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Poll: Changing Strings

Poll: Poll: Changing Strings (44 member(s) have cast votes)

How Do You Change Strings ?

  1. Remove them all at once (29 votes [65.91%])

    Percentage of vote: 65.91%

  2. One string at a time (15 votes [34.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 34.09%

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#1 User is offline   Murph 

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 05:56 AM

I've been doing it one at a time for so long it just seems natural. I do have to leave 4 & 5 pretty loose before re-installing 6 to get my fat mitt in to change the battery, but still.

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 06:02 AM

I take' em all off give the fret board and neck a clean and polish. I have always done it like that
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#3 User is offline   ksdaddy 

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 06:08 AM

On most of my guitars I take them all off at once, so I can give it a decent wipe down if nothing else. I've had some guitars that were more sensitive to a tension change and would have tuning problems for a while (more that new-string typical). Those I would change one at a time.

If I had a brain I would do Bigsby equipped guitars one at a time but I didn't claim to have a brain.
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Posted 06 January 2018 - 06:34 AM

All at once with one exception. The 12 string is done a few at a time, randomly, but done so infrequently that I'm not sure there is a pattern.
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Posted 06 January 2018 - 06:54 AM

Oh all at once
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Posted 06 January 2018 - 07:07 AM

all at once.
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Posted 06 January 2018 - 07:09 AM

All at once. Loosen strings very gradually starting a day or two before. Clean & Polish. Every 12 -18 months. Keep a copy of the package from the new strings in the case tool box with the date. Write how I liked the last set on the packaging in there from the set I just took off.
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Posted 06 January 2018 - 07:56 AM

View Postfortyearspickn, on 06 January 2018 - 07:09 AM, said:

All at once. Loosen strings very gradually starting a day or two before. Clean & Polish. Every 12 -18 months. Keep a copy of the package from the new strings in the case tool box with the date. Write how I liked the last set on the packaging in there from the set I just took off.
(Did my J45Ck earlier this week. Used coconut oil on the fretboard for the first time. Switched over from Lemon Oil, because it's not made from oil (petroleum) not lemons.
Coconut oil is made from coconuts - not oil. Truth in advertising! )



Loosen all the strings gradually a day before ?
What ?!?

You guys crack me up sometimes.
Where do ya get this stuff from ?
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#9 User is offline   gsgbass 

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 08:50 AM

I voted one string at a time. But I'm basing that on restring a bass, not a 6 or 12 string guitar. The intonation can possibly get thrown out by removing all the string at once on a bass. That's becauce of the string string tensions being greater on the bass.
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Posted 06 January 2018 - 09:04 AM

View Postblindboygrunt, on 06 January 2018 - 07:56 AM, said:

Loosen all the strings gradually a day before ?
What ?!?

You guys crack me up sometimes.
Where do ya get this stuff from ?


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This post has been edited by fortyearspickn: 06 January 2018 - 09:05 AM

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 09:08 AM

All at once.
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Posted 06 January 2018 - 09:14 AM

I tend to take three off, change them and then do the next three. Why though I do not have a clue. Just the way I have always done it.
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Posted 06 January 2018 - 09:23 AM

View Postzombywoof, on 06 January 2018 - 09:14 AM, said:

I tend to take three off, change them and then do the next three. Why though I do not have a clue. Just the way I have always done it.


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Posted 06 January 2018 - 09:57 AM

View Postzombywoof, on 06 January 2018 - 09:14 AM, said:

I tend to take three off, change them and then do the next three. Why though I do not have a clue. Just the way I have always done it.


Some times on my Gibbys I take 5 off just so the 1920's technology of the the tail-stop stays in place. I know they make tail-stops with set screws, but don't feel like paying for one. Posted ImageSometimes I used the blue painters tape to secure the bridge and tail stop and do them all at once. Fenders and my acoustics all at once, cause everything stays in place.Posted Image Just changed all the strings on my 5 'Lectrics the other day. The Bass I did a month ago or so and the Acoustics I did in mid-December. After 2 guitars I am bored and ready to have a guitar tech.

But this is the Acoustic forum so on your Acoustics, why would you not change them all at once and oil the board and polish the top, back, sides, back of the neck, and headstock?

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#15 User is offline   Murph 

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 11:09 AM

View PostFZ Fan, on 06 January 2018 - 09:57 AM, said:


But this is the Acoustic forum so on your Acoustics, why would you not change them all at once and oil the board and polish the top, back, sides, back of the neck, and headstock?



I'm just uncomfortable taking ALL of the tension off of the neck on an acoustic. I have no idea why. It just seems weird.

I still condition the fretboards from time to time, actually not yet on the J-15.

As for polish.....

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 11:50 AM

View PostMurph, on 06 January 2018 - 11:09 AM, said:

I'm just uncomfortable taking ALL of the tension off of the neck on an acoustic. I have no idea why. It just seems weird.

I still condition the fretboards from time to time, actually not yet on the J-15.

As for polish.....

Posted Image


How long are the strings off 10 mins total. Never had an issue with any A or E guitar doing it. Both my Martin's have ebony boards. A J-15 is walnut if I remember correctly. Had one for a few months. Hated it's tone and it went away. It was my only Gibby acoustic ever.

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 12:00 PM

I'm on the all-off-at-once-then-clean-fretboard-6-back-on team.
Used to put on a record and relax while doin' it - 1 side would match the time needed.
Now the Acoustic Monk works in silence so the impression of the new steel appears as significant, and the readiness of the ears is as clear as possible.

Do I enjoy changing, , , mmmm, sometimes yes, because it's been a ritual in my life like eating and deserves to be celebrated, , , but it's no fest.
Especially not on the slotted head 12-fret.
Not too keen on the overwhelming just born cembalo-like sound either. All in all I guess it's a bit like polishing boots.


View Postzombywoof, on 06 January 2018 - 09:14 AM, said:

I tend to take three off, change them and then do the next three. Why though I do not have a clue. Just the way I have always done it.

The in-depth-psychologist here - who also regards string-change as some kind of catharsis - tells me it's because you don't dig the process.
Goin' all 6 seems like a drag, so does fiddling one up at a time. Therefore you invented the split.
You just can't keep coincidences down. .
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Posted 06 January 2018 - 12:26 PM

All at once.

My guitar tech always brings the outside two on each side of the headstock first- the tension on the high e, and b is surprisingly not that far from the combined tension of low E and A.

All at once also allows pushing bridge pins out from inside, instead of using tools on bridge - but watch for pins launching and landing on the top. And it is always good knowing that your ball ends are seated on the plate.
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Posted 06 January 2018 - 02:43 PM

Murph - based on your enthusiastic playing style it is hard for me to picture you having the patience to replace strings one at a time. :rolleyes: I just loosen 'em all and rip 'em off - sometimes as soon as the next day they come off again, if the rumble ain't right, I ain't got time to wait around for strings to spend a couple of weeks to find their sweet spot. I do tend to go thru a lot of strings.
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Posted 06 January 2018 - 05:11 PM

View PostJWG4927, on 06 January 2018 - 12:26 PM, said:

All at once.



All at once also allows pushing bridge pins out from inside, instead of using tools on bridge - but watch for pins launching and landing on the top. And it is always good knowing that your ball ends are seated on the plate.


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