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samldr1984
12-11-2012, 07:04 AM
Hi guys,

Just wondered what you guys did when re-stringing. I was once told to just do 3 strings at a time. Do you guys do this? Do you think it matters?

Cheers

Shawn@PRS
12-11-2012, 07:56 AM
It doesn't matter. HOWEVER, if you remove all of the string tension from the bridge, be sure to support/pad the underside of the bridge butt. You don't want the bridge resting on the top of the guitar, it can potentially damage the finish.

samldr1984
12-11-2012, 08:26 AM
Thanks, although I don't get what you mean. It's just the saddles. I can't see how they'd damage the finish?

garrett
12-11-2012, 08:31 AM
Thanks, although I don't get what you mean. It's just the saddles. I can't see how they'd damage the finish?

The tension of the trem springs will pull the bridge plate tight against the body, which can crack the finish. My CU24 had a couple of good dings under the corners of the bridge plate; probably a mix of that and my aggressive up-bending. Not very noticeable, but still there.

samldr1984
12-11-2012, 08:33 AM
The tension of the trem springs will pull the bridge plate tight against the body, which can crack the finish. My CU24 had a couple of good dings under the corners of the bridge plate; probably a mix of that and my aggressive up-bending. Not very noticeable, but still there.

Ah, I see. Thanks for that. Appreciate it.

Twinfan
12-11-2012, 08:34 AM
^ yep, my PS Sig has the same thing.

Changing one string at a time is good practice if you don't want to pad the trem as Shawn suggests.

Be aware that removing strings will mean that whole bridge will tilt backwards onto the guitar body, like it does when you pull up on the trem bar.

samldr1984
12-11-2012, 08:43 AM
^ yep, my PS Sig has the same thing.

Changing one string at a time is good practice if you don't want to pad the trem as Shawn suggests.

Be aware that removing strings will mean that whole bridge will tilt backwards onto the guitar body, like it does when you pull up on the trem bar.

Thanks, I see what you are both getting at. I may just keep doing it 3 at a time like I've always done with my old Les Paul.
Another question - using fret cleaner - is there a rule to how often you should use this?

Thanks again

Twinfan
12-11-2012, 09:14 AM
Whenever the frets look like they need it is my approach :)

samldr1984
12-11-2012, 09:22 AM
Whenever the frets look like they need it is my approach :)

A fair comment :)

alantig
12-11-2012, 03:46 PM
It doesn't matter. HOWEVER, if you remove all of the string tension from the bridge, be sure to support/pad the underside of the bridge butt. You don't want the bridge resting on the top of the guitar, it can potentially damage the finish.

This - but the infamous Dr. Johnsonstein told me to take a magazine subscription card, fold it a couple times, and slide it under. It seems far too flimsy to do the job, but it does. I have mine taped with painter's tape (another tip). Makes it great for cleaning the neck.