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  • #46
    On my acoustics I unwind, but on my electrics I have to cut (TOM with trapeze tailpiece and a wrap-around LP Jr type bridge).

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    • #47
      My wife hates when I leave the remains of guitar strings laying around the house. She especially hates it when they are embedded in the carpet waiting to puncture a bare foot.


      I've gotten numerous lectures from the lady about making sure to clean up when I'm changing strings. Even when I think I'm careful! She has hawk eyes...

      I guess I'm a minority here who fully unwinds the strings and pulls them through the bridge...I've never even thought of cutting them, though I might start because they ALWAYS get caught where they've been wrapped around the pole and are all coiled...
      Anyway, I'm left with entire strings, I gather them all up and tie them in a knot before disposing.

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      • #48
        That sudden drop in string tension has got to be bad for the neck, I always unwind them.


        I loosen them to make them safer to cut. Don't worry about the neck, it's no worse than doing dive bombs on a whammy bar.

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        • #49
          loosen then cut

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          • #50
            why not just use the pair of wire cutters you've had for 20 years and buy the $2 winder instead?


            The Planet Waves winder is great - the 'socket' fits both large and small tuning pegs - fits Strat tuners perfectly. The cheap ones rattle around and get loose quickly.

            Having a wire-cutter attached is a bonus - I need one to cut strings to length for my vintage Strat tuners and I find it more convenient to have one tool instead of two. And it was only

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            • #51
              Cutting the string while it's still up to tension is hard on the tuners. That sudden snap in the gears from the release of the tension can cause slop in the gears after a while. Loosen 'em a little before you cut.
              All there really is, is virtue and vice.

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              • #52
                A colleague at work didn't loosen his strings before cutting them, one slapped at his face, over his glasses and into his eye.... he had to go to hospital. Pretty grim!
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                • #53
                  That sudden drop in string tension has got to be bad for the neck, I always unwind them.


                  Yup.
                  Read awhile back in Guitar World when Slash was recording "AFD" someone did that on one of his LPs.
                  The guitar "really didn't like it",at all...

                  OT,I've always unwound them,then cut.
                  The Slash story just reaffirmed it for me.
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                  • #54
                    I guess I'm a minority here who fully unwinds the strings and pulls them through the bridge..


                    I do that with bass strings, but only because they're harder to cut.

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                    • #55
                      My wife hates when I leave the remains of guitar strings laying around the house. She especially hates it when they are embedded in the carpet waiting to puncture a bare foot. I personally loosen, then cut them near the end where they are all bent from the post. I throw out the "ends", and then coil the rest of the string tightly so they don't come unwound in the trash can and stick through the side of the bag. It's a skill only a guitar player could appreciate.


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                      • #56
                        I am part of the loosen then cut camp.
                        LeftyTom

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                        • #57
                          I usually just keep tuning up till they finally break.

                          Am I doing it wrong?


                          lol

                          I unwind completely and pull the end out from whence it came. I also coil the six strings together and put 'em in a string envelope for posterity.
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                          • #58
                            I usually just unwind, but sometimes cut if the string is kinked up and hard to remove.

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                            • #59
                              FYI.

                              Something else I always do with metal strings I have taken off, before consigning them to the bin is I cut the bit of the core that goes around the "ball end" ferule (the bit that stops it pulling through its anchor point) and remove and keep this ferule as these make invaluable small spacers should the need ever arise. They could probably have dozens of other uses too, just seems a shame to junk 'em.

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                              • #60
                                A friends dad told us tales of his bass player boiling his strings back in the day to "renew" them and save some dough. Haven't tried it myself but apparently it works.


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