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#81
Quote by silvermoon
anyone know how to restring using bullet end strings?



Bullet end strings as in strings with the round knob at the end?? If so, on my guitar, I have 6 little holes in a line at the back of the head of the guitar. Try to fish the knobs out of there, but first you have to either cut or unwind the string completely.

To restring the you put the end of the new string in the hole at the back and try to get it out the other end. Once you see it it's pretty simple and straight forward.
#82
I've been reading all these questions on how to string a guitar, and even though I haven't gotten mine yet (sending money order for AL-2500 today ), I may be of some help. But of course, if what I say is complete bs, just ignore it. :P

While I was wondering how to replace pickups on a Les Paul style guitar, I stumbled across a video of Seymour Duncan's instructional clip on how to change pickups.

At the beginning, he mentions when you are going to do any sort of work on the guitar, the way to unstring your guitar is to loosen them first, and cut (or just uncoil them and take them out, if you want to use them again). Then it goes into the whole 'taking your guitar apart' stuff which need not be mentioned here.

At the end, he shows how to restring. Now, considering most of you would've read the first post, you would know how put the string in and everything (also, the video did not show this part :P), so we will skip to actually putting them through the peg and everything. Now I have read the original poster's method of putting the string through the hole while giving it a little slack between the nut and peg, and twisting the tuning peg until taught (I am guessing this is how it goes, please correct me if i'm wrong). In the video, it mentioned you should pull the string somewhat hard to the nut, and use one of your fingers to press it against the headstock and keep it firmly taught. Then,

Now, for all you people with Floyd Roses, I think I may have some sort of 'idea' on stringing it differently. I'm not sure if this method is easier (although it seems to be a good idea if your string breaks near the bridge, I dunno), but this apparently how Tom Morello of Audioslave (formerly of Rage Against The Machine) does it. He puts the string in 'backwards' with the ball-end nearest to the headstock. I'm not completely sure on this, but apparently he feeds the string through the hole (opposite of ball-end first obviously :P), all the way to the locking bridge, and somehow locks it into place in the bridge. Sorry I can't be more clear on this, but its an idea. :\

If your string breaks near the bridge, I think you can just loosen the nut, take that little piece of string out, uncoil the string at the peg, and feed a little more of the string through, then lock it into place. Of course, by using this method, you wouldn't cut any excess string away from the tuning peg.

If someone can clarify these methods, I would be most thankful.

(first post :P)
#83
Mmmkay, so I have an Epi Les Paul (Special II to be specific).

And I've only been playing the guitar for a few weeks now, but alas, the high (in terms of pitch...meaning it's the thinnest string) E string has snapped. Was in the middle of playing and I hit the E string and there it goes. Upon pulling it out I found that it snapped at the loop which was threaded through the bridge. Yea, I'm assuming a string snapping in the middle of playing means that I had too much tension going on...

I had just tuned it too and found out that I had actually tuned the thing in a not-so-cool way. I tuned the high E string (snapped one) first, then tuned the B string at the 5th fret to the high E, then the G at the 4th fret to the B string and so on. Upon the snapping I read some shtuff I probably should have already went through and found out that you usually either go from the low E downwards or do both E's and then work towards the middle.

Hrm, so other than tuning it differently, is there anything I might have been doing wrong? I mean I only had the guitar for a few weeks... Unless it's normal for strings to snap that often. In which case. Wow. I need to buy a couple of sets of stringing. ^^

(Also, I don't know if it matters but I happened to be fingerpicking when it happened... and have been fingerpicking pretty much the whole time...)
#84
the only things that matter...
the type of bridge, guitar, strings u were using.
if u had it tuned too high.


if its a starter guitar, the strings that came with it might be weak. (epi speciAL)
also the bridge might be a little sharp.( the saddle)
if it was tuned too high it was just waiting to be snapped.
and when u change strings take off one at a time. not all strings at once.
helps prevent extra set up adjustments.

if u think u might have a sharp point or didnt string it correctly then repost.
Jenneh

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#85
One more thing I didn't realize when I posted...

I think I might have lost the nut or whatever it is that holds the string to the bridge...

I didn't even realize that the part the string was threaded through wasn't on the bridge itself but was actually held in the little cavities there...

And so in short I didn't bother looking for it when the string snapped and now I can't find it. >.<
#86
hmm. every string has a little ball at the end to hold it in the bridge.

when u took off the other string (maybe cut it off) and the ball end of the old string rolled away thats ok, u dont need it.

if u meant any other part. try to be more specific.
we are talking about an epi LP right?

http://www.elixirstrings.com/products/howtostring_electricstandard.html
How to replace strings, with pictures.
Jenneh

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#88
I have been playing for about 2 years on 3 different guitars and I have never had to replace my strings so this will help alot when I do.
#89
hi, on the gibson style guitar restringingi didnt really understand that concept.. i got step 1 & 2 but after i am just lost, can someone simplify this in dumass terms for me or give me a simalar way, thanks people
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#90
I've never re-strung my steel-string acoustic so I need to learn now...

You know those plastic round pegs that are on the bridge at the end of each string? Do they need to come out when re-stringing? What are they for? Last time I sent my geetar in for a service the morons broke one of the pegs so the top of it easily comes out of it's hole. Should I replace them and if so, how much are they and are there different types?

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#91
yes that peg "bridge pin," would need to come out.
they are not expensive and are sold where strings are sold.

if u didnt see them in the store, u could use a small toothpick part, or piece of paper to make the bridge pin more snug in that hole.


here is a picture tutorial, how to replace acoustic strings. repost with questions.
if a bridge pin gets struck. u can use an upsidedown spoon to lever it out after the string has been loosened.....
http://www.elixirstrings.com/products/howtostring_acoustic.html
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#94
Quote by radiantmoon
I have always had my own funny way of changing guitar strings and would like someone to explain to me in a simple manner what the correct process is,i have tried looking at websites but they seem to leave me more confused, the whole put string through, then leave slack , then turn anti clockwise, then loop over the string all seems very foreign to me!! i need someone to explain in an idiot proof manner!! i have noticed strings in guitar stored look really neat and tidy in the machine heads, mine however stick out and dont seem to be wrapped around like others ive seen!! i can play guitar quite well but cant even change strings properly, could smeone once and for all put an end to this ongoing nightmare!! any help would be very much appreciated


Ok the same exact noobish problem happens to me. For some reason the strings get the tension they need before the string can make more than one winding or two windings and it doesn't look wrapped around the thing. My teacher told me that it was necessary to have several windings so that the string wouldn't lose its tune.
ok can someone pls explain how the hell to do this???? I read the posts about leave slack or something about leaving 10cm of the end of the string but I didn't understand im very lost. I've already ruined like 4 brand new strings and also made the mistake of taking all of the old strings off at the same time.

Pls help I have quit my practice because of my stupid frustration someone pls tell me something I do understand pictures whatever¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡
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#95
ok 2 wraps is fine. three is better but as u string more, ur technique will improve.

let me look for some pictures for u....



ok , in this picture the guy ran the string up from the bottom of the guitar towards the tuners.
then he lifted the string in the air. (yellow arrow.)

this draws the string backwards and leaves him alot of extra string, all in front of the tuner (white arrow.)
when he's happy that he lifted the string high enough he bends the string at the tuner. and starts winding that extra long floppy string from the bend (in the string.)

so before it gets tight, he's winding and winding, wrapping the string around the tuner, until the slack picks up.

he's making sure the slack goes under the hole in the tuner, and that keeps it all in place.

ok here is a link again. check out the picture and ask questions.

http://www.elixirstrings.com/products/howtostring_electricstandard.html
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#96
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#97
np. and thank you.
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#98
wow that thing has a great thing, well for us who play guitar, it help us to save money cause sometimes our strings are get rust and make us embarrass in front of crowd when we play in a good sound then turn into very naughty sound, it help us alot to make better sounds, this is also very important, lol
#99
ok...i just bought myself a new acoustic..i am changing strings on it for the first time...i have changed strings on my old acoustic many times before....now..the problem....when i put the peg back in....it wont stay in place...i tighten the string...the peg pops out...ive tried everything....ive ever pounded the peg with a hammer...still no luck....has this happend to anyone else before?
thanks
#100
you can roll up a small piece of cardboard and wedge it in there. tune up, the peg will stay.
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#101
ok i got tremolo style bridge but it's not a locking one like the floyd rose (i think it's a floating bridge). tuning my guitar to standard is such a pain in the ass! i tune one string, then it makes all the other strings out of tune and so on (same goes when i try to use the fine tuning). then if i start tightening up the strings too much, it starts to pull my tremolo down towards the body. any tips or should i just swallow my pride and take it to the music shop for help?
#102
You overlooked some points at the floyd rose style bridge, what if the bridge goes out of position? Either move up or down ANGLE wise?

I know what to do, but you should include that in your lesson.
#103
Quote by Master Of Shred
You overlooked some points at the floyd rose style bridge, what if the bridge goes out of position? Either move up or down ANGLE wise?

I know what to do, but you should include that in your lesson.
well tell us what to do....
#104
Wait wait...you wrap the string around the peg AFTER you put it through the hole?

No wonder I was frustrated....I was trying to get those nice wraps around and then the string would slip and unravel and...yeah, it wasn't fun.

I can't believe I overlooked this key point in all those string tutorials. :P
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#105
For the Floyd Rose Bridge, how do I know what's the proper position to the bridge?
#106
i have a question - how do you tie the nylon strings on the bridge? pictures would be nice....thanks
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#107
Quote by drunken ninja
ok i got tremolo style bridge but it's not a locking one like the floyd rose (i think it's a floating bridge). tuning my guitar to standard is such a pain in the ass! i tune one string, then it makes all the other strings out of tune and so on (same goes when i try to use the fine tuning). then if i start tightening up the strings too much, it starts to pull my tremolo down towards the body. any tips or should i just swallow my pride and take it to the music shop for help?


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Quote by fuseri
For the Floyd Rose Bridge, how do I know what's the proper position to the bridge?





if ur bridge lifts u need to tighten the two screws in there, maybe even add a spring.
you want a level bridge...

also its helpful to "cross tune" a floyd.

u tune the thickest, then thinnest, then 2nd down from thickest, then up from thinnest, ect...


u might need to run thru the strings a couple of times to get it to stay int tune.
Jenneh

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#108
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i have a question - how do you tie the nylon strings on the bridge? pictures would be nice....thanks



remember this site. they are great.
anyway, there are 4 pictures of how to, pics. so click on the next step at bottom of each page.

http://www.frets.com/FRETSPages/Musician/Guitar/Setup/Classical/ClassicStr/classicstr1.html
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#109
Quote: Then get some wire cutters and cut off the loosened string.


On the Fender owners manual it says to NEVER cut off loosened strings, at least with tremolo/whammy bar type guitars. It messes up the set up. I know from experience.
#110
OK I recently tried to restring my whole guitar (strat-style) for the first time. Until now, I had only restrung individual strings when they broke, and had no problems, so I figured this would go smoothly. But first of all, by the time the strings were in tune, I didnt have them wrapped around the tuning peg more than twice. And when I was finished, I looked at my guitar, and realized the strings were tugging on the bridge, and that it had actually slanted forward. the only way I could level it out was to loosen the strings, which of course made them go horribly out of tune.

I was wondering if anyone knows what I did wrong and can help me.
#111
What happens if i dont wind the strings around the tuners more than once? Like if i put the string in there, and turn the keys until its tuned, instead of winding it a couple times?
#112
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What happens if i dont wind the strings around the tuners more than once? Like if i put the string in there, and turn the keys until its tuned, instead of winding it a couple times?

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The strings are more apt to go out of tune than if they were wrapped around more. That is it.
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#113
Quote by Spaceman_Spiff
OK I recently tried to restring my whole guitar (strat-style) for the first time. Until now, I had only restrung individual strings when they broke, and had no problems, so I figured this would go smoothly. But first of all, by the time the strings were in tune, I didnt have them wrapped around the tuning peg more than twice. And when I was finished, I looked at my guitar, and realized the strings were tugging on the bridge, and that it had actually slanted forward. the only way I could level it out was to loosen the strings, which of course made them go horribly out of tune.

I was wondering if anyone knows what I did wrong and can help me.


Okay so I figured out that everything is fine if I tune all of the strings down a step, but I am still wondering what I did wrong in the first place
#114
Ive been playing the guitar for a couple of months and I decided to replace my guitar strings as theyd gone all rusty (theyd been on for about 8 years!).

Bought some Martin strings extra light weight (id heard they hurt your fingers less). They sounded bloody awful, dull and flat (though it was in tune) and rattled on the fret board loads.

Bought some medium Martin strings, they sound better but the low especially E still sounds muddy and flat.

Ive also got a horrible buzzing sound near the bridge when i play the low E and occasionally the G. My god even restringing a cello was less hassle even with all the chalk and a moving bridge!

Do any techy types know where im going wrong. Should i go for a heavier guage different brand? is is my guitar. Im at the end of my tether as my usually pretty poor playing any way is really hard to listen to!

This is my first post this site was recommended to me by some one from the Libertines forum. I hope ive posted it in the right place!
#115
Quote by Spaceman_Spiff
Okay so I figured out that everything is fine if I tune all of the strings down a step, but I am still wondering what I did wrong in the first place



u need to turn ur guitar over and tighten the two screws in here. or add a spring. that will pull the bridge back down to normal and let u tune ur guitat again.

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#116
its an acoustic right?

is it fret buzz, buzz when the strings rub a fret, or does the buzz stop when u strum and touch the bridge at the same time?
the latter, that would indicate that ur bridge might be loose.

on a side note, im not crazy about martin strings tone wise. if we can figure out whats wrong, u might want to pick up a pack of elixers for ur next set.

in the future, post in the acoustic section. ull get more responses. i dont always remember to check back in here.
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#117
Quote by jj1565
u need to turn ur guitar over and tighten the two screws in here. or add a spring. that will pull the bridge back down to normal and let u tune ur guitat again.



Great Ill try that out tommorrow when I have some time and see if it works.

And thanks a million
#118
you're welcome.
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#119
Quote by jj1565
its an acoustic right?

is it fret buzz, buzz when the strings rub a fret, or does the buzz stop when u strum and touch the bridge at the same time?
the latter, that would indicate that ur bridge might be loose.

on a side note, im not crazy about martin strings tone wise. if we can figure out whats wrong, u might want to pick up a pack of elixers for ur next set.

in the future, post in the acoustic section. ull get more responses. i dont always remember to check back in here.



I dont think its fret buzz as its defintately coming from the bottom. Its coming from inside i think, Im wondering if the strings are sticking down beneath the pegs?

Ill repost in the acoustic section.

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#120
there is also wood glued inside the guitar. something might be cracked and thats why ur picking up a buzz noise.

sometimes with an acoustic, u can strum and press on different parts see if u can locate the problem.
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