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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Strat Jacket, Jul 25, 2019.
UMPG Music blocked it.
Besides, the string cutoffs make great motorcycle carb jet cleaning tools. Just sayin'...
You reminded me of a TV performance (years ago) I saw of Leo Kottke.....intimate acoustic twelve string, with TWELVE uncut string ends sticking out. He finished a song with "waggling" the guitar neck, making those string ends shake and rattle.... almost like windchimes.
I clip mine before I insert them into the post, whether they are Fender vintage style or the normal hole through the post. I know how much I need for the wraps and I don't recall ever having tuning issues that could be solved by having extra string. Not sure what the theory is there.
But yes, I absolutely hate seeing the excess, no matter how it's presented .
When I was young, er, I played a lot of camp fires. I was young and often didn't have many spare strings. I was also un-mic'ed, so I tried to play Loud, ya know? So I often broke strings.
The strings almost always broke at the bridge, so if I had left the string untrimmed, I could take the broken off ball and slip it on the broken string end, twist it up, and put the string back on the guitar. Back to entertaining the campers. It worked, really.
Now-a-days, I don't play many campfires. I play the bars. I'm fully mic'ed up, so I can play with finesse (yea right). I haven't broke a string at a gig in years, and my headstocks are very neatly groomed.
BTW - I find headstock tuners and capos on headstocks to look just as awful as fuzzy strings.
One incentive to cut close to the post is when you buy a high-end gig bag, like a Mono or equivalent. Those strings sticking out act like a knife on the top interior cover even though they do put a protective layer there. Ask me how I know this...
Is that the CN 10?
The only time I don't cut off the ends of strings is if I replace one on a gig and don't have clippers with me. But it gets clipped as soon as I get home.
I had always cut the ends fairly close to the post until I saw a picture of Neil Young circa 1970 and his strings were uncut.
After that I left them dangling , that lasted a couple years, then I started trimming them again, never stopped since.
Back in the day, all us neighborhood guys thought leaving string ends uncut made us look like busy musicians who didn't have the time to cut them because we were too busy gigging.
You brought up a great point at least guitar strings are in their natural habitat on a headstock, I cannot stand seeing a tuner clipped on a headstock! especially when not being used for tuning.
It’s almost like a sign of being a musician today If a tuner is clipped on your headstock
( might not be able to play but it sure looks cool )
Clipping the strings definitely affects tone negatively. It's all down to quantum mechanics, and the space/time continuum. That's why I leave mine infinitely long. Obviously, if I left 20cm of string coiled up on the headstock there would be a clipped end in there sucking the tone out of my special sound.
Now, how does that pesky F chord go again?
I suspect it was done often after a quick string Chang before a show. I use the holes in the tuner for my Tele and cut everything else. If I’m not performing I leave the strings uncut fir a day. I’m told it helps with settling the strings. Is that true?
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I like to weave mine together in a macrame pattern. So what?
+1 Yup, musicians like to be different and like to look cool, so some just have the need to let those strings hangout.
BTW, not too many one eyed guitarists out there. Hey, just an observation.
A friend of mine once had a string end get stuck in the grill of a live microphone during a particularly subdued atmospheric song in front of about 1500 people. He was basically frozen in place for the next five minutes. So, yeah, cut those strings closely, kids.
i clip them.i don't care what others do.
I don't trim them until I know the guitar is set up properly. That way I can take them off and restring it if I need to. If I'm not working on a guitar though I need to trim them, half of it being the pokey issue and the other half being my OCD.
Robert Fripp does not know what you are complaining about! He leaves whacky bent-over ends on his strings...
...and a clip on tuner too by the looks of it...
I always cut them before winding - using two tuner post as a general measure except going shorter on the big strings. I leave a very tiny amount of that cut string protruding...
but I have to say the best string system is the vintage tuners where you stick the end down the hole. Neat and effective.
At least the front of the headstock (probably) is tidy....