I posted this on a thread in the Tech Center forum but thought I would post it here too for everyone to see.
I see a lot of posts about people wanting to change their tuners for locking ones on various guitars, namely SEs. As a former die-hard fan of locking tuners, this method changed the way I think about them, and now I no longer feel they are necessary on guitars.
I finally took the time to find a tutorial on how to properly wind strings on a non-locking tuner to make the string "lock" on itself. It's really easy and it works great.
Winding Strings Around the Tuning Machines
Step by step guide to restringing your guitar.
Bring the string down the center of the peghead and thread it out towards the tuner's knob.
Leaving a bit of string length to wind around the tuner, bend the string gently towards the top of the peghead.
Pass the string up and under itself.
Keeping tension on both ends of the string, fold the string over itself.
Continue to hold tension on the string and begin to wind.
The string should be wound down the shaft to increase the strings angle over the nut.
The End Result
The strings own winding "clamps" down on it to prevent string slippage.