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Gabriel Leopardi
post Sep 26 2011, 08:41 PM
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I change strings before every show and I try to do it at least 3 days before the show. I couldn't do it on time and I did it one day before the show this weekend and I had to tune my guitar many times during the show.

What about you? Do you change strings before a gig? How many days?


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post Sep 26 2011, 08:54 PM
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I usually do it 3 to 6 days before a gig and never had any problems smile.gif


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post Sep 26 2011, 10:08 PM
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2 days is good, I usually end up doing it on the evening on the day before the gig, so I get little detunes, depending what gig and what I play.


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post Sep 26 2011, 10:49 PM
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Day before the performance is quite enough, at least in my case!


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post Sep 27 2011, 01:29 AM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Sep 26 2011, 03:41 PM) *
I change strings before every show and I try to do it at least 3 days before the show. I couldn't do it on time and I did it one day before the show this weekend and I had to tune my guitar many times during the show.

What about you? Do you change strings before a gig? How many days?


A day before at least smile.gif If you try to change the day of the show, or worse right before a show (which I've seen people do) it doesn't give the strings time to "settle" and the tuning will drift. It's even worse on double locking trems and worst of all on double locking trems set to "Free Float". Strings need to bet worked in a bit IMHO smile.gif

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post Sep 27 2011, 02:55 AM
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I use a double locking trem and the key is to stretch out your strings before you lock it
I just pull the string away from the guitar around 2 inches a few times and that usually does the trick
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post Sep 27 2011, 08:02 AM
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When i was at the music education i changed strings the day before and used them the entire time. Friday to Saturday the week after. but when i will start doing normal gigs i will try and change strings at least 2 days before


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post Sep 27 2011, 08:20 AM
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Always 2 days before, so I get to play the axe as much as possible at home and rehearsals. That way, the strings 'settle down' if we can call it like that and the guitar stays in tune on stage.

I am particularly careful with these things, if I have to use an axe who was tuned differently in a certain manner (let's say drop C) and it needs to be raised one tone higher for a gig, in example. Give the guitar some time to adjust itself with the new settings before taking it onstage, even if you have given her all the proper adjustments involved by changing the strings with a new gauge.



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post Sep 27 2011, 03:28 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Sep 27 2011, 04:20 AM) *
Always 2 days before, so I get to play the axe as much as possible at home and rehearsals. That way, the strings 'settle down' if we can call it like that and the guitar stays in tune on stage.

I am particularly careful with these things, if I have to use an axe who was tuned differently in a certain manner (let's say drop C) and it needs to be raised one tone higher for a gig, in example. Give the guitar some time to adjust itself with the new settings before taking it onstage, even if you have given her all the proper adjustments involved by changing the strings with a new gauge.



So we could set a standard of two days guys! smile.gif That's a good tip regarding changing the tuning Cosmin!

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post Sep 27 2011, 07:07 PM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Sep 27 2011, 02:28 PM) *
So we could set a standard of two days guys! smile.gif That's a good tip regarding changing the tuning Cosmin!


Good thinking Gabe! 2 days will be the GMC standard biggrin.gif


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post Sep 28 2011, 02:18 AM
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yeah, 2 days here too, 1 is too little time to let it strech and 3 scares me too much to play it freely.


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post Sep 28 2011, 03:55 AM
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QUOTE (Adrian Figallo @ Sep 27 2011, 10:18 PM) *
yeah, 2 days here too, 1 is too little time to let it strech and 3 scares me too much to play it freely.



don't be scared mate! smile.gif

I always bring a back up guitar to show... I rarely use it but I feel more relaxed if I know that I have it...


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post Sep 28 2011, 05:46 AM
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yeah, but i'm also scared of taking my strat out of the house, it's too valuable for me smile.gif


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post Sep 28 2011, 07:10 AM
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QUOTE (Adrian Figallo @ Sep 28 2011, 04:46 AM) *
yeah, but i'm also scared of taking my strat out of the house, it's too valuable for me smile.gif


If it's valuable...I say..play the hell out of it biggrin.gif I can't use any backup guitars as it goes for the baritone, although I don't think I'll be able to break any string on that one biggrin.gif


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post Sep 28 2011, 10:54 AM
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When I bought the strat, I carry it on 10-15 gigs in the case back then, and then I started using simple black gigbag. Nobody noticed it. If they do try, I have my blood on that guitar, it was with me on many gigs, so whoever steals it - he will be cursed ph34r.gif biggrin.gif

+ 1 on Cosmins tuning advices, if changing tuning, always pull the strings a bit and play them out strongly, with some bends, at least an hour before the show. When tunin the strings for the show do the same thing just before the stage, pull them out couple of times and play them out. Otherwise, they have the tendency to go to previous tenstion/pitch. For winter/cold temperature open gigs, this is crucial too.


2 day standard it is smile.gif


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