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Morante -> RE: Changing strings (Feb. 21 2021 22:17:25)

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One thing that I do, not mentioned in Ramzi's links, is to melt a blob on the bridge end of the treble strings. It takes more time, but it's insurance against string dings.


Stick a small strip of golpeador behind the bridge.




El Burdo -> RE: Changing strings (Feb. 21 2021 23:15:44)

No-one seems to have mentioned what I think is a really useful trick - losing the slack.

This quick video gets to the point after about 20s of me not being able to cope with the reverse image thing of filming. You tension the string in short lengths by using both hands as shown. Do all the strings :-)

As a RH-ed player, the LH pins the string against the fretboard and the RH pulls it up or stretches it between opposing thumb and fingers. In this way, you introduce days of string stretching naturally in a minute or so. With new strings it's obvious when you listen to the pitch before and after stretching. Only ever broken one string and that was an electric string.

Otherwise I melt a ball on the nylon strings and occasionally on the tuner end. Nearly always go through the hole twice.





Ricardo -> RE: Changing strings (Feb. 21 2021 23:43:06)

Couple of things I didn’t mention. If you do the morante “tie” at the roller/peg after pulling up slack on the headstock side, it probably holds as well as my “shoelace tie”. By that I mean I only do one knot like step one of a shoelace. I have not done a timing test to see if that holds better or not, but one thing is with trebles, if you have any oil on the fingers the string will slip. Even at the tie block, so make sure you have dry fingers working with trebles...(yes jamon iberico right before stage is what I am referring to...good for tremolo bad for string changes). Just wanted to add that I try NOT to change full sets if I can, usually basses only or trebles only together, always the higher pitch first. If you do change a full set, always do one at a time (someone mentioned that before) the reason is not “top tension” but rather, keeping the thing in tune and further, keeping the nut and bone from sliding accidentally. I have seen people lose the darn nut from doing a full set change and transporting the guitar with no strings to where ever they were headed with the new set.

With the tie method I use, I am not afraid to change any string or group of strings minutes before a show. I have noticed that basses can die prematurely if you don’t let them settle over night at least. But that was when I was young. Folks that kill bass strings fast, it is the PH level in your fingers. As I got older I kill strings less and less, but I notice young people that play my guitar kill the basses like I used to. So last thing stretching...I used to do what Burdo does above until I saw the results of two nice guitars that this was done on religiously. The basses especially SAW into the tie block roof every time you pull that way. Eventually the break angle is decreased to the point one guitar had an angle of ZERO because the string hole at the tie block was so elongated from that sawing action over the years. The fix was pricy but not too difficult. Wood dowel was glued into the string holes and then they were re drilled at an angle facing downward in the direction toward the head stock...this allowed for the needed downward pull across the bone (break angle)...but as you can see, it would be a good idea to avoid this procedure for stretching strings.

I propose the alternative that I have adopted of simply tuning the strings SHARP of pitch (normally half step sharp all 6 or which ever the new strings are). I suspect this is how Nunez came up with his solea por buleria...having tuned the trebles sharp of the basses and letting them “stretch” by playing some cool falsetas. But it is not necessary to play, just let the strings gradually pull DOWN to pitch. As I said I can get away with this minutes before a show.




rombsix -> RE: Changing strings (Feb. 22 2021 4:07:27)

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I absent mindedly forgot the blob.


[:D]




Richard Jernigan -> RE: Changing strings (Feb. 22 2021 18:53:21)

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ORIGINAL: Morante

quote:

One thing that I do, not mentioned in Ramzi's links, is to melt a blob on the bridge end of the treble strings. It takes more time, but it's insurance against string dings.


Stick a small strip of golpeador behind the bridge.


I have seen quite a few guitars protected that way. I started doing the blob more than fifty years ago, when I didn't know where to get golpeador material in the USA, nor had I seen a guitar protected with it behind the bridge. I'm sure someone must have shown me how to melt the ends of the treble strings.

RNJ




Richard Jernigan -> RE: Changing strings (Feb. 22 2021 19:02:28)

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ORIGINAL: Ricardo
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I propose the alternative that I have adopted of simply tuning the strings SHARP of pitch (normally half step sharp all 6 or which ever the new strings are). I suspect this is how Nunez came up with his solea por buleria...having tuned the trebles sharp of the basses and letting them “stretch” by playing some cool falsetas. But it is not necessary to play, just let the strings gradually pull DOWN to pitch. As I said I can get away with this minutes before a show.


I tune a half tone sharp after replacing a string or (usually) strings. I put the guitar back in its case to sit overnight, and pick up another one.

You can tell your Significant Other that's why you need two guitars. I haven't come up with a credible argument for more than two....

RNJ




mark indigo -> RE: Changing strings (Feb. 22 2021 20:09:31)

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You can tell your Significant Other that's why you need two guitars. I haven't come up with a credible argument for more than two....


I don't have a credible argument for more than two, but I do have a failsafe comeback to the question of why I need more than one [or two] guitar/s: "you can only wear one pair of shoes at a time, carry one handbag at a time or wear one coat at a time."




El Burdo -> RE: Changing strings (Feb. 22 2021 21:35:28)

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I have seen quite a few guitars protected that way.


I saw one that wasn't, in the London Guitar Centre in the 80s. They were stringing it as we had a chat. Abruptly, the string snapped at the bridge, spun round like a scythe and gauged out a trench the size of a finger nail in the top.

It was a Reyes and had been going for £3000.




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