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    Default A String Owie

    Dang!

    I changed the strings on my aNueNue last night and the A-string snapped and drew blood.

    First time I've ever had that happen with a set of Living Waters strings. And I've strung my tenors 50 or more times with them.

    [Well except the time when I over-tightened the string too much.]

    Usually, I bring the A and High-G to tune in stages so they have time to stretch out. But I was in a hurry...

    That smarts!
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    I was changing my mandolin strings once, and a string snapped and whipped me in the face. I'd brought my head down to listen better. I started wearing safety glasses after that.

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    Restringing can be risky if you hurry. I met a guitar picker (Pat Enwright) in Nashville who put his eye out like that. Take your time. If you need it for a gig, best to have a backup uke.
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    Dang!


    Usually, I bring the A and High-G to tune in stages so they have time to stretch out. But I was in a hurry...

    That smarts!

    Sorry to say, but......
    Perhaps it’s more appropriate to say.....
    That dumbs!


    Sorry, sorry, sorry....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    Dang!

    I changed the strings on my aNueNue last night and the A-string snapped and drew blood.

    First time I've ever had that happen with a set of Living Waters strings. And I've strung my tenors 50 or more times with them.

    [Well except the time when I over-tightened the string too much.]

    Usually, I bring the A and High-G to tune in stages so they have time to stretch out. But I was in a hurry...

    That smarts!
    Ouch.. I've never had that happen with a uke string. With guitar strings (steel) I seem to draw blood about every time I change them...Thankfully that isn't too often with Elixir strings...Plus, I don't play a lot of guitar these days.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    Restringing can be risky if you hurry. I met a guitar picker (Pat Enwright) in Nashville who put his eye out like that. Take your time. If you need it for a gig, best to have a backup uke.
    Whoa. I'm glad I wear glasses usually. I have had a guitar string hit me in the glasses.

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    The 1st and 4th strings on fluorocarbon sets are so thin that I'm always really paranoid they're going to snap. Luckily, thus far that's only happened with a banjo uke that had a really sharp tail piece.

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    Ouchies all over the place!
    Once, while tuning, I broke the wooden tailpiece on my fiddle. It flew up, banged me on the chin, I saw stars. There was a helluva pop when the bridge fell. The sound post fell too.
    I never forgot that.
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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