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Tayloway
07-15-2011, 10:06 PM
I've been playing for a few years and I have to tell you... I've only known how to PROPERLY re-string a guitar for about half as long as I've been playing guitar.

http://www.easiestwayguitar.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/winding-the-guitar-string-around-the-post.jpg

Yet I dread any time I have to change strings. I'm paranoid about scratching the headstock. Worried about losing a bridge pin. Paranoid that one of the strings is going to snap and lacerate my jugular, causing me to bleed to death all over my fine acoustic guitar. :P Worried that the sudden shift and tension is going to cause buzzing and whatnot that wasn't there before.

I just hate it. I love the results. Nothing is more satisfying than putting a set of DR Sunbeams on a guitar and knowing that you'll be in fresh string bliss for the next few weeks.

I always feel like I've accomplished something after changing strings on a guitar. Like how I feel after weeding or mowing the lawn.

zabdart
07-15-2011, 10:13 PM
Yeah -- I know how you feel! I hate it, too. I've been playing guitar and changing strings on them since LBJ was president, and I still find every excuse I can to put off changing strings... until they're so dead they're intolerable.
It's a time-consuming and messy process... especially when you give your fingers a puncture wound which bleeds on your guitar.

ljguitar
07-15-2011, 10:18 PM
I've been playing for a few years and I have to tell you... I've only known how to PROPERLY re-string a guitar for about half as long as I've been playing guitar.

http://www.easiestwayguitar.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/winding-the-guitar-string-around-the-post.jpg

Yet I dread any time I have to change strings. I'm paranoid about scratching the headstock. Worried about losing a bridge pin. Paranoid that one of the strings is going to snap and lacerate my jugular, causing me to bleed to death all over my fine acoustic guitar. :P Worried that the sudden shift and tension is going to cause buzzing and whatnot that wasn't there before.

I just hate it. I love the results. Nothing is more satisfying than putting a set of DR Sunbeams on a guitar and knowing that you'll be in fresh string bliss for the next few weeks.

I always feel like I've accomplished something after changing strings on a guitar. Like how I feel after weeding or mowing the lawn.
Hi T-o-way…

I don't use the process you outline, but a simple single wrap above and several wraps below the hole in the shaft (2 below on the bass strings, 4 below on strings three & four, and 6 or more on the trebles)

No 'locking' the string because they don't slip with simple wraps without 'running over them' and then when removing them they are far less likely to puncture fingertips.

I can change them in 5 minutes if I really have to sitting in a chair (not at a bench) but usually just take about 10 minutes during the beginning of a lesson while the student is playing me some of their etudes, exercises, scales and assignments to string one up.

Since I simplified the process I actually kind of enjoy it (unless it's a slot head).

edman
07-15-2011, 10:26 PM
I don't mind restringing - I hate spending money on strings. I'm cheap. :D

Thrillhouse
07-15-2011, 10:32 PM
I change my strings on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and don't mind at all. I usually spend about 30 minutes doing it because I take my time and clean the fretboard, break the strings in, etc. I just watch an episode of The Simpsons or something else while I'm doing it and then I'm done. Actually if I could get a job just restringing guitars all day long that would be fine with me, given that I made at least $25 a guitar!

Nina
07-15-2011, 10:33 PM
Since there is nothing any of us can do about the unavoidable need to change strings, I try a) not to think about it and b) reward myself by listening to music, or talking with friends, or watching part of a movie to distract myself from the dreaded chore, until I am ready to tune!!!! It really helps!!! :wink:

dodge
07-15-2011, 10:40 PM
I know some guitarist that will take there guitar to the local music shop and have someone change there strings for them rather than do it themselves.

Landru
07-15-2011, 11:13 PM
And I know some guitarists that take their guitar into the music shop to get it tuned.

Tayloway
07-15-2011, 11:40 PM
I've gotten very good at tuning by ear. Don't mind tuning at all unless the guitar has issues that cause it to have difficulty staying in tune...

Glennwillow
07-16-2011, 12:17 AM
Two things have helped me with restringing guitars.

The most important was my purchasing an Ernie Ball battery powered string winder: http://www.stringsandbeyond.com/erbapobapost.html When I first saw these for sale, I wondered why anyone would need one. Then I watched one in use and realized how much more control a person has with this powered string winder. The control helps keep a person from nicking up the headstock.

The 2nd thing that helps me is wearing some very lightly powered (1.25X magnification) reading glasses. They help me see what I'm doing better and protect my eyes, just in case.

The string winder is by far the biggest help.

Regards, Glenn

Thrillhouse
07-16-2011, 12:45 AM
And I know some guitarists that take their guitar into the music shop to get it tuned.

Seriously? Wouldn't this be a daily trip?

DanielT
07-16-2011, 12:56 AM
Fortunately, I don't care for the sound of new strings.

I've been known to keep a set on for months. If I know I'm going to play out, ahead of time, I change them at least 2-3 days before, and play a lot. I hate surprise offers to play because then I have to change 'em, stretch the hell out of them and wail really hard for a while to deaden them up enough for me.

It's so much less a pain with the locking tuners on my Strat. I can change a set of strings in 5 minutes. That's including time to stretch them out a bit. The fact that it's easier doesn't matter though. If I'm just jammin' they'll stay on for a month easy before I think of changing them.

A month's about average for both guitars.

Landru
07-16-2011, 02:20 AM
Thrillhouse; Amazing, but true. Went in before gigs.

Fliss
07-16-2011, 02:22 AM
I hate it, I just find it a real chore! I do like the result, though.

Fliss

310Taylor
07-16-2011, 02:44 AM
yup, I hate it. I also love the result though. If Im playing out I always change strings. But, when im just jammin at home, man i am lazy about changing them. I basically leave them on till they break. ITs a shame bc I know im missing out on that new string tone. Its a real struggle being a guitar player :)

Scanbran
07-16-2011, 03:15 AM
I hate it too and dread having to do it.

I always, ALWAYS cut my fingers on a string end or two, the cut pieces of old strings invariably get lost under a chair only to resurface painfully under bare feet later, and I can't for the life of me manage to get the string wound neatly at the post - it always looks like a plate of spaghetti up there.

:mad:

ship of fools
07-16-2011, 08:33 AM
Still after 40+ years I still hate changing out strings, I am just grateful that I have a reduced bunch, but 7 is sometimes to many in a day ( better all at once ) ship

mcrofutt
07-16-2011, 08:53 AM
Someone beat me to it, but my first though was, wait till you've been doing it for 45 years.
Gigging guitars get frequent string changes so there is little or no breakage at a gig.
Home play guitars get changes once a year if they're lucky.
Certain instruments now get coated strings (Elixir Nanoweb), which, for me anyway, far outlast uncoated.

Steely Glen
07-16-2011, 09:04 AM
I like changing strings. It's that same DIY satisfaction as mowing my lawn or changing the oil in my vehicles. I use Elixirs pretty much exclusively, so I don't change them that often.

+1 on Glenwillow's string winder. I bought an adapter from Stew Mac that fits into my cordless drill/electric screwdriver. It was about $4 and works like a charm. I see Taylor using the same thing in their factory videos.

Fatstrat
07-16-2011, 09:09 AM
I don't mind it. Don't look forward to it either. Tend to put it off until long after it needed done.

Tony Burns
07-16-2011, 09:15 AM
I have a great solution for you !

Send me your guitars (and postage paid return ) ( with a set of strings ) and ill put them on for you -of course to do it right i have to play them in for a week or so- but ill do a good job and you will get your guitar back -ready to go !

elpenguinoloco
07-16-2011, 09:20 AM
I still don't know how :confused: had them done about 6 months ago at my local music shop and watched in awe as the guy chatted me up while doing a lightning-quick restringing job... so yeah--scary, intimidating--maybe time for a new set... back to the shop!

Brackett Instruments
07-16-2011, 09:28 AM
I like changing strings. It's that same DIY satisfaction as mowing my lawn or changing the oil in my vehicles.......................................... .........................................


I hate mowing my lawn, and changing oil in my vehicle. Even worse is changing oil in my mower:D:D:D

naolslager
07-16-2011, 09:55 AM
I LOVE restringing my guitars! It's one of those mundane but yet sublime chores for me. I also like shucking corn. Weird I know.

Fatfingerjohn
07-16-2011, 10:27 AM
See

http://www.taylorguitars.com/global/pdfs/Steel_restring.pdf

I've never had the problems mentioned particularly since I follow this method; key I think is to cut the string to the right length BEFORE you start winding it. (I used to wind them first then cut them which was messy and awkward).

I also use a simple little device which is a peg winder; its plastic, costs about 3 and the Jim Dunlop one has a neat little shape on one end to ease the bridge pins out without using any metal and thus protect the bridge.

http://www.guitar.co.uk/accessories/maintenance/912-jim_dunlop_pegwinder_for_guitar

The winder saves a bit of time, particularly when I change strings on my 12 string.

Personally I don't see the point of having a nice guitar and keeping worn out strings on them, but each to their own.....

Andromeda
07-16-2011, 10:34 AM
I have been playing nearly 30 years and I hate restringing guitars too. When I owned my W65 12 string every 6 months or so I would take the guitar to my local guitar tech for a neck adjustment and would have them restring my 12 string at the time.

AtlJohn
07-16-2011, 10:53 AM
For years my only guitar was a 12-string. Sigh.

Yeah, i hate re-stringing.

I've bought 3 guitars in the past 3 months, and haven't strung any of them. I sold one while it still had new strings on it, and i've had the other 2 restrung as they were set up.

NSD is worth the payoff once they're on there, but i wish there was another way...

el_kabong
07-16-2011, 10:58 AM
And I know some guitarists that take their guitar into the music shop to get it tuned.

That's great. You're "a pill" as my mom would say. I'll add this: I know some people who buy "Guitar Hero" and think they're really playing a guitar.:)

I concur with what most everyone has said. It's a chore with a happy outcome. I like my string well-broken in, but there is joy to getting to that point too. Actually, one of the biggest problem with having "too many" (?!?!?) guitars is keeping up with it. I just don't know how some folks keep up.

sega62
07-16-2011, 11:26 AM
And I know some guitarists that take their guitar into the music shop to get it tuned.


hahahah, good one!
I'm laughing like crazy!

string1399
07-16-2011, 11:44 AM
I find that changing strings is one of those tasks that's actually kind of therapeutic.

John