MrF1 wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:29 am
After a lot of string experimentation, I'm one of those folks who always returns to the good old EJ45s. I do swap the third string out with a Savarez Alliance, but that's my only adjustment.
I've played for years and change strings every four to six weeks, but I'm still searching for the perfect strings and how to break them in.
Up until recently, I would stretch the strings along their entire length to get them to settle in faster. Then I read that this was bad because the strings would stretch unevenly and adversely impact intonation. Instead the source recommended that one just keep on tuning the guitar and eventually (and fairly quickly) they would stay in tune. So I've tried that and it seems to work okay.
I also used to tug on each treble string a bit before tuning it in order to eliminate any "slack" on the rollers or "catch" on the nut. Now I'm wondering whether this only stretches the string excessively so that fairly soon after tuning its pitch climbs up a bit as it shrinks back towards the pre-stretched state. This is particularly noticeable with the third string, which I've always found is the hardest to keep in tune.
I note that MrF1 swaps out a Savarez for the third string in the set he uses. Is that for tone or perhaps ability to stay in tune?