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Old 01-15-2020, 08:40 AM
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Default String change wupsies...

Changing strings on a nylon, such a chore. I do it when it must be done. This morning was that day.

Everything went according to plan until we get to the treble E.

I apparently needed one more tie around at the bridge...

As I was bring that string up to pitch I just here this "Snap"... which was the string uniting and whacking the spruce top right behind the bridge on my Taylor 512NY.

Left a nice little scar about 1/8~1/4" long where the string end made impact. DOH!! We were not amused.

I sometimes I will put a piece of masking tape behind the just for this reason, well didn't do that today.. what a kick in the ..... Maybe I should
have picked another day

.and now we wait while this new set of Savarez Strings settle and stretch.
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Old 01-15-2020, 08:55 AM
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I've done this too. I started slightly melting down the ends of the unwound strings with a lighter to form a small ball to prevent a total slip.

I plan to use the method shown in this Martin guitar clip for my next string change:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx1IG93sEs4
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:20 AM
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It's a common mishap. Melting the ends is what I do too but whats more important is the right amount of wraps. Live and learn, don't beat yourself up over it.
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:51 AM
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yep I know guys, nothing to loose sleep over, it's all part of owning, and USING our instruments. I've been doing this for so long now, I don't know how I did such a noob kind of mishap.

and I had fair warning because I did notice it was slipping, should have stopped right there and retied it. bad assumption made in that it had just "Settled in"..

The bridge bib, great innovation. I usually just put a strip or two of painters tape behind the bridge plate, but that protects both sides. I like it!

anyway, thanks for chiming and all on my daily lament..


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Old 01-15-2020, 10:09 AM
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I've done this too. I started slightly melting down the ends of the unwound strings with a lighter to form a small ball to prevent a total slip.

I plan to use the method shown in this Martin guitar clip for my next string change:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx1IG93sEs4
That is a good method.. it allows a cleaner way to deal with ends at the bridge. I do usually tie them down like that, today I didn't.. Lesson learned there.

and at times I struggle trying with the headstock ties,, that makes it simple I like it..
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Old 01-15-2020, 01:40 PM
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I ordered a set of those string beads. I'm "tie" challenged also, having limited experience with classical unbeaded strings. I could waste my time trying to perfect it vs using beads but I'd rather spend time playing a guitar that is in tune.
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Sorry to hear! We've experienced this before. We have a "Bridge Bib" just for this exact reason:

https://www.stringsbymail.com/string...ges-15618.html
Seen here in your great instructional video too.

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Sorry to hear! We've experienced this before. We have a "Bridge Bib" just for this exact reason:

https://www.stringsbymail.com/string...ges-15618.html
This is a must have for changing classical strings! Goodness knows there are millions of guitar gadgets/accessories that are worthless, this one is worth it's weight in GOLD.
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I also like the string beads. I do not find them more than a little bit faster during string changes, but I feel a lot more confident in the final result.

A bonus is that the beads hide the scar in the finish caused by an inept string change before I discovered the beads.
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