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String turning 

Hope this link works....

New idea to me. Anyone tried?
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 24 2020 14:25:12

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RE: String turning (in reply to mrstwinkle

Makes sense on the D string, with the rest I wouldn't bother. However the nylon strings are getting more expensive each year it seems


  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 24 2020 15:02:26

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RE: String turning (in reply to mrstwinkle

This is an old trick but frankly I think it’s a waste of time other than in a pinch. You might get a little more life out of the basses but find they might quickly go dead again. Personally I’d rather just put a new set on because I hate changing strings!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 24 2020 19:52:25
mark indigo


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RE: String turning (in reply to mrstwinkle

yeah, used to do this all the time with the bass strings. I would wind them on to the machine heads really neatly so they didn't get any kinks in apart from right at the end where they went through the hole, so that when i turned them around there were no dodgy bits where my right hand played.

The patch of string over the first 5 frets would end up between the 12th fret and the soundhole, the fresh bit of string wound onto the machine head would be between the soundhole and the bridge, and the length of string between the soundhole and bridge that had been mauled by my right hand would end up wound onto the machines.

I would have the strings on for 2-3 weeks and then turn them around and get maybe another week out of them. Because I have been using different strings and a guitar with mechanical pegs for the last few years I don't bother any more.


  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 24 2020 19:55:02
Richard Jernigan

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RE: String turning (in reply to mark indigo

When I was a starving grad student, whoever went to Mexico stocked up on Leonidas strings, the cheapest in the western hemisphere, and sold them at cost to whoever needed them when they got back. If your strings got old toward the end of the month before your teaching assistant paycheck showed up, you took ‘em off, soaked them in soapy water for an hour, clean water for another hour, and hung ‘em up to dry.

When you put them back on the strings sounded about 3/4 new, but the fun lasted less than a week.

Lately I’ve been noticing Savarez Leonida (not Leonidas) at Strings by Mail. They’re $7.99 a set. Red cards are 11.99. I don’t remember any connection between Leonidas and Savarez back in the day.

Savarez red cards were only for the wealthy owners of Barberos. Those Barberos went for as much as six or seven hundred bucks in the 1950s. They were cheaper in Spain, but who could get to Spain with enough money to buy a guitar and get back home if you were a grad student?

Juan Pimentel in Mexico City was your man. You could ride the 2nd class train 890 miles from Nuevo Laredo to the Capital and back for $5.60 each way, buy your meals out the window off the train station platforms like the mamacitas with their families, and score a pro quality guitar off Pimentel for $300. Of course you had to go back 3 or 4 months later when the guitar was ready, but that was part of the fun.

  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 25 2020 6:03:49
mark indigo


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RE: String turning (in reply to Richard Jernigan


Savarez red cards were only for the wealthy owners of Barberos.

one of my early teachers used to buy them in sheaves from the factory. The strings weren't coiled up in packets, they were in long straight bundles with paper wrapped round them, like really fat baguettes!


  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 25 2020 9:14:03
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