Richard Jernigan -> RE: I hate new strings! (Mar. 29 2014 16:30:42)
I hate when I have to change my strings. First of all it takes too long, then the guitar is out of tune for awhile, then the sound is metallic and tinney.(sp? like tin..) The strings are also too squeaky. I am often surprised to read some of your posts about how you like new strings...
The solution: buy another guitar, and if you have machines, get one of those crank thingies. When it's time to change, put on new strings, tune them up about a half step sharp, put the guitar away, and get out the other one.
After a couple of days, get out the one with new strings, tune it up about a half step sharp again. Wait two more days, then get out the guitar with new strings. It's ready to play. You will have to keep tuning fairly often, then less and less. When the basses stop going flat overnight, it's time for new ones again.
I had some work done on one of my guitars in the last few months. At the shop I was re-stringing it while the repairman was busy with another task, more urgent than mine. He said, "Why aren't you using the crank? It saves a lot of time."
I said, "I've been playing the guitar for more than 50 years, but I have never used one of those cranks to change strings."
He gave me one.