Light Strings and Vintage Tuners.

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  1. Ian Ashdown

    Ian Ashdown Strat-O-Master

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    I am going to be putting some very light strings (7-38) on one of my CV Strats and knowing how much ‘fun’ these really light strings can be to fit, I’m thinking how, maybe, I could make life a little easier for myself.

    I’m thinking about, after putting the end of the string in the hole, doing a ‘figure 8’ around the post and through the slot before starting to tension the string. The light strings do not want to stay in the hole readily, and this is my thought at a solution.

    I did think about temporarily jamming a match stick or cocktail stick in the hole until I got some tension on the string.

    I’d be interested to hear if anyone has a simple solution!

    Thanks,

    Ian
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    Use more wraps. String it up the same way you would with 10's, except put two extra wraps on.
     
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    nadzab Play Don't Worry Silver Member

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    Once inserted in the hole, I bring the high-E string once around one side of the split shaft, then tighten it up. No issues, no slippage. I find that I only need to do it with the E. I use hybrid Slinkys (Slinkies?).
     
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    ThreeChordWonder Senior Stratmaster

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    What he said.

    For the high e and b, I wouldn't cut the strings at all, just stick the ends in the holes, bend them over and hand loop one full turn around each post before starting the winding. It's easy enough to do that even I can manage it.

    For the other strings, cut them 3 inches beyond their target posts and you'll get 3 full wraps.
     
  5. Ian Ashdown

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    Its really just getting the first turn or two that’s problematic!

    Ian
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    The strings just arrived and Amazon sent the wrong ones!
     
  7. RandyM

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    For thin strings, I stick the string in and then stick a round tooth pick in. No extra winds.
     
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    Not if you hold the string taut. It's a trick worth learning.
     
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    Or..
    SM String Shims.jpg


    J/K :)
     
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    Seamus OReally Mr. Serious Gold Supporting Member

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    I use the RandyM technique described above on my Telecaster.
     
  11. Ian Ashdown

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    Have you tried holding an .007” string taut? ;)

    It’s just about impossible without pulling it out of the hole . . .

    Ian
     
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    I cut the string 'two posts' past the one being strung, and for the plain, unwound strings will...

    stick the end in the hole and feed it out of the slot
    turn the machine a full 'post' revolution
    feed the string back up into the slot
    and tension to pitch.

    Because yeah, those unwound strings slip easily.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    I can't see it being any more difficult than with an 0.008" string. Cut the string 3 posts past the tuner. Push it fully into the hole, make the bend, trap the string against the base of the tuner shaft with your finger and wind. No knots, figure eights or reverse wraps needed.
     
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    Yes. I've been doing this a long time. Taut at the nut, looped through the right hand. Index finger holding it close to the nut, slack taken up by the top of your hand by the pinky. Hand bent like this with the nut at the bottom. /

    You've got the bend wrong if it pulls out.
     
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    John C Most Honored Senior Member Silver Member

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    That's exactly how I restring vintage tuners as well. I suppose I'm a bit more careful about how much pressure I use to hold the string down on a neck finished in nitro so I don't put a big worn mark on it, but if it's poly of some kind (like on the Squier CV) that's not a concern.
     
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    I've never found that more-than-adequate wraps achieve anything other than take up more of my time. On anything other than lockers, I put first wrap above the string and the second wrap below the string and keep going on down for 4-5 wraps on unwound strings. The first wrap over and second wrap under seems (to me anyway) to help pinch the string and help it from slipping.
     
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    Actually, I was thinking $39.99 shipping - that's usually how SM makes more money on their parts....

    LMSS
     
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    And the replacement strings are also wrong!