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Mechanically inclined members of UG,


For a school project, does anyone think it would be possible to weld the end of a guitar string to a steel dowel rod like, like this one:




They're both made of steel so I don't see why it wouldn't work, but has anyone ever tried this before? I don't want to go out and buy an expensive ass set of guitar strings just to find out that welding a string is extremely difficult and/or impossible.

Suggestions/opinions?

EDIT: sorry for the gigantic image. blame wikipedia.
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You could probably do it with MIG pretty easily.

Anything else would just eat it away.
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it may work, but from my experience with mig welding and restringing guitars, when you heat up/melt the strings, they will be extremely weakened most of the way down and will just snap at guitar tension.
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#10
Yeah, I think nickel is what they mostly make solder out of
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Being a welder by trade i think you could, but only on the thicker strings, anything below a .40 wouldnt work, it would get to hot and just melt away and snap. as said already mig would be the. just turn it down real cold and burn em on i say.
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Would you be better off brazing it on with silver solder or something like that?



I think that would probably work. Would it work soldering the strings directly to the rod or would it be better to use soldering wire to connect the strings to the rod?

And it's for a pledge paddle for a fraternity. I want guitar strings to run the length of it.

inb4 fratboy ******. My fraternity is full of free thinkers
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I'd solder it instead.
This. As has been said, the strings are probably too thin to weld, thus solder would work much better.
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#19
Quote by SimpleMan008
I think that would probably work. Would it work soldering the strings directly to the rod or would it be better to use soldering wire to connect the strings to the rod?

And it's for a pledge paddle for a fraternity. I want guitar strings to run the length of it.

inb4 fratboy ******. My fraternity is full of free thinkers

A paddle? What will you use this for then....?
#20
In college I did this little equation:

Me + other people = meh

Fraternities = other people

So me + Fraternity = paying money and dealing with stupid rituals for meh

I'd rather keep my money and buy more guitar shit!!
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You could probably do it with MIG pretty easily.

Anything else would just eat it away.

this, you'd have to use a really low voltage though so you don't burn it away.
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