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DADGAD Members - please add links to the list of online DADGAD resources.  The list is growing!Continue

Started by Michael Robertson. Last reply by Jean Banwarth Oct 20, 2013.

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Comment by John Gundrum on July 13, 2010 at 10:01am
I found this from Michael's links to the restringing videos. It's a little off topic but something I always felt is not understood very well and sometimes not taken seriously at some places - proper grounding for safety and noise reduction.

Noise Reduction Pt. 1
Noise Reduction Pt. 2

Comment by Mike Nepper on July 13, 2010 at 9:40am
Linseed oil and Turtle wax..............hmmmmmm
Comment by Mike Nepper on July 13, 2010 at 9:39am
Great Taylor vids! I have met this guy before at a Taylor clinic. I still like to lock my strings though. It's a little more difficult to get them off, but worth the extra effort. I need to work on pre-cutting - thanks.
Comment by Michael Robertson on July 13, 2010 at 8:57am
I've started pre-cutting strings before winding on the tuning pegs like Taylor suggests in a video. Strings are quick to tension and neat.
Comment by Mike Nepper on July 12, 2010 at 6:46pm
Yes, I agree with David, Frets is a valuable resource. Also, teaches you how to lock your wires on the tuning machine pegs. I have not broken a string since I started doing this about 2 years ago. Also, very good info about bending the ball end of the string before you insert in the hole so it catches the bottom of the bridge plate before you push the pin in.........simple but important sruff!
Comment by David Casseres on July 12, 2010 at 9:58am
Regarding how to set the strings under the pins, here's a link to Frank Ford's "restringing clinic page."

It looks like it's for beginners, but I picked up some good tips there after playing for decades. Actually the entire site is a national treasure.
Comment by Michael Robertson on July 12, 2010 at 9:36am
One other point on bridge pins... I read an article somewhere about how most people don't set the strings correctly when they use bridge pins and this adversely affects the sound and the strings take longer to settle. The article said that strings should pop into place when set correctly. I'm sure there is more to this...
Comment by Michael Robertson on July 12, 2010 at 9:13am
Interesting point Britt. My bridge pins are the originals that came with the guitars (Guilds). I will be interested to hear what you say about the differences.
Comment by Mike Nepper on July 12, 2010 at 8:44am
Yes Michael, I have tried the 80/20's and they were actually a little too bright for my taste - guess I like the deep dark mysterious tones. Of course, all this get's down to personal taste for particular guitars. I have a couple of favorite guitars - one is a Yamamoto Talus - Redwood top with E.I. back and sides which is just an overtone monster and could easily tame the 80/20's. Another is a Breedlove C-1 - Maple / Spruce which is just plain loud through the range and has bright highs and a huge bottom end and it likes the Phosphor Bronze. As far as bridge pins go, I have used bone, ivory, and ebony. There are suttle differences in each, and again I suppose it boils down to taste. I have not tried bronze. I know that a good fit is important for pins, and I have actually done some finish work to fit a couple sets of bone pins. (that's about the extent of my luthiery skills!) I really like the ease of use of pinless bridges - ala Breedlove.
Comment by Britt Jackson on July 12, 2010 at 7:40am
I'd also like to weight in on this discussion. First off, I like the fit of the Elixir "lights" 11 thru 52 for my Taylor ce-814. But I still keep an open mind (or would that be open ear-anyway), I tear off the front cover of the string packaging, keep it in my case as a reminder. My question concerns bridge pins, in relationship to string selection (in the quest for the holy grail of "tone"). While the intent is not to hijack this thread, I would love to hear what material bridge pin are being used by the members of this forum. Note, I'm using wood (and they are outta here, NEXT string change).

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