.
     
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    I usually lay the guitar on my lap, but when working on other peoples' instruments I feel like being more careful. I've also found that a Manhasset music stand is just the thing for doing wiring repairs, etc. You can turn it to whatever angle you need. Thank you, WVU.
     
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    This.
     
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