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Thread #66288   Message #1098817
Posted By: Bee-dubya-ell
22-Jan-04 - 12:53 PM
Thread Name: Pre-stretching guitar strings
Subject: RE: Pre-stretching guitar strings
I have several guitars and, often, when I change strings I'll do three or four of them at a time. Then I'll often put all but one of them back in their cases and play just that one for a couple of days. So, the ones I haven't been playing have been allowed to stretch at concert pitch for a day or more. Does it help the strings retain their tone? Not that I've noticed.

But, speaking of stretching strings... When I change strings I tune each string to a step above concert pitch and then lower it back down. It really helps minimize retuning while the strings break in.

And just because ya never can tell who is or isn't an idiot... If you try it, stretch one string at a time and then lower it back down to standard pitch before going to the next string. DO NOT tune the whole damned guitar to a step above standard!