Post by Anteriormente Pura Vida! on Sept 30, 2019 23:31:43 GMT -5
I may be in the minority here, but I find string changes somewhat therapeutic, as it gives me an opportunity to give my guitar some TLC. I take the old strings off, wipe down the board and bridge, polish the top, neck and headstock, replace the new strings, and then polish the back and sides. It's about a 30 minute process, and with about a dozen guitars (all with uncoated strings), I change 1-2 guitars per weekend, so I have a constant rotation of guitars with fresh strings, played in, and a couple ready to be changed.
And I'm admittedly a little neurotic, where I try to balance the rotation of my similar guitars, so one of the Rosewood dreads (four of them) gets changed every few weeks... same with the Mahogany guitars (three of them) and Rosewood OMs (two of them) are offset by about a month from each other. It sounds like work, but really, once you get into a rotation, they kinda fall into that replacement schedule. My daughter's 00 and the travel guitar get changed ad-hoc every few months.
I don't mind changing strings, as already stated by others, not only change the strings but full clean and polish. Sometimes I think I change the strings to soon, when they still have still have some life left in them.
Post by seagullplayer on Oct 1, 2019 6:19:06 GMT -5
I have been using my drill for string change for a long time. I really like using it.
I'm not sure if you have to, but I try to put my bridge pins back in the same hole they came out of?
I almost never remove all my strings at once, I usually do one at a time. Unless it is time to clean up the fret board. There was a thread about that a while ago. I seem to recall people saying lemon oil was a bad choice, but that's what I always used?
It is time to change strings on my AJ-45. I always dread doing it, mostly because it takes the strings a bit to stretch in. Even when I "pre-stretch".
I saw this the other day, I may give it a try. I mean the way he ties it on the post.
I seem to almost always have trouble pulling the pins. I thought if you didn't they where not a tight enough fit! His little push back down on the sting and the pin should pop right out kind of made me chuckle.
Biggest reason I use wire cutters on the strings is so I can use it to leverage the pins out...
Gibson J45 Studio Walnut Burst Epiphone Masterbilt AJ45-ME Epiphone Masterbilt AJ500ME NS Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Seagull M6 Spruce Gibson J40 (1972 era) Yamaha 365S (1980 ish) Taylor 110, 2004 Martin DC-160GTE
pulling pins? I loosen all string then pop the pins. I don't use pin-pullers. they are a bit clumsy, I used to use long nose electronic pliers as a lever, but now I use round-nose ones. They are the red handled one in the epic I posted. They are good for pulling strings also, no edges to crimp strings.
But using the so-called Taylor method there is no need to pull strings through the peg hole because they are already trimmed to length needed. Poke! Spin! Done!
I must have strong fingers. Most of the time I can pull the pins by hand, although some can be difficult. Yeah, once in a while I have to break out the plastic puller. Zero chance of having the pin pop and fly away with the hand method.
seagullplayer , said, "I'm not sure if you have to, but I try to put my bridge pins back in the same hole they came out of?
I almost never remove all my strings at once, I usually do one at a time. Unless it is time to clean up the fret board. There was a thread about that a while ago. I seem to recall people saying lemon oil was a bad choice, but that's what I always used?"
Bridge pins in same holes? I don't think it matters, but I do what you do as well cuz it can't hurt either.
I've been removing all the strings to change them all my life on all the guitars I've ever had. Ya, I know what some on the forums say too, but really, if you're guitar is that fragile that removing all the strings to do a clean and change would do anything negative to it, I think you need to be looking for a new (and better) guitar! LOL!
The only thing I do that comes even remotely close to that concern is I loosen them all pretty evenly (each one a bit at a time so the tension is loosed evenly) then when I tune them up, I do the same thing. I'm not really worried about it, but it's an OCD thing, comes from doing that when changing tires or tightening anything that has multiple fasteners to ensure an even pressure all around.
===================================== One Alvarez in the hand is worth two Taylors and a Martin in the guitar store!