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ghostrdr
04-08-2010, 05:48 AM
When you change the strings, the excess that sticks out of the tuner pegs on the head stock - what do you do?

Do you cut them, so they look neat and tidy? Do you leave them so they look all crazy?

I used to cut them, but I didn't have time the last time, and the look has kind of grown on me.

What do you all do?

dnewton2
04-08-2010, 06:04 AM
I am ussually a cutter (how I voted), but I am about to try some new stings and will probably leave the G string long so I can switch out a low and high g.

Rzr
04-08-2010, 06:10 AM
I cut. Something has to look neat and tidy around here.

SailQwest
04-08-2010, 06:17 AM
I cut them to make everything neat and tidy.

The only exception is my GCS nylon-wound strings which unravel when cut. I don't like their messy look, but I love their sublime sound.

Skitzic
04-08-2010, 06:23 AM
I cut. And it bit me in the butt when I had to take off a brand new set of Aquilas to fix the electronics and then they were too short to put back on. Ah well, I'll save them for the soprano.

SailingUke
04-08-2010, 06:52 AM
I cut them, I don't like things rattling when I play.

Dane
04-08-2010, 07:54 AM
Cut, I usually coil them up first for a few days until I decide if I'm keeping the strings on though.

Ukeffect
04-08-2010, 08:12 AM
Yeppirs ...I'm a cutter, can't stand pulling a Deach! LOL...I tease him periodicaly about his string in the videos! Seriously though I have OCD about that! I might leave them curled up for a day or so to see if I have to shorten them after they stretch out (have had to once or twice)...I also like to have them wound down pretty close to the bottom of the peg....just looks better to me!

StereoJoker
04-08-2010, 10:18 AM
I'm a cutter, too. It drives me crazy when I watch people play ukes or guitars and the strings are flapping all over the dang place, or wind up sticking up particularly close to an eye or two. For me, it's super distracting, but then, I am anal retentive about everything.

Also, out of curiosity, what would fall under the "other" category in this case? :confused:

GVlog
04-08-2010, 10:38 AM
Cut.



What if you're running with your prized ukulele in the woods while being chased by an axe murderer and the extra strings get caught in the low-lying branches?




It COULD happen.

deach
04-08-2010, 11:39 AM
I'm a cutter, too. It drives me crazy when I watch people play ukes or guitars and the strings are flapping all over the dang place, or wind up sticking up particularly close to an eye or two. For me, it's super distracting, but then, I am anal retentive about everything.
....
http://i560.photobucket.com/albums/ss46/deach-uke/zz/Picture.jpg My strings remind me of a joker's hat.

Cut.
What if you're running with your prized ukulele in the woods while being chased by an axe murderer and the extra strings get caught in the low-lying branches?
....
What if I AM the axe murderer?

Dane
04-08-2010, 12:48 PM
Out of curiosity, why is it that some people like to keep them flailing around? Some people would probably think it's laziness, but if you took the time to re-string you're obviously not lazy

ceviche
04-08-2010, 08:17 PM
I'm with Dane's original post. Given the choice, I would coil the excess length around and then spiral the remaining length to bind the coils together. I've always done that with my guitars--just in case a string breaks at the bridge. You just snip the string off the bead, and run the string back through the bead's hole, twisting it back onto itself. Sure, you might even have tweaked string between the nut and the bridge (normally, but you also just saved yourself between a week to over a month of string life and money).

I know what it's like to live hand to mouth. That's the story of my twenties and thirties. This is no more than one of those ways to keep your guitar or uke playing within a tight and meager budget. It ain't pretty, but it works.

--Dave E

eleuke
04-08-2010, 08:23 PM
Deach, how do you find your way through that jungle? Even the most murderous of axe fiends would get tangled up in that!... Jeezer!

Kite
04-08-2010, 08:29 PM
I don't normally cut I like to just wrap the excess into rings. then it's fun watching the rings grow out wild over time:p

ceviche
04-08-2010, 08:31 PM
I don't normally cut I like to just wrap the excess into rings. then it's fun watching the rings grow out wild over time:p

Dis is Da Kine!

Dane
04-08-2010, 09:20 PM
Deach, how do you find your way through that jungle? Even the most murderous of axe fiends would get tangled up in that!... Jeezer!

I wonder if Deach leaves the excess on the stringsets that are made for doubles. You should decorate them! You could put beads on them, or make a lanyard and hang it off, or wrap hemp or colorful string around them, you could weave them together into a beautiful string sculpture, just so many options!

salukulady
04-08-2010, 09:27 PM
I cut. Ukes must be neat. And my strings must be wound from the top to the bottom of the tuning peg, no overlapping allowed.

Pukulele Pete
04-09-2010, 12:46 AM
Neatness Counts ! I really hate seeing the excess string sticking out, It's especially bad with metal strings. Ouch !

GVlog
04-09-2010, 04:03 AM
Out of curiosity, why is it that some people like to keep them flailing around?
I'm sure that flossing becomes more convenient.

cletus
04-09-2010, 04:41 AM
Other? Please expand this thought.

deach
04-09-2010, 05:10 AM
Out of curiosity, why is it that some people like to keep them flailing around? Some people would probably think it's laziness, but if you took the time to re-string you're obviously not lazy
1. When I want to write a mellow song, I look at the strings and pretend I have a sea anemone gently waving in the ocean on my headstock.
2. When I want to write a more lively song, I look at the strings and pretend it's Bob Marley's dreadlocks flailing about.
3. It annoys people.
4. #3.



Deach, how do you find your way through that jungle? Even the most murderous of axe fiends would get tangled up in that!... Jeezer!
Practice. Strings don't tangle. i grab a uke by the neck, Never had a problem.


I wonder if Deach leaves the excess on the stringsets that are made for doubles. You should decorate them! You could put beads on them, or make a lanyard and hang it off, or wrap hemp or colorful string around them, you could weave them together into a beautiful string sculpture, just so many options!
I use guitar strings. I have thought of decorating them with beads.


Neatness Counts ! ....
Yes, I suppose having neat strings would make me a better player and give my ukes a better sound.

Pukulele Pete
04-09-2010, 05:32 AM
Yes, I suppose having neat strings would make me a better player and give my ukes a better sound.

Now you're talking !

mailman
04-09-2010, 05:56 AM
I cut them. I'm not sure about the "other" catagory....maybe some folks braid them?

sasasa1
04-09-2010, 06:11 AM
Yea I'm more interested in what the "others" do..........

I haven't restrung mine, I could use some creative ideas!

haole
04-09-2010, 07:11 AM
I cut the strings and save the remnants. This way, when I get around to buying a Pineapple Sunday and I have no more money to spend on strings, I can cobble a makeshift set together out of what's left.

StereoJoker
04-09-2010, 07:57 AM
My strings remind me of a joker's hat.

Hahahahaha -- ZING!

In that case, and that case only, I'd allow it.

As for speculation on the "Other" category, I bet excess strings would be great for turning the uke into a makeshift fishing rod.

GVlog
04-09-2010, 08:39 AM
Stick a light on the bridge. Maybe you'll get this?

http://www.light-bulbs.us/fiber-optics-424.jpg

Kite
04-09-2010, 01:04 PM
Dis is Da Kine!

Uhh I'm sorry I dont think I caught that? xD
I just like seeing the excess curling out of the open headstock on my fluke, some rings are still framed by the headstock it reminds me of the free spirit of vines haha.