What's with the string ends?

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  1. Strat Jacket

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    I've been playing for 50+ years now, and never have been able to 'get' the concept of either leaving the untrimmed ends on a guitar's strings, all helter-skelter and all, just waiting to shish-kabob an unwary eyeball; or all wound up in neat little circles. I mean, wire cutters can be had at the Home Depot for under 5 bucks; leave 'em in your case (right next to the fingernail clippers). Is this a 'thing' people do to look cool, a blind-cult following (I do it 'cuz he does it) or what?
    What reasons would people have for not trimming their string ends?
     
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    I trim string ends close to the post with a Park cable cutter (bicycle tool) after I see that tuning is stable. The Park cable cutter makes a very smooth cut that doesn’t have a chisel tip and doesn’t cause unwinding issues.
     
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    I don't clip mine immediately, just in case I need to make any adjustments after restringing. I usually clip them after a week or so. When I assemble a partscaster, kit or cigar box guitar, it's usually a longer time because the likelihood of adjustments is higher. I'll coil them up to avoid poking.
     
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    My daughter and I were watching something on Netflix the other day - I don't remember what. Someone had an acoustic with untrimmed strings. I was cringing - she noticed and asked it if was the "strings hanging out".

    My wife then came in, and said "Oh, I hate that! Is there a reason they have all the extra string up there?"

    Yeah, I don't get it either. I would rather be scratched by the stubs than have the "whips" on the head.
     
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    It's part of my tone...


    I use to do that, because one time I trimmed the string and it slipped out.
    I use locking tuners on everything but the Paul now, so I trim right away.
     
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    My brother came up with a long explanation for coiling them, filled with technical terms on how it enhances the tone. He loved to explain it to people who asked. :p
     
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    I pre-cut my strings before installation.
    I don’t get the “haywire” string end thing.
    I also don’t see it much, anymore.
    Getting a blood test while playing sucks.
    When I was young it was fairly common to see string ends waving around on headstocks.
    Some guys used em, as (lit) cigarette holders.
    Some people’s kids!
     
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    When I was starting out, I saw a guitarist in a local band who had the string ends done in little circles. I thought it looked cool and was the "pro" thing to do so the next time I restrung my guitar I did the same thing. I did it exactly one time -- a real PITA -- and have been happily using my wire cutters ever since.
     
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    It’s punk rock!
     
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    I'm going with "YES".
     
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    I dealt with that for over fifty years. I would usually "clip" the ends close to the tuner post, because those things can be dangerous. Three+ years ago, I got my Warmoth neck for my Telecaster, and installed Wilkinson "Kluson-style" tuners with split shafts.....where have they been all my life!????? These are GREAT. I feel they secure the string better to the tuner post, and NO STRING END STICKING OUT!!!! Win-Win. ;)
     
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    I've always ascribed it to laziness.
     
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    Blind Cult -- geddit?
     
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    When I was a kid I kept that extra string length for making splices. Strings was expensive and I didn't have no car.
     
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    I think the string ends rolled in a circle looks cool. very 1970 hippie. but it's way too much trouble - that's an hour or two you could be playing. but the unrolled, uncut string ends? no way.
     
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    Yup. "We'll keep an eye out for ya"...
     
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    That might actually make sense...
     
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    If anything, I would think it might add weird harmonics that could get picked up during recording by an open mic...which could be good OR bad. Like a dog whistle (depends on which side of the whistle you are)
     
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    Yep. Probably for the following reasons:

    a) Can't be bothered to trim them.
    b) Too broke to afford things like wire cutters.
    c) "They might poke you in the eye? GOOD!"
     
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