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ok, so i just changed the strings on my mandolin, how long do you suggest i let the strings stretch before i tune it, to avoid breaking a string?
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#2
a while
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#3
like....over night?
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Yea, like that's helpful.

All_Hands_Dead...just treat them as you would an acoustic guitar. There's no need to wait if you stretch them as you tune up. Bring all the strings about halfway up in tension, then near the middle point of the scale, pull the strings away from the fretboard about an inch or so and wiggle them back and forth a bunch of times. Then tighten them up some more, say about 3/4 tension, and do the same thing. Then with your tuner on, tighten each string until it's about a 1/2 tone flat. Stretch them again for the final time. Then bring up to concert pitch. At the end, you'll want to be careful of how hard you pull on the strings as they will be starting to get pretty tight.
This ought to do it. If you wrapped them at the tuning posts correctly, in about 2-3 days time you'll notice that you will need to tune up less each time you pick it up. In other words it should be holding onto it's tune very well by this time.
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Yea, like that's helpful.

All_Hands_Dead...just treat them as you would an acoustic guitar. There's no need to wait if you stretch them as you tune up. Bring all the strings about halfway up in tension, then near the middle point of the scale, pull the strings away from the fretboard about an inch or so and wiggle them back and forth a bunch of times. Then tighten them up some more, say about 3/4 tension, and do the same thing. Then with your tuner on, tighten each string until it's about a 1/2 tone flat. Stretch them again for the final time. Then bring up to concert pitch. At the end, you'll want to be careful of how hard you pull on the strings as they will be starting to get pretty tight.
This ought to do it. If you wrapped them at the tuning posts correctly, in about 2-3 days time you'll notice that you will need to tune up less each time you pick it up. In other words it should be holding onto it's tune very well by this time.

Agreed. This should be your procedure for all string changes.
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