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The Importance of Fully Stretching Strings

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  1. heltershelton

    heltershelton BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Youre right, they dont last as long.
    When my strings are fully stretched, i get about 3 hours of hard playing on them.....maybe more now that i dont play as hard as i used to.
    But the last thing i want to do is be up on stage with my band playing out of tune.
     
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    NYXL String up, stretch, play 1 hour or so re tune and good for a long time :thumb:
     
  3. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Most Honored Senior Member

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    Lmao
     
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    What did people do to stretch string before the little handy-dandy string stretching device?
     
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  5. Nate D

    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member

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    Do what we all do: press the string down at the first fret and then stretch the **** outta the string over the 12th fret.
     
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    heltershelton BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I put up and down tension on the string with my thumb and pointer finger and run up and down the full length of the string, also i press down behind the nut in several areas.
     
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    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member

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    Yep. That works too. I definitely stretch the string out along the length of the string too. Never behind the nut, but I’m going to try that out next time I change strings.
     
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    Yep run my fingers under the string most of the way up the neck. Then press them down behind the nut. Give them a good tug at the Trem. Tune and play
     
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    henderman Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    i used to forget to capitalize the word i a lot.

    and when I wood check for them I would miss othre stuff.

    so now i do not use capitols informally and i don't have to check for that kind of a typo.
     
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    heltershelton BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

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    plus, you find out who the cheeseholes are when they scold you for not using proper grammar. I break the rules on purpose.
     
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    With trem guitars, I like the convenience of stretching the strings with a trem set to float. I just palm down on the trem however many times it takes to stabilize tuning - and that does a pretty good job.

    Sometimes (when I am using a guitar without a trem) I use one of my capo's. It slides under the string pretty easily. One string at a time. It depends on how stiff the strings are. Its nice and even.
     
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    I tend not to stretch my strings like I used to, but I have more guitars, lots more time and use thinner strings.
     
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    27+ years and I've never stretched a wound guitar string, beyond tuning it to pitch. ‍♂️
    Modern strings it just isn't necessary and you are far more likely to ruin the core of new wound strings by stretching and/or cutting them, so I never have..
     
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    I play them in when I change them. Takes about an hour. :D
     
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    guitartwonk Senior Stratmaster

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    No thanks. I already have two. They came as freebies and I've had them for just over 42 years.

    They double up as ****-scratchers and nose-pickers. True multi-tools!

    :thumb:;)
     
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    Mine are pre-CBS...:cool:
     
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    guitartwonk Senior Stratmaster

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    Yebbut… mine have larger headstocks. It adds to the tone. o_O
     
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    BallisticSquid Most Honored Senior Member

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    I used to stretch my strings by pulling up on them gently. I stopped doing that when the ball end of my E string came undone while doing that. What I found to be effective was to do some really wide bends on each string...bass string pulling down across the fretboard and treble strings pushing up. After about 3 iterations of bend/tune the strings would be stable.

    I always changed my strings a day or two before a gig but found myself in a bind where I had no choice but to change them hours before a gig. It turned out to be OK after doing the above.
     
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    My phone is supposed to auto place a space after a period then cap the first letter after that. Mostly it backspaces and removes the last letter of the last word entered. I hate that
     
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    I was unable to stretch my strings until the internet, which enabled me to buy that handy item.
     
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