#1
Ive seen a few people do this. They just leave the loose ends of the strings either flopping around off of the tuning pegs, or they sort of tie it off in a circle. I dont understand why you would want to just leave the end of the string there instead of cutting it off. Are the any advantages to leaving it there?
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They might just not have a pair of wire cutters.


This explains me perfectly. That, and there's no good lighter in my house to burn them off.
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They might just not have a pair of wire cutters.


This. Had to do it for a month cause I lost mine.
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#7
Well last time i restrung my guitar i left them on for a little while just because at the time i would have rather played than prettied her up. But i seldom do it if i have wire cutters around
#9
i dont do it sometimes because im lazy.

and it makes you look cool lol. j/k
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#10
Mostly just 'cos I'm lazy.
Which is usually remedied when I manage to poke myself in the eye with a loose string.
#11
lost my wire cutters a few times. i normally leave them all wrapped up in circles until i run across some.
#12
I actually learned about this when I bought an "Old School" amp from 1965 this summer.

Back in the day, amps didn't have grounded plugs...and most outlets weren't grounded either. Musicians were constantly at risk of getting shocked if either their amp or the microphone was wired up incorrectly. So, guitarists who also sang would keep the ends of their guitar strings coiled up in order to test whether they would get zapped. They would hold on to the wooden sides of the guitar body and then brush the floppy strings against the microphone. If they saw sparks, it was time to curse at the roadie and have them swap around the plugs.
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#14
I have to cut them off. They rattle against each other and it drives me nuts.
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I actually learned about this when I bought an "Old School" amp from 1965 this summer.

Back in the day, amps didn't have grounded plugs...and most outlets weren't grounded either. Musicians were constantly at risk of getting shocked if either their amp or the microphone was wired up incorrectly. So, guitarists who also sang would keep the ends of their guitar strings coiled up in order to test whether they would get zapped. They would hold on to the wooden sides of the guitar body and then brush the floppy strings against the microphone. If they saw sparks, it was time to curse at the roadie and have them swap around the plugs.


awesome anecdote.
#17
If I'm switching between string gauges regularly I'll leave them on so I'll have the whole string when I take them off. Other than that.

^that too
#19
Even without a pair of wire cutters, I've never had a problem with this. I take the ends after getting them on the guitar, give them 2-3 sharp twists, then break them off. It does the job pretty well, actually. Granted, I didn't think to do this until I saw a friend of mine do it with his own guitar.
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They might just not have a pair of wire cutters.


im sure tom morello wouldnt have any problems getting wire cutters if he really wanted them
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#21
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I actually learned about this when I bought an "Old School" amp from 1965 this summer.

Back in the day, amps didn't have grounded plugs...and most outlets weren't grounded either. Musicians were constantly at risk of getting shocked if either their amp or the microphone was wired up incorrectly. So, guitarists who also sang would keep the ends of their guitar strings coiled up in order to test whether they would get zapped. They would hold on to the wooden sides of the guitar body and then brush the floppy strings against the microphone. If they saw sparks, it was time to curse at the roadie and have them swap around the plugs.


you could do the same thing with the strings on the neck.
#22
I cut them because i've cut my face several fsking times from it and nearly poked my eye out with em when i lean over to get shit

Then after cutting them i cut my fingers when cutting the other ones


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#24
When you cut the string ends off, somewhere in the world, someone drops dead.

That's probably why some people keep them on there.
#25
it gives you more sustain and a lot of people say it gives you a better tone because there is more string for the sound to resonate throughout your guitar and create the solo


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#26
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I've never understood it, and it really bugs me. Plus, I tried it once, and I damn near poked my eye out. It doesn't make sense to me.


Yeah but say you're having a truly awesome gig that's been spoiled by that stupid bass player standing in the corner looking a total jerk, just give them a few pokes with the string ends to get them moving about and pretend they're having a good time.

Seriously though it's probably much easier to just leave it there and forget about it then to trim off the string ends it makes no difference to your tone unless your name is Eric Johnson.
#28
if youve had a string snap when playing live and you wanna restring one back on quickly (if you dont have a back up guitar) people tend to just put the string straight on without clipping them off, its a lot quicker to do it instead of clipping them off with wire cutters...
Or some people are lazy and just dont but them off...
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#29
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it gives you more sustain and a lot of people say it gives you a better tone because there is more string for the sound to resonate throughout your guitar and create the solo


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