Read on one site that says never cut the silk on the string (The tuner end) as if you do the whole string will eventually unravel. My strings never had silk on the tuner end of the wire...it just tapered off to a thinner part. As long as you cut where the thinner part is and not the outside wrap wire it should be o.k. right? When I replaced my strings I cut them exactly to the length the stock old ones were...which left me with about 3 or 4 wraps per tuner....... I did not have to cut the outer wrap at any time ...there was enough there to get me past that. If you DID cut the outer wrap that would be kaput for the string right?