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guitarplayer196
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06/11/2009 7:49 pm
Originally Posted by: JeffS65An old guitar tech/roadie trick that I got from, well, A tech...when you have new strings, give them some tugs (pull them away from the neck). Obviously be careful not to pull the string so much as to break it. However, by giving them some tugs, you are doing what tension will do over a longer period of time. Gotta make sure the guitar is well set up and you don't have any burrs on the saddles/nut. After that; tune, tug, tune, tug etc. I usually did this about three times when I replaced strings. Remember that pro bands on the road don't have days or hours to wait for strings to find their slack. It's tricks like these that keep guitars in tune with new strings. I'm sure this is not nearly the only technique but I found it useful.

BTW...I'd read about boiling strings and it's bunk mostly. I found all you get is really warm strings and another pot to wash.


String Stretching should be a normal part of your stringing process.

I stretch my strings at the 12th fret by pulling away as part of my standard stringing process, and my guitar will stay in tune very quickly(Usually after a few hours). The trick is you have to do it a couple of times. String it up to pitch, stretch at 12th fret, string to pitch again,and leave a few hours, and then repeat. Keep in mind it will be the higher strings(smaller) that stretch more.
"I learned a long time ago that one note can go a long way if its the right one and it will probably whip the guy with 20 notes." Les Paul - 2002