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Restringing guitar – is it safe to remove all strings at once? [duplicate]

Considering the present truss rod adjustment is good (Vintage Gibson SG with very old strings), is it generally acceptable to remove all the strings before restringing? It's just so much easier to ...
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Getting a good sound from a 5 string violin

A while back I bought a violin with five strings, i.e. there in an extra low C on it. However, as the body of the violin is the same size as that of a normal violin, so whenever I play on the C-string ...
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Will putting decals/stickers on my acoustic guitar affect the sound, and if so, how much?

I can't seem to find a definitive answer to my question. I have a Yamaha F335 acoustic guitar and I want to put a sticker that says "Supreme" (here it is on Amazon). But people have been telling me ...
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What kind of lute is this, which strings does it use and to which notes are they tuned?

Okay, that's actually 3 questions, but I would love to play this instrument. I acquired this lute (see images). It has 10 strings (5 currently missing). I want to replace them, and tune the lute. ...
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Why do most electric guitar string sets include a plain steel vs. a wound G string and what are the advantages/disadvantages?

I have noticed that it is more common than not for a set of guitar strings for electric guitar to have a plain steel G string instead of a wound G string as would be found on a set of acoustic ...
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How do you practice the violin, self taught?

I am an adult beginner violin student. I'm currently trying to teach myself. I would like someone to help with a run down of everything they do when they practice, step by step.
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Stagg US10 TATTOO strings sound buzzy and loose

I bought my Stagg US10 TATTOO 1402/117 soprano ukulele yesterday while I was off home. The guy at the shop told me to look up on the internet how to tune it, but because I am bad at it I downloaded a ...
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Tuning when changing strings

I just recently ordered a set of Cleartones Monster Drop C strings (13-70). I was wondering, as I change them, should I tune them straight to drop C or should I still bring them up to standard tuning ...
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Are there any plain nylon bass strings for classical guitar?

I was checking out some classical guitars at a store today and was surprised to find out that only the treble strings are plain nylon, while the bass strings are nylon wound with bronze or silver. ...
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Will leaving the G string off an acoustic guitar for a few days hurt the guitar?

I was playing my acoustic guitar when the string popped right off - it was time for a string changing anyways. However, I won't be able to get strings for another two days. Will this hurt the guitar ...
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How do I tune my violin when I cannot yet do it by ear?

I have a few tuning apps but they give me some strange info like G8 instead of G, is this number the octave?
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Is it OK to replace a harp string with an adjacent string?

I'm trying to fix up my girlfriend's Salvi concert harp, but just as I finally got the whole thing stringed and tuned, another string broke, and sadly, we did not have this specific string in stock. ...
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How to interpret this ASCII tab?

I'm a begginer guitar player and I was trying to play this tab. but I don't understand it. which strings to bar? why the name of strings are not as normal ? and what that 3/2 means ? thanks in ...
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What type of bass strings produces a very warm and mellow sound?

I bought a used Peavey Foundation bass guitar a long time ago, and I really liked the original strings. The sound was very warm and mellow, a lot like an upright acoustic bass. At one point I ...
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How to minimize the pain for a beginning guitar student so they won’t give up before they develop callouses?

This is a common problem and solving it will ultimately lead to a much higher success rate for beginning guitar students. So I wanted to share the information here on Music and Theory. Many of my ...
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How to not to break string of guitar while tuning?

I have been playing guitar for 3-4 months and I use online tuning websites to tune my guitar. But last week, I broke a string while tuning the guitar. Then I went to shop and got new one. When I was ...
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Upgrading from 0.009 to 0.010 string gauge. Do I have to do a guitar setup?

I usually use the lightest gauge d'Addario's. And I've been thinking about trying out slinky 10 gauge strings on my guitar. I understand the differences in sound and playability about installing ...
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I want to record but am nervous about it, why, how to get ready?

How to prepare to record a song. How to choose a song. Why am I nervous to record? the technology, the cost, or to hear myself.
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Can I widen the grooves on my guitar's nut myself?

Ok guys, I posted a thread regarding my Low B going out of tune, especially when I would bend my string excessively. What I have come up with after checking the tuner and applying Big Bends Nut Sauce, ...
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What kind of string should I use for my Folk Guitar?

I have a pretty old folk guitar that needs new strings. I'm new at this; practically not even a beginner yet. I just want to know what kind of strings I should buy if I just want a soft tone.
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Violin E string

I'm beginner in the violin and while tuning the E string using a chromatic tuner I've noticed it has two different tuned spots. One is kind loosely producing an squeaky sound and another one is ...
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Acoustic guitar strings change by time and should i change them? [duplicate]

I've just knew that the strings of the guitar change sounds over time into a brighter and lighter sound. So I wanted to know if is it necessary to change them between time to time? Or is it OK if I ...
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What physical effects cause ageing/worn guitar strings to change their tone?

Guitar strings wear out over time and are prone to oxidation due to sweat. As a result, they change their tone usually sounding more "bright" when they are new and "dull" when aged. There's been a ...
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Replacing steel strings with nylon strings

I bought a guitar which has a classical guitar bridge but a steel guitar tuning pegs and strung with steel strings. I'm wondering if I could replace the steel strings with nylon strings.
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Low B keeps going out of tune

My seven string guitar has a problem. The low B constantly goes out of tune. Whenever I bend it, I immediately have to re tune it. The place I bought it said it was probably the nut but I am not ...
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Is guitar action affected by tuning?

I am looking at purchasing a nice second hand steel string acoustic guitar in a local music shop. One of the aspects that I really like about the guitar is the string action. When I was trying the ...
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Nylon strings for alternative tunings on hollowbody electric

I have a hollowbody electric guitar on which I put some ball-end nylon strings as an experiment and tuned to by preferred tuning (G-D-d-f-g#-b). I really liked the distinction in sound between the ...
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What's the use of transparent plastic double bass strings?

I went to a rockabilly live the other day and I saw that the double bassist used transparent plastic strings on his bass. What's the purpose of that? Is there anything different from the normal ...
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What is the proper way to notate the end of a section played “sul ponticello”?

That is, what is the standard way to tell a string player to play normally again?
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Guitar beginner

Is it bad to have have a steel D string on a classical guitar? My D string is steel; does this put to much pressure on the neck of the guitar? I bought the guitar set up like this about a year ago and ...
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Will different gauges resolve my sound/distortion problem?

So, i have a cheap electric stratocaster with cheap pickups and a cheap ampli, now, at start i had 09-11-16-24-32-42 strings on, it was too buzzy when distorted on G/B/E but preatty nice sound on ...
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Buzz in the G string

Three months ago, I decided to learn how to play guitar, and I bought a Gomez 001, http://tinyurl.com/mfbmdta. Since I didn't know anything about guitars, I thought it was pretty good. And my teacher ...
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New set of strings on (bass) guitar with no adjustable intonation

When I restringed (re-strung?) my electric guitar, I had to take it back to the store because I belatedly realized that the intonation would have to be corrected. Now, I have two acoustic guitars and ...
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Too much string on the tuning peg?

I just finished changing the strings for my classical guitar. This is the first time so it wasn't absolutely smooth. Now, tuning my E string (the highest) I noticed that it gets quite tense and all. ...
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Is it normal for new bought ukeleles to be out of tune every few minutes?

I've bought a new ukelele and it's been quite a while since I've last held a musical instrument (a year, maybe), so it might be possible that I'm just quite rusty with toning a guitar/ukelele. I ...
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Setting twelve string guitar for country blues

I was thinking of making a blues box out of my twelve string guitar; since it's a modern dreadnaught I don't expect a perfect tone, but I think something nice may come out. My idea was to put on ...
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Difficulty tuning in Drop D

I went to a guitar shop yesterday to buy a new set of strings and had them replace my old ones. The guitar sounds fine like the usual eadgbe sound but when I tried tuning it to drop D using a guitar ...
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what's the difference between a gauge .011 and a gauge .012 string?

As asked in the question, also a bonus question; how does the gauge of a guitar affect the tension of the strings?
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Guitar not holding tension

I've recently come into a problem with my guitar. Simply enough, I'm having trouble keeping one of the guitar strings in tune. I've played flamenco guitar for about four years and blues guitar for a ...
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Are there guitar strings for very high tunings?

David Gilmour used a special tuning for the rhythm guitar in the song Comfortably Numb. It was a regular EADGBE, but the lowest two strings were two octaves higher, and the middle two were one octave ...
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Breaking In New Cello Strings?

I changed the strings on my cello about a week ago, and it seems that these new strings just aren't as "slick" as the old ones. It feels as if they stick to my fingers, and I have to fight to shift ...
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What's the difference between two notes played on strings of different thickness?

I'm working on this piece of music on a sequencer, and I'm trying to emulate the effect of playing the same note on different strings of a guitar, say, an E3 on the 5th fret of the B string and an ...
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Softer strings?

I have picked up ukulele and have realized that the softer strings have helped me get used to the harder guitar strings. I was wondering if they made softer strings for a normal sized acoustic guitar ...
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Love Flatwounds, but need a bit more bite - thoughts?

I am a bass player in an instrumental post-rock trio. I have been using, and love, flatwound strings for years. I do a great deal of slides, pickoffs and such. I often use these techniques to build ...
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Stringing alternatives on classical guitar (headstock)

While looking at several images of classical guitar headstocks, I noticed that there seem to be several ways people wind their strings on the capstans. I have always used the variant where I wind the ...
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Why are guitar strings numbered this way and not the other way around?

Considering that pitch goes up from low E to high E through all 6 strings, why is the high E called the 1st and low E the 6th string? I find it a bit confusing... just curious if there are any ...
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Does string length affect intonation?

Does string length affect intonation? Like on a Les Paul Jr. that has a wraparound bridge but intonation is still flat. If I use a Bigsby type tailpiece to correct the intonation would that correct ...
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Guitar string produces sound between the nut and fretting finger

I recently took apart my Epiphone Les Paul electric guitar and then put it together again with some modifications. Long story short, the poor lady is now kind of breaking apart because of what I did ...
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Why do strings break when I am not playing?

I have had a few strings (maybe 4) break on my guitars; always when I was not playing. That is, I come home in the evening (or wake up in the morning), and one of the strings is broken. I don't have a ...
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Stuck while trying to change the strings for the first time

Ok so I was able to remove all the strings but one and I am afraid the last one is stuck badly. I followed the various tutorials on replacing the strings: Removed tension-> pushed it in and tried to ...