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Ragtop
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Sep 21st, 2016 11:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My new guitar, as mentioned in my "Eastman..." thread, is a slot head. Got a new pack of Elixirs for it.

So far I've busted my thumbnail and stabbed myself twice with the high E string. And that's just getting the old ones off! Haven't even started putting the new ones on yet.

Any tricks or secrets I should know about? This must be the downside of having a slot head....

kego
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Sep 21st, 2016 11:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This is a pretty good video on that very topic...

kego
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Sep 21st, 2016 11:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That video is a good place to start. Over the years I've used pretty much the same method, with minor tweaks to suit my taste (for instance I typically tighten the strings a bit as I put them on, where he doesn't). Either way is fine though, just play with it and you'll find the best way for you.

(This message was last edited by kego at 01:28 PM, Sep 21st, 2016)

kego
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Sep 21st, 2016 11:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oh yeah, a small pair of needle nosed pliers can help when you're removing old strings. Just be careful with them!

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Sep 21st, 2016 11:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ugh, not looking forward to the first string change on my republic resonator...

kego
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Sep 21st, 2016 11:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's a lot easier than you think. I remember my first and the trepidation I had about it, but she was gentle...lol

Once you start it really is pretty easy.

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Sep 21st, 2016 12:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use a small hemostat to manage the pokey ends of the strings for this operation.

Ragtop
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Sep 21st, 2016 05:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Okay, it's done. Thanks for the link, kego, that was helpful. One link led to another, which led to another....

The B & E strings are a bit tangled, but the wound strings coiled up okay. Too bad the barrels aren't a bit "hourglass" shaped so that the strings would slide naturally towards the center, but they look fine.

I need to get me an electric winder, that's for sure! Been thinking about that for years.

I took some pictures, will post later. I'm pretty impressed with this Eastman, seems to be very nicely built.

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Sep 21st, 2016 09:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I'm pretty impressed with this Eastman, seems to be very nicely built."

Very good news.

Yay!

MLC
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Sep 22nd, 2016 08:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Ugh, not looking forward to the first string change on my republic resonator..."

Yeah, I've done mine a couple times, now.
I didn't use any tools other than my manual string winder. It wasn't as bad as I thought it might be, but definitely more work than restringing a Tele.

On the plus side, when you're done, you have a really cool slot-head. (;^D)

MLC
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Sep 22nd, 2016 08:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

p.s. Thanks for that video link, kego.
I like the "wrap/loop" trick he did - I'll check that out on my next string change.

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Sep 23rd, 2016 12:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A mini pair of needle nose and a mini pair of side cutters help a lot for on and off. I also use one of those $20 Arnie Ball battery powered string/peg winders. Smooth....

I got good at this when I began playing lap steel and stringing Fender laps with ashtray pegheads.

shunka

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Oct 18th, 2016 03:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I PROBABLY SHOULDN'T NEED TO SAY THIS, but lots of guys expect the wrapping to hold pitch, and that's not always the case. I always bring the string end back under the string between the nut and the string post so that the first wrap or two pass over the string and hold it in place. Scary how many guys never figure this out.

super400
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Oct 24th, 2016 09:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The worst slot head change in the history of the world is a Rickenbacker 12. You've got both post and slot and there is *no* room to move as the slot is closed on the back and the posts get in the way on the front. If not done perfectly correctly they slip and need to be redone. After doing those changes for a few years, a regular slot head became a piece of cake.

jay1vinton

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Apr 11th, 2017 03:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I finally cut my teeth on classical guitars and ukuleles which use the classical stringing technique.

Ukuleles are a bit different at the headstock as there is a wrap over, and a wrap under the protruding string to lock it, unlike either a classical knot, or a regular steel string with a twist around and lock.

Even stranger still is the knotting at the bridge. Some just cut the strings off and create a single string lock. I learned to leave enough string to pass each consecutive string through the knot of the next string creating a strong lock on all strings and a much neater cut appearance.

The third large C string on the ukulele takes one wrap to knot with the others taking two. I have no idea why.

(This message was last edited by jay1vinton at 05:46 PM, Apr 11th, 2017)

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