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5Strats

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GospelBilly!
Jul 19th, 2017 03:04 PM        

I finally changed strings on my nylon string acoustic (an inexpensive but nice sounding A/E Lucero). It took 2 days for the strings to settle so that the guitar stays in tune. Is this normal?<br /> <br /> NOTE - I found some D'Addario nylon strings with ball ends! That tying the strings at the bridge thing on classical guitars drive me crazy.



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Jul 19th, 2017 03:22 PM        

Yeah, I don't care for the tying the strings at the bridge either. As for the 2 days to settle in, that's my experience also. <br /> <br /> Sorry I couldn't help. Hopefully someone that knows a few tricks will come along and help us both.



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Jul 19th, 2017 03:40 PM        

Yeah it takes a while for them to settle down. I like the hard tension variety. They seem to settle in faster and feel better to me as a steel string player too. <br /> <br /> Tying on doesn't bother me so much it's the winding and monkey business on the peghead end. Making the knots look good and tying in the loose ends I accept as a challenge like clean lead dress in an amp build.<br /> <br /> I use a motorized string winder now, something I started doing when I played a lot of lap steel. It makes the job much easier.<br /> <br />



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GospelBilly!
Jul 20th, 2017 05:20 AM        

Thanks guys, I guess my experience is typical. These are medium tension strings that I put on recently. <br /> <br /> I'm really enjoying playing this classical A/E guitar again. I often think I should upgrade, but I can't find anything wrong with how this Lucero plays or sounds.



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Jul 20th, 2017 05:46 AM        

That nylon stretches and stretches. Mine takes forever to settle down. I've taken to just changing the wrapped strings every time and the nylon every 2-3 times. I've never broken one and they stay stretched that way. I don't mind tying them it's just the constant tune.....tune....tune for quite a while.



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Jul 22nd, 2017 01:29 PM        

It helps to "stretch in" the strings:<br /> <br /> As you tune, hook your index finger under the string at the 12th fret, rest the thumb on the fingerboard, and lever the string up about an inch from the fret tops. Hold the string there for a few seconds, and re-tune.<br /> <br /> The knot tying at the bridge and anchoring wrap at the headstock do seem like a pain, but you're comparing it to an electric, which is dead simple and fast. The more you change gut strings, the faster and easier it gets.



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Jul 22nd, 2017 01:31 PM        

I always stretch strings but nylon strings simply take longer to settle in.



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GospelBilly!
Jul 23rd, 2017 01:48 PM        

I did stretch the strings. However, a week later the strings still go about half a step flat from one day to the other.<br /> <br /> Hark I use my Snark! (;oD



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Jul 24th, 2017 02:58 PM        

"That nylon stretches and stretches. Mine takes forever to settle down." <br /> <br /> The set on my Hermosa took several weeks despite stretching them in.<br /> <br /> *sigh*<br /> <br /> I'll play them until they develop intonation issues or start sounding dead, whichever comes first.



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Jul 24th, 2017 02:59 PM        

Get snarky, willya?!<br /> <br /> Whyyyyy yoooo!



urbtone



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Jul 27th, 2017 11:16 AM        

Only 2 days? You're getting off easy. Mine take longer than that. But I guess the upside is that they last a lot longer than metal strings, too.



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Jul 29th, 2017 07:24 AM        

Another way to "settle in" new strings faster is to tune all the strings a half step sharp when you put it in the case after playing it.



jay1vinton



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Nov 15th, 2017 04:54 PM        

Mine usually take about 2 days of playing and re stretching to settle.<br /> <br /> A trick I was taught by the guys out here to remove some of the stretch is when tying them off at the bridge, leave enough slack extra string to pass through each successive knot and make sure all your knots are below the bridge base. Instead of 6 individual loose knots, you have all six locked off at the end of stringing and they are all easily cut off for neatness.<br /> The peg head slots are strung the same way with the double twist knot that tightens as you tune. That is usually the weak spot in tuning, the peg<br /> <br /> All of my classically strung instruments, whether guitar or ukuleles are strung this way and have minimum settling going on.



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