I hate changing strings.

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  1. Barfly

    Barfly Expert bottle opener. Silver Supporting Member

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    Even when I only had 2 or 3 guitars, I've hated changing strings. This was pre- Floyd; with a Floyd it's an even bigger drag and mind you, I leave the strings on forever before I do swap 'em out.

    Taking them off... cleaning the neck gunk... oiling the fret board and sanded necks... getting dust and dirt off of the headstock and body. Putting strings back on.. clipping the excess. Adjusting the Truss Rod.

    It just sucks.

    For many years I was lucky that my really good High School pal Richie (Phenominal musician) would hang out and do all of that for me (I'd supply soda and wings) and then we'd jam away. But those days are long over!!! LoL I have a good amount of guitars now so, unless I am going to be playing a particular one or 2... the others don't get changed and cleaned till it's time.

    What do you guys think about it? You like? Hate? Meh, don't care either way?
     
  2. mcblink

    mcblink Well-Known Member

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    I don't like it much either. I'd rather just pick it up and play....but sometimes, when they need changed, it's worth it to just do it. I've got a bunch of floyd equipped guitars sitting in their cases. I don't want to change any strings on any of them, until I need to use one. Otherwise I'll play only one or two different guitars most of the time and they don't have trem systems on them.

    It's like changing the oil in your car. It's not that fun to change the oil, it's fun to drive. But if you don't change the oil, you won't be driving too far.
     
  3. proxy

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    As long as you enjoy abusing them it is all good my friend:band:
     
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    I've got so much junk here in the studio that I can't possibly keep up. One day it's a bad tube in a preamp, one day some guitars need adjusting from weather changes, jacks go bad, pots get dirty, tapes need replacing, blah blah blah....

    Sometimes I'll take five or six guitars at a time to our local guitar fix-it dude. "Fix everything, adjust everything, restring em, set em up and send me the bill"
     
  5. trax1139

    trax1139 Well-Known Member

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    I would change strings EVERY Friday night back in the day when we were playing six nights a week.
     
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  6. shredless

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    Me too! I'll let my strings go forever and then I'll complain that my amp sounds like shit, when it's just my dead-ass strings.

    My guitars are always dirty, dusty, fingerprinted. I used to despise black guitars and now that's all I have and they get awful looking.

    My Floyd guitar has a bad Jack and it's one of them dumbass barrel jacks and of course I don't have one I have to order it on the internet which I don't want to do.

    I busted out my volume and wah pedals today both Ernie balls hardly ever used them at all and they're pots are dirty and I need to actually take them apart to spray them out and I got to buy deoxit.

    Yeah I'm whining
     
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    shredless Well-Known Member

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    I just did my charvel-esque single home single knob Japanese strat and it looks so nice with clean wax and new strings
     
  8. Trelwheen

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    Stop it. You're making the rest of us look bad.
     
  9. Crikey

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    Agree . Hate changing strings
     
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  10. Alligatorbling

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    Its ritualistic to me. I remove the strings. Next I tape off the fretboard and polish the frets with 0000 steel wool. Remove the tape and clean the board. If its rosewood i then polish the fretboard with conditioner. Then re string. It takes a while but its very satisfying for me.
     
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  11. shredless

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    I legit havent cleaned it in two years
     
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    shredless Well-Known Member

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    This one prolly has 4 years on the strings. I dont like changing floyds ar all....but this guitar never goes out of tune.
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    Heres it with its step sister

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  13. shredless

    shredless Well-Known Member

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    Post your dirty guitar pics. This is all l have for guitars so no excuse cept plain laziness
     
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    I don't do it as often as I should, but when I do get around to changing strings I enjoy it. Like AB, I take my time and go over the whole instrument, cleaning, polishing, adjusting everything until it is perfectly set up--or as perfect as I can make it. After I'm done and it looks so pretty and plays so nicely I always wonder why I don't do it more often.

    Of course, Barfly, don't take this to mean that I will take Richie's place. I ain't doing your guitars for you.:D
     
  15. South Park

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    If you suck at playing do still have change the strings
     
  16. Sustainium

    Sustainium Well-Known Member

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    That’s a good looking axe, unique. I know what you mean about FR string changes, it can take anywhere from under an hour to all day if it decides not to cooperate. :lol:
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  17. shredless

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    Black spray bomb and nail polish
     
  18. shredless

    shredless Well-Known Member

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    Thank you, yes they blow when they cooperate and OMG when they dont
     
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  19. zachman

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    Get one of these:

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    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tuning-Gui...419850&hash=item4b8203be0b:g:8Q0AAOSwmo1faSTO
     
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  20. junk notes

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    Same here. Fresh piano!! :thumb:
     
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