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Changing strings

Posted by Mario Rimoldi on Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I've had my Morgan Monroe since Christmas and Ive been playing it everyday, when should I change the strings? I am still at the beginer level. I know it is one string at a time ,is there any special order of string to change first, last , etc? Thanks.

6 comments on “Changing strings”

banjotef Says:
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 @11:53:06 AM

I remove all strings and then put the new ones on. This gives me a chance to check frets, and see if the fretboard needs a light application of oil. I don't oil the fingerboard every time. The strings being off for a few minutes won't harm the neck.
I would say yours are due for changing. I change mine about every three weeks. If you play each day, that is a good sequence. I change them when they start sounding too metallic, and are hard to tune. Hope this helps.
Also...mark your bridge position on the head with a pencil before removing the strings.

tgaryc Says:
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 @6:10:39 AM

look on youtube for how to change banjo strings, there are several that will show you how to "tie" the strings to the tuning pegs. It is a good way to install strings and makes it much faster and esaier. Also the strings won't slip and will be easier to tune and stay in tune longer (if a banjo will stay in tune). Since I started doing this my banjo is close to being in tune when I take it out of the case,and stay's in tune longer. give it a try, best of luck

Augie Says:
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 @8:11:19 AM

I remove all the strings if I am goint to do a good cleaning. The it is easy to put just a little lemon oil on the fret board also. Here is a very good video on how to change strings and lock in the string. Good luck.

Augie Says:
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 @8:26:30 AM

I have a Morgan Monroe Cascade and I went for well over seven months on the first set of strings and they still sounded great. I changed them when I put a new Snuffy Smith Bridge on it. The heavy players change more often than us beginners.

I would also recommend the Murphy Method for the beginner. It's a way of learning to play without tab, by seeing, hearing and doing. You can find her stuff at Good Luck Augie

Mario Rimoldi Says:
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 @9:50:03 AM

Thanks Augie, I do have the Murphy method DVD for beginers along with vamping. Thanks.

Augie Says:
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 @11:37:59 AM

Hi Mario, Very good. I wouldn't worry too much about changing the strings unless one sounds dead or there is corrosion showing on them. They're steel and don't go bad very quickly. They're tough little buggers.

Very good on the Murphy Method. You are on a good program. You should join the Misfits Group here on BHO. We're all Murphy fans there.

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