Having somewhat neglected my guitars for a while due to a tendon rupture in my left hand ... or should I say "string" rupture ? ... I opened the cases of my beauties yesterday and ... guess what ... they must have decided to socialize and suffer from the same illness ...
... most of the 4D and 5A basses ruptured.
I had this experience quite frequently with Aranjuez strings (as others here in the forum) but yesterday I found the Paulino Bernabe strings on my M10 ruptured too
... considering the set price ... this is really annoying!
However, some guitars had all strings intact. Those ones are all equipped with Aranjuez strings. When I re-stringed these guitars the last time I was very careful how to perform the procedure. I suppose that the re-string procedure is the main reason for different string-life in the case.
Let me give you some details.
It may be trivial to most of you, but for me it was and maybe still is a tough and expensive way of learning how to perform the re-string for an optimized string-life ... and there may be readers that are interested ...
1. Some websites give the advice to stretch the strings before mounting them to the guitar. This procedure is meant to support tuning stabilization. My experience is: Never stretch the strings
prior to mounting them to your guitar!
2. If you have strings with a colored, somewhat thinner / more flexible end, you have to distinguish between (a) single-hole bridge and (b) double-hole bridge:
(a) For the single-hole bridge
, use the flexible end at the bridge and make your knots / entanglements as usual (see picture). Use the thicker, uncolored end at the tuner.
(The picture just shows what I mean with 'entanglement'. In this picture of my M10 after the last re-string I still have the thicker end at the bridge. If you use the thinner, colored ends at the bridge, remember that you need to knot an '8' also for the 6E string!)
-I will add a picture for the re-string with thinner ends at the bridge later.-
(b) For the double-hole bridge
, use the thicker end at the bridge and use merely one string crossing for all strings (see picture) and add small knots at the ends of 3G, 2B and 1E.
In both cases: Never cut the ends
of the bass strings.
3. Connect the strings to the tuners as usual and again - don't cut the ends
4. Tune carefully and don't rush.
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