How long does it take you to change strings?

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

Post by kirolak » Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:11 am

About 45 minutes, with a hand operated string winder which I hate as it keeps slipping off; must invest in a better one. I don't cut off any strings, I keep them in case of future breakages.

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

Post by celestemcc » Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:18 pm

About 45 minutes, with a hand operated string winder which I hate as it keeps slipping off; must invest in a better one. I don't cut off any strings, I keep them in case of future breakages.
When I got my new guitar (2 years old now) I decided to splurge on a stupid-costly rosewood hand-operated string winder (actually you can get them it many exotic woods). Almost hate to admit it but it's the best one I've ever used. Long enough in the handle to clear the guitar head, the slot is deep enough and shaped so the pegs don't slip. Glad it turned out to be functional as well as good looking, and a bonus that it works so well.
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Re: How long does it take you to change strings?

Post by rojarosguitar » Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:23 pm

Quarter of an hour and hours of tuning :lol:
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Re: How long does it take you to change strings?

Post by KBell » Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:23 pm

About 30 minutes to just do a quick change - but if I take enough time to actually effectively stretch out the strings as I'm tuning it up I'd say realistically about 50-60 minutes

....also I use pretty high tension strings (savarez 500aj) without a string winder (fear of damaging the tuning pegs), so it feels like it takes longer but that might just be the fatigue in my hand from turning the pegs!

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

Post by Luis_Br » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:12 pm

Around 25 min for all strings with a manual winder, but I hardly change all strings at once (except when I want to try a different new set). I change bass strings more often, around two basses changes for each trebles strings change. Once a year I remove all strings at once for guitar cleaning.

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

Post by Thura2017 » Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:26 am

Yeah. 30 minutes including cleaning the fretboard and headstock.
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Re: How long does it take you to change strings?

Post by Briant » Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:32 am

This is a job that i keep putting off. Mainly because it interfears with playing time. Finally it took 40 mins this morning, without using a string winder. I will trim the ends in a few days time once everything has settled down. I expect to tune 5 or 6 times throughout the day and before i go to work in the morning .
My wife will object if i get up in the night to tune my guitar!

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

Post by vesa » Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:33 pm

8 minutes. :-D
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Re: How long does it take you to change strings?

Post by Claughton » Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:36 pm

Normally I will replace them all one at a time and it takes me about 45 minutes without a winder. I am a bit surprised how many contributors here seem to replace only individual strings . The sound of new strings is completely different to old knackered ones . I usually leave the guitar for a week before playing it after changing strings to give them time to settle and meantime play one of my other guitars otherwise I get really frustrated by continual re-tuning.

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

Post by fast eddie » Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:35 pm

Last night it took me about 1 hour. But I enjoyed doing it and was in no hurry. I guess that's why I'm called Fast Eddie. I even took time to clean the fretboard with lemon oil made for that purpose.
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Re: How long does it take you to change strings?

Post by tubeman » Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:01 am

About 20 minutes if my cats don't "help."
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Re: How long does it take you to change strings?

Post by Peter Frary » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:18 am

Takes me about 10 minutes on average, a little faster if pressed. I change strings every week when recording so the track sounds fresh and consistent. I worked in a guitar shop for years so I had a lot of practice as it was a daily chore. My wife is even faster...
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Re: How long does it take you to change strings?

Post by Gorn » Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:07 am

Meanwhile 15-20 minutes for a set. I loosen one string a little, cut it off with a sidecutter, put on a new and go for the next string. It takes about 2-3 minutes per string. I put up as little string as possible (1-2 windings) to the capstan, so a string winder is needless and I would be afraid to scratch my rosewood pegheads.
And after that: play, tune, play, tune, play... :D
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P.S.: Once a year I clean the fretboard with lemon oil. Of course, this takes more time and I the strings are off all at once.

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

Post by dtoh » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:34 am

tubeman wrote:
Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:01 am
About 20 minutes if my cats don't "help."
If the cats are bothersome, you could always switch to gut strings. :D

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

Post by Yisrael van Handel » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:21 pm

After years of practice, I can do it in 20 minutes.
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