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Thread #66288   Message #1099204
Posted By: Thomas the Rhymer
22-Jan-04 - 08:03 PM
Thread Name: Pre-stretching guitar strings
Subject: RE: Pre-stretching guitar strings
I change my guitar strings one at a time... usually the whole set, 'cause I don't break strings much... In my experience, the steel does not stretch... rather, the string winding around the tuners has to 'catch', and the wedge pins on the bridge have to settle in... So, when the new string goes on, it gets pulled rather hard... hard enough that it feels only right and proper to hold the guitar head down with my other hand. I generally pull it somewhere near the sound hole. I have virtually no need to chase my pitches all over the batter's box, and I am completely ignorant about the longevity of any string's tone quality. After a while, the high strings go out of pitch on up the neck, and that's when I've waited too long. As I've said before, new strings are better than sex! ttr