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strings hate me....real big....

Posted by egyptlove3 on Sunday, November 30, 2008

Okay guys...here's my new problem: my strings. They are never in tune. If I ever play it, I have to tune it atleast twice in an hour, sometimes more. I don't know how long these strings have been on there and I have no clue how to change them. Oh, and I was reading how one of you tightened the head of it. When do you do that and how do you do it without destroying everything(I'm good at destroying things on accident) Is it normal for them to go out of tune so often? Cuz It's not like that for guitar.

8 comments on “strings hate me....real big....”

Kester Says:
Sunday, November 30, 2008 @7:31:24 PM

Sounds like you do need new strings.  Have a look in my photographs because I put a few diagrams in there.  I hate re-stringing my banjo.  I nearly cry each time I tighten them up.  I fear one will snap and cut my face or something!  Try medium or light gauge strings and you may like to read my latest blog on how to tighten the drum head.  It is a bit odd to tighten.

randyblair Says:
Sunday, November 30, 2008 @7:53:25 PM

You might have the type of tuning keys that have a little screw on the back of them...if that screw is not tight the strings will slowly go out of tune...try using a small screw driver and see if you can tighten the screw on each of the tuning pegs...but don't overtighten them...just nice and snug should do it.

Hope this helps:-)

DJMorgan Says:
Sunday, November 30, 2008 @8:02:44 PM

Sounds like your tuners are slipping, like Randy said check the screws on the back on the tuner buttons.  Or worse case scenerio you might want to upgrade your tuners. 

AD3AD3AD3 Says:
Monday, December 1, 2008 @4:52:35 AM

Frequently going out of tune can be related to a number of root causes, notably: a) old worn out strings, b) Improperly strung strings (should be wrapped several times around the post before being inserted through the hole and tightened) and, c) leaving the instrument in extremes of temperature like direct sunlight or drafts, for example. There ae other causes but these are the most common, IMHO.

pete hobbie Says:
Monday, December 1, 2008 @9:38:25 AM

I tend to run my strings forever so I would be inclined to check the tuners. Pete

Pepper Laing Says:
Monday, December 1, 2008 @10:40:36 AM

Sounds like your tuners, even if strings are old they don`t necissarily go out of tune. It`s more likley tuners or even check to make sure your head is tight, make sure the bridge is`nt moving around because your tail piece is to high. When you put new strings on make sure you stretch them real good, but as soon as they are stretched properly the string should not be the cause of going out of tune.

10gauge Says:
Tuesday, December 2, 2008 @12:43:33 PM

I had to tune my Harmony often even after I changed the strings.  Especially my third string would go out often.  If its your fifth string, then check how tight the screw is that holds on the button.  That screw sets the friction for the fifth string tuner.  Be careful not to over tighten it though or you'll break the button.  In fact the button on my Harmony broke twice on my dad and once on me, so you might want to just have one laying around for when yours breaks.  Good luck!

witty banjo related username Says:
Sunday, December 7, 2008 @8:23:25 PM

Take them out for a nice dinner,compliment them on their hair and be real nice and they'll like you back, alternately, try playing every song in a different tuning, with that much time spent together will surely strengthen the bond between you six, or, you will kill each other.

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