How long does it take you to change strings?

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How long does it take you to change strings?

Post by Rasputin » Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:31 pm

I have not changed the strings on my guitar so far this year. It's just one of those jobs I never get round to, mainly because it takes up about 40 minutes of guitar time. Clearly, this is a vicious circle... still, I was wondering how long it should take, given a bit of practice.

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Re: How long does it take you to change strings?

Post by guitarrista » Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:38 pm

Rasputin wrote:
Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:31 pm
I have not changed the strings on my guitar so far this year. It's just one of those jobs I never get round to, mainly because it takes up about 40 minutes of guitar time. Clearly, this is a vicious circle... still, I was wondering how long it should take, given a bit of practice.
It takes me about 45 min. Clearly it can be done faster, perhaps within 30 minutes, but I want to be careful and the potential increased risk of damaging my guitar (as in accidental dings and the like) from rushing it a bit is not worth it to me. Also, every time I do it I re-remember in the process how certain things can be done more efficiently, but I don't change strings often enough to internalize it. Weekly practice will probably do it, but I don't work at a guitar store :-)
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Re: How long does it take you to change strings?

Post by Rasputin » Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:42 pm

Right - I'm not slow then, just lazy. I thought people would say "I can do it in about 5 minutes with one hand while changing the baby or whipping up a bolognese".

I feel better now. I'm comfortable with being lazy.

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Re: How long does it take you to change strings?

Post by Andrew Pohlman » Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:49 pm

About 30 mins for all 6 strings one-by-one. 45 mins if I remove all strings and clean it.

15 mins Special case :: I've been using Seaguar flourocarbon trebles (it's fishing line deployed as guitar strings). Recommended by Trevor Gore. Those suckers are the most stable strings I've ever experienced. Ungodly! No need to change them. So if I only change the Hannabach basses, 15 mins total time.
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Re: How long does it take you to change strings?

Post by Kozak » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:01 pm

About half hour, but that's taking my time and actually enjoying the process.

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Re: How long does it take you to change strings?

Post by guitarrista » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:03 pm

Andrew Pohlman wrote:
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:49 pm
I've been using Seaguar flourocarbon trebles (it's fishing line deployed as guitar strings).
Which particular kind do you use (hard to tell from the image, if it is written on the package somewhere)? - Seaguar typically has it rated by poundage and/or diameter.
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Re: How long does it take you to change strings?

Post by Erik Zurcher » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:07 pm

About 20 minutes (I use an electric winder).
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Re: How long does it take you to change strings?

Post by Francisco » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:59 pm

I wonder, is there any truth to suggestions that taking off all the strings is not recommendable unless absolutely necessary because it leaves the guitar without any of the string tension it is used to? I red this in a guitar method about 2 years ago. It said it might shock the guitar or something like that.

Also, I've seen suggestions that using electric winders stretches the strings much too fast, causing potential intonation problems.

Changing one string takes me about 5 minutes, but I change each string only as needed, seldom more than 1 or 2 at a time, and I almost never replace the entire set in one sitting. I see no reason to change all the strings if only 1 or 2 or 3 of them actually need replacement. My experience is that they wear at very different rates. The first to need replacement is always the 4th, then the 5th, while the 3rd always seems to last the longest by far.
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Re: How long does it take you to change strings?

Post by bear » Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:46 pm

Years. I hate changing strings, it's not easy with bear paws. I'd rather buy a new guitar. I put it off as long as possible. I have never timed myself but it can take up to an hour or so.
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Re: How long does it take you to change strings?

Post by hesson11 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:57 pm

Andrew Pohlman wrote:
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:49 pm
About 30 mins for all 6 strings one-by-one. 45 mins if I remove all strings and clean it.

15 mins Special case :: I've been using Seaguar flourocarbon trebles (it's fishing line deployed as guitar strings). Recommended by Trevor Gore. Those suckers are the most stable strings I've ever experienced. Ungodly! No need to change them. So if I only change the Hannabach basses, 15 mins total time.

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Do you use the same gauge for all three strings? (Wondering how that works.)
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Re: How long does it take you to change strings?

Post by MrF1 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:33 am

30-40 minutes, depending on how involved my two cats want to be. It's quite battle of wits and I usually come up on the short end.....

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Re: How long does it take you to change strings?

Post by montana » Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:57 am

Andrew Pohlman wrote:
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:49 pm
About 30 mins for all 6 strings one-by-one. 45 mins if I remove all strings and clean it.

15 mins Special case :: I've been using Seaguar flourocarbon trebles (it's fishing line deployed as guitar strings). Recommended by Trevor Gore. Those suckers are the most stable strings I've ever experienced. Ungodly! No need to change them. So if I only change the Hannabach basses, 15 mins total time.

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Re: How long does it take you to change strings?

Post by dory » Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:48 am

Ok. I a, not weird then. It takes me about 40 to 45 minutes.
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Re: How long does it take you to change strings?

Post by wchymeus » Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:47 am

20 to 30mn top if I decide to clean the fingerboard. I use clippers: loosen all strings, cut them - so I don't have to unwind them entirely.
I try to mount the new set as fast as possible because I always feel bad for the very unbalanced load at the bridge in the process and as I am impatient I tend to bring the first strings to higher tension fast so they can settle faster...
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Re: How long does it take you to change strings?

Post by dtoh » Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:00 am

30 to 40 minutes. A good winder helps.

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