The Importance of Fully Stretching Strings

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  1. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Honestly I stretch the hell out of my strings and still never change them on the same day as a gig.

     
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  2. Wayfinder

    Wayfinder Strat-Talker

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    For years I've stretched my strings by tuning them one full note high for the first few tunings... then tune them back to normal. The sound has always been great, the strings last for ages, and as the OP states, stretched strings tend to stay in tune. I figure string stretching methods are widely varied; wouldn't mind hearing how others do their string stretching.
     
  3. ThebiggestJerk

    ThebiggestJerk Strat-O-Master

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    how in tune is “perfectly in tune”?
     
  4. heltershelton

    heltershelton BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I guess in tune to the point where they don't drive me insane.
     
  5. guitartwonk

    guitartwonk Senior Stratmaster

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    Perfectly in tune is the point where you no longer get this look from the bass player....
    [​IMG]
     
  6. dogletnoir

    dogletnoir V----V Strat-Talk Supporter

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    i usually stretch the strings i put on a new build by tuning to pitch,
    then starting at the highest fret and pulling up on the string pretty hard
    and working my way down the fingerboard, then back up again.
    Retune, and repeat this 2 more times, and the strings are ready to hold their
    pitch after that.
    NB: i also use .011 - .047 or .050 flat wounds on a lot of my guitars, and don't
    generally ever change them unless one breaks, or i need to switch gauges for
    some reason.
    My trusty Musicmaster probably has had the same strings on it for more than 10 years.
    Clean To Dirty

    i don't have corrosive perspiration though. :D
     
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