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(@clockworked)
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How long did it take you to get relatively proficient at making your strings look all neat and prissy looking on the headstock?

I've been playing guitar for awhile now, and I still can't get it. I'm batting close to two for six when it comes to having a string neatly wrapped around the tuner-spool-thing. Granted, I'm using thick strings so that presents a more difficult problem, but still.

Oh, how I am envious of those who can string a guitar neatly and beautifully.

Used to be, was a part of me felt like hiding.. but now it comes through. Comes through to you.


   
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(@indiana_jonesin)
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Got it on my first try. Sorry, bro. I loop the string around the peg, thread it through, pull it snug, then tighten the tuner. Once I'm sure it's not pulling out do I clip off the excess string.

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(@jasonrunguitar)
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Somewhere on the GN site, there's an article that shows you how to string your guitar using these tricky knots that bite down on themselves for extra stability (i.e. your guitar doesn't go out of tune as much), and it took me about 3 or 4 times before I got it down...well, if you don't count my first attempt, which was a disaster wherein I tried tuning the whole guitar an octave up...yikes!

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(@twistedlefty)
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never i guess, mine always look very masculine and well hung. :lol:

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(@dogbite)
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once you wind them pretty do you:

cut the string
curl a loop
leave long and dangly
?

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(@causnorign)
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My first restringing took about an hour, now I get it done in about 15 minutes and it looks pretty good, those skinny strings the B & lo E still give me problems, and I often get stabbed in the fingertip.

Eric


   
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(@indiana_jonesin)
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once you wind them pretty do you:

cut the string
curl a loop
leave long and dangly
?

I cut. BTW, thanks guys for reminding me that I haven't changed them in a while. Maybe I'll post a pic when I'm done :wink:

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when he gets up under the lights to play his thing..."-Dire Straits
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They are never pretty and I dont cut them all the time

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(@iliketheguitar)
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I think that I got it on my second try. I thread the string through leaving it very loose, and then i start turning the peg until the string is tuned to the right note. After the dirty work is done I just cut the string down and play.


   
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(@fretted-fingers)
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http://youtube.com/watch?v=qgVAhI8PqPU

This may help you get the strings the way you want them.

This is part 2 to the video, but part 1 is easy to find.

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(@racetruck1)
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Short and curly, or long and dangly.......

Nooooo...... I'M NOT going there!!!!!!!!!!!

First time! No problems.

Sometimes I cut them, sometimes I forget to, then a friend of mine waits until I'm not looking and tangles them up, very aggravating. So, I wait until he's not looking and I restring his guitar lefty! :twisted:

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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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I guess I'm just naturally neat and tidy - curl them into little loops. The one time I put guitar strings on and cut them, one of the strings slipped - I didn't have enough of it left to re-thread it, well, not enough to grip anyway. That's why I NEVER cut them.

Bass guitar's different - the strings I've got on now (Rotosound) have a red leader wire, a lot thinner than the strings so I use the whole thing.

I did have a 12-string once - didn't really have it long enough to change the strings. I can imagine that particular job has a particular charm all of its own, though!

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


   
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