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How not to stretch strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Gorn, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY

    I found this very upsetting.

    I thought this was meant to be a parody, but I think he's just an idiot.
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  2. The product manager of Thomasktik-Infeld, USA at Connolly Company, specifically told me that the Austrians advised against doing this as it changes the positions of windings of the strings.
  3. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I don't think it takes the engineering prowess of Austrian string manufacturers to know this is a bad idea.
  4. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Whelp, that surely ain't the way I do it!

    Best I can figure it, the slippage of a new string comes from the wraps tightening around the tuning post and the strings (especially the bigger ones) conforming to the break angle over the nut and bridge saddles. So I just take care, when I'm winding the new string on the tuner, to push the wraps down so they're nice and neat when the string comes up to pitch. (The wraps lie next to each other with no spaces between them.) And I give the bigger strings (B and E) a little help with the break angle by pushing down a little bit on both sides of the contact point.

    I play 'em for about ten minutes, retune (they usually don't slip much), and I'm good to go.
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  5. Ouch. Makes me wanna stretch him a little
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  6. Dave Curran

    Dave Curran Lilduke

    Jul 27, 2013
    If you did this with a set of chromes( gently stretching up, not hard like this expert village idiot) would this cause the outer flat winding to open up. I noticed that the chromes on my 5er aren't as smooth as on my tele 4, but I assumed that it was because of the tele being 32" and the jazz at 34". I never stretched the tele. Or even set witness points.

    Edit: And no, I'm not going to do this in the future. When it was suggested to me by my tech, I took it as proper.
  7. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass What the .............. Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Northern Va.
    Yeah that and put the strings on a day or so before I have anything live to do.
  8. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Yep. Always good to plan ahead, regarding any maintenance.
  9. therhodeo


    Feb 28, 2011
    Owasso OK
    Shaking the bass by the strings is just stupid.
  10. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    He probably boils his strings too.
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  11. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    DR also give instructions not to stretch your strings, just tune it to where it should be and adjust if it adjusts.
  12. mimaz


    Mar 1, 2005
    Wheeling WV
    Endorsing Artist: Crook Custom Guitars
    I saw it on the internet, so it must be true....:rollno:
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  13. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    Well I thought I saw it all until I watch that video. However, I do gently stretch my new strings between the thumb and index finger on my right hand. Is that also bad?
  14. Jaco who?

    Jaco who?

    May 20, 2008
    Been discussed before. Just like everything.............. ooops nevermind.
  15. I pull it lightly passing a hand between the string and the fretboard.
  16. Rich McCoy

    Rich McCoy

    Apr 8, 2013
    I've seen this video before.
    I never stretch strings. Just leave them on overnight, play them, re tune, repeat...
    Now if you have to put a set on right before a gig or something then you may want to stretch them a little, but not by bouncing the bass around like a yoyo.
  17. Precision101


    Sep 22, 2013
    What an idiot. I ALWAYS put my finger on the first fret if i stretch out strings. It looked like he was about to pick the bass up by the strings. If you stretch it out enough number one- could possible ruin the wounding of the string and number 2- slip of the post. Or do just do it lightly. :D
  18. grendle


    Mar 4, 2011
    Central FL
    That actually works, did it for a long time when I was broke. Denatured alcohol is easier and faster though.

    Don't stretch your strings like that though. If you wind them right you only need to tune them 2-3x after playing for a bit and they should stay in tune until the environment changes.
  19. :eek: just :eek:
    Are you trying to kill your strings before you play them?
    :rolleyes: As aggressive as I play pre-stretching the strings seems irrelevant.
    But that video is just ugly. I know the strings can take the tension but bending the strings like that is just going to suck the life out of them :scowl:
  20. Precision101


    Sep 22, 2013

    Yeah I did this with guitar strings once. Killed the tone. Never again

    -I was young:D