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    Very little. You don't need to worry about it being taut before you start winding, but I wouldn't deliberately create slack either.

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    I've read that a good rule of thumb is the distance from the G post to the C post to leave for winding. (About an inch-and-a-half.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    Thanks. Now at the tuner end how much slack do I need to get a few windings on?
    Look online, and you'll see recommendations for putting the string through the tuner hole, taking the slack out of the string, and then moving the string from the tuner back to the first fret - or the second or the third (depending on which directions you follow). Then you start winding the string that's at the tuner. Or, you just start winding without pulling the string back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    I've read that a good rule of thumb is the distance from the G post to the C post to leave for winding. (About an inch-and-a-half.)
    Thanks, I started installing the string after reading post #11. With no extra slack I got almost two rounds around the tuner post which I think should hold, though I would have preferred 4. It's an Aquila New Nylgut and I was pleasantly surprised that it seemed to stay in tune after only about half hour of playing and tightening up after each song. But I am not pleased with the grey colour that rubbed off on my strumming finger and I will see how long it will last. Does anyone have experience with the d'Addario NYL026w guitar string for use with a tenor uke? I am wondering how its sound would compare to the Aquila wound, and if it's long enough for two uses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    Thanks, I started installing the string after reading post #11. With no extra slack I got almost two rounds around the tuner post which I think should hold, though I would have preferred 4. It's an Aquila New Nylgut and I was pleasantly surprised that it seemed to stay in tune after only about half hour of playing and tightening up after each song. But I am not pleased with the grey colour that rubbed off on my strumming finger and I will see how long it will last. Does anyone have experience with the d'Addario NYL026w guitar string for use with a tenor uke? I am wondering how its sound would compare to the Aquila wound, and if it's long enough for two uses?
    Sorry, I should have mentioned that you get around 2 turns and that that is enough to hold. That is basically what I have on my 3 ukes with wound strings. I haven't had any issues so far.

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    I know this thread is a little old but for reference - Fremont low g, I was only able to get one loop through but has held up fine.

    Since I contributed something, hopefully, I was wondering if anyone had experience or concerns with a wound string on a solid wood concert? I have a VTAB FS-C25 and I honestly don't know if there is a truss rod in the neck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muybien04 View Post
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    I know this thread is a little old but for reference - Fremont low g, I was only able to get one loop through but has held up fine.

    Since I contributed something, hopefully, I was wondering if anyone had experience or concerns with a wound string on a solid wood concert? I have a VTAB FS-C25 and I honestly don't know if there is a truss rod in the neck.
    I have a wound string on my solid koa concert for some time. It doesnt have a truss rod and is doing fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinHing View Post
    I have a wound string on my solid koa concert for some time. It doesnt have a truss rod and is doing fine.
    Awesome thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muybien04 View Post
    Awesome thank you!
    You’re welcome. I’m getting my soprano to be install with wound string too.
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    The wound string still has a nylon or fluorocarbon core. So the tension is nowhere near a steel string wound. You're fine even with a wound G and a wound C on your custom.
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