Posts tagged ‘viritysmittari’

17/08/2017

Valeton Dapper – Now on SoundCloud

Maahantuoja: R-JAM Group

11/08/2017

Valeton Dapper ::: Testi tulossa ::: Review coming soon

Maahantuoja: R-JAM Group

21/11/2016

Review: ESP LTD Thinline TL-6Z, TL-4Z + TL-6N

Playing an acoustic guitar live on stage in a Rock/Pop-band setting is not as easy as one might think. A large acoustic body that has a floor monitor pointing straight at it is a recipe for howling feedback.

There are ways to lessen the danger of feedback, like applying equalisation in strategic frequency bands or using a mechanical sound-hole plug, but the easiest road to pursue, by far, is using a thinline (or even solid-body) acoustic guitar onstage.

ESP offers a model range for just this purpose, called LTD TL (TL = Thinline):

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The steel-string acoustic guitar goes by the model name TL-6.

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The bass guitar is called TL-4.

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And there’s the TL-6N, a nylon-string acoustic guitar.

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Kitarablogi received the bass and steel-string models in their most visually stunning versions – the ESP LTD TL-6Z  (650 €) and the LTD TL-4Z (682 €).

Both instruments sport zebrano tops. Zebrano is an African hardwood with a very striking wood grain that is reminiscent of a zebra’s stripes (hence the name). Zebrano has been in use since the 1990s in some boutique-grade bass guitars, but it has recently been adopted for more and more acoustic guitars and ukuleles, too.

The TL-6 is also available in a plainer, maple-topped version (in natural or black).

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The nylon-string LTD TL-6N (625 €) comes with a maple top, either with a gloss natural or a piano black finish (as reviewed).

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These instruments aren’t super shallow acoustic instruments, instead LTD’s TL-range features genuine thinline construction.

The bodies are based on solid mahogany backs, which have large areas routed out from the front before the top is glued into place. A ”centre block” is left standing from beneath the bridge all the way to the end of the body.

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A body chamfer next to the neck heel makes reaching the top frets a little easier.

The mahogany neck is glued together from three long side-by-side strips.

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All TL-instruments come with quality tuning machines:

The steel-string instruments use Grover machine heads.

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LTD’s TL-6N sports a set of open Hauser-style tuners.

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On the TL-6Z the strings are fed through the back part of the rosewood bridge, which makes for much faster and easier restringing than a traditional pin bridge.

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We find through-body stringing (with back ferrules) on the TL-4Z bass.

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It’s traditional knot-stringing for the nylon-string version (TL-6N).

All top nuts and compensated bridge saddles on these TL-Series instruments are made from Graph Tech’s high-quality NuBone material, a man-made alternative to bovine bone.

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Both the TL-4Z and TL-6Z come with a Fishman under-saddle-transducer and a TL-3 preamp.

The Fishman TL-3 features a built-in chromatic tuner and a three-band EQ section.

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For the nylon-string guitar ESP has chosen B-Band’s T7 system, which features a tuner, a three-band EQ section, and a feedback-reducing phase reverse-switch.

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Our review sample of the TL-6Z was the lightest guitar of the trio. Its thin body (5 cm) makes it sit nicely in your lap. This guitar’s strapped-on balance is also very good.

ESP call the neck profile a Thin U – I’d say the neck feels very comfortable, with a nicely rounded, not-too-thick cross section.

You can’t say anything negative about the workmanship on this guitar – this is a cleanly built guitar with a great feel, not least because of the smooth fret job.

Played unplugged, the TL-6Z isn’t very loud. In terms of volume it is on a par with an ES-335-style semi.

Plug the TL-6Z in, though, and it really comes alive. This is what this LTD is meant for, and the guitar delivers a quality piezo sound with plenty of dynamics:

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The LTD TL-4Z-bass is a well-made quality instrument, and plays great.

The TL-4Z’s neck profile is similar to that of a Jazz Bass, but the LTD’s jumbo frets and flatter-than-vintage fretboard radius take this bass into a much more modern direction.

The basic amped-up sound of this bass is fantastic. Our review sample suffered from a mild volume reduction in the g-string’s output level, though. Usually, problems like this one are caused by a tiny piece of wood, caught between the underside of the bridge saddle and the surface of the piezo pickup, which prevents the bridge saddle from making full contact with the pickup. In most cases this is very easy to remedy.

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As a builder of thinline classical guitars you have the choice between two options:

Some manufacturers equip a guitar of this type with an electric or steel-string neck, to make it easier for an occasional nylon-string user to switch between different types of guitar.

ESP has gone for the second option, namely for making a thinline instrument with a neck that feels like the neck of a full-blown classical guitar. The LTD-6N has the wide and flat neck profile so typical of most traditional nylon-string acoustics. In my opinion this is a good choice, because the neck profile has a bearing on how you approach and play such a guitar. This is a thinline classical that feels ”real”.

Because of the much lower string-pull of nylon strings – when compared to steel strings – the TL-6N is the quietest instrument of this trio, when played unplugged.

The TL-6N will win you over with its tasty amplified voice, though. The B-Band pickup system is a fantastic choice for a nylon-string guitar, because the B-Band pickup – which works similar to an electret microphone – won’t give you any of that infamous piezo quack, which tends to make nylon-string guitars sound rather annoying.

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Here are two different versions of the demo song:

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In my view, ESP’s LTD TL-Series is a great choice if you want to add acoustic guitar tones to your onstage arsenal.

The TL-Series features instruments that combine stylish looks, great playability and quality electronics into instruments, which will give you a fine range of acoustic tones in a live setting, combined with a far lower susceptibility to feedback.

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LTD Thinline TL-6Z, TL-4Z + TL-6N

TL-6Z: 650 €

TL-4Z: 682 €

TL-6N: 625 €

Finnish distributor: Musamaailma

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Pros (all models):

+ stylish design

+ workmanship

+ playability

+ amplified sounds

Cons (TL-4Z only):

– slight volume drop on g-string

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17/11/2016

Testipenkissä: ESP LTD Thinline TL-6Z, TL-4Z + TL-6N

Akustinen kitara on Pop/Rock-bändin kontekstissa aina hieman haasteellinen soitin keikkatilanteessa, koska iso, akustinen kaikukoppa ja siihen suunnattu lavamonitori ovat herkästi feedbackia tuottava yhdistelmä.

Tarkalla ekvalisoinnilla ja mekaanisella kaikuaukon tulpalla pystyy kyllä vähentämään kiertämisen riskiä ideaalitapauksissa huomattavasti, mutta helpompi ratkaisu on käyttää keikoilla livetilanteita varten kehitettyä, lankkumallista akustista.

ESP tarjoaa nyt myös tällaisia soittimia LTD TL –sarjan muodossa (TL = Thinline):

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Kuusikielisen, teräskielisen kitaran mallitunnus on TL-6.

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Basson nimi on TL-4.

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Ja nailonkielisen kitaran mallitunnus on TL-6N.

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Kitarablogi sai testiin teräskielisestä kitarasta ja bassosta erittäin näyttävät ESP LTD TL-6Z  (650 €) ja LTD TL-4Z (682 €) -versiot, joissa on upeat kannet zebrano-puusta.

Zebrano on afrikkalainen jalopuulaji, jonka vahva syykuvio muistuttaa seepran raitoja. Zebranoa on käytetty jo 1990-luvulta lähtien mm. useissa boutique-luokan sähköbassoissa, mutta viime vuosina puulajia on nähty käytettävän yhä useammin myös akustisissa kielisoittimissa.

TL-6 on saatavissa myös vaahterakannella (värivaihtoehtoina musta tai natural).

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Nailonkielinen LTD TL-6N:ssä (625 €) on varustettu vaahterakannella, ja soitin on saatavilla vaaleana natural-versiona sekä kiiltävän mustaksi lakattuna.

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LTD TL-sarjan soittimissa on aito thinline-rakenne, sen sijaan että ne olisivat ainoastaan hyvin ohutkoppaisia akustisia.

Soittimien mahonkirunkoihin on jyrsitty edestä suuret kolot, ennen kuin kansi on liimattu paikalleen. Tallan alta rungon päätyyn asti ulottuu TL-soittimissa ”keskipalkki” runkopuusta.

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Kaulaliitoksen kohdalla runkopuuhun on veistetty kätevä viistotus, joka helpottaa otekäden pääsyä ylimpiin nauhoihin.

Mahonkikaula on kolmiosainen.

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TL-soittimet on varustettu laadukkailla virittimillä:

Teräskielisiin soittimiin on asennettu nykyaikaiset Grover-koneistot.

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TL-6N:ssä taas on sulavasti toimivat, Hauser-tyyliset, avoimet virittimet.

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Teräskielisen TL-6Z:n ruusupuisen tallan takaosassa on reiät, joista kielet kulkevat läpi. Kielten pallopäät juttuvat reikiin, mikä on nopeampi ja varmempi tapa kiinnittää kielet kuin perinteinen tappikiinnitys.

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TL-4Z-basson kielet taas vedetään rungon läpi.

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Nailonkielinen TL-6N luottaa perinteiseen solmukiinnitykseen.

TL-sarjan satulat ja kompensoidut tallaluut valmistetaan Graph Techin laadukkaasta NuBone-materiaalista, joka on synteettinen vaihtoehto naudanluulle.

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TL-4Z ja TL-6Z on molemmat varustettu samalla Fishman TL-3 esivahvistimella, jossa on sisäinen viritysmittari.

Volume-säätimen lisäksi TL-3 tarjoaa kolmikaistaisen taajuuskorjaimen.

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Nailonkitaran tapauksessa ESP taas luottaa B-Band T7 -järjestelmään, jossa on viritysmittarin ja kolmikaistaisen EQ:n lisäksi vielä vaiheenkäännin.

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Testissä käynyt TL-6Z on tämän kolmikon kevyin soitin, ja sen ohut runko (5 cm) istuu hyvin syliin. Myös hihnan varassa tasapaino on hyvä.

ESP kutsuu tämän kitaran kaulaprofiilia Thin U:ksi – minä taas sanoisin, että se on oikein mukavan tuntuinen kaula, pyöreällä, hieman keskivertoa ohuemmalla läpimitalla.

Työnjälki on kiitettävää tasoa – erittäin siisti nauhatyö (22 jumbo-kokoista nauhaa) on tästä vain yksi esimerkki.

Akustisesti soitettuna TL-6Z ei ole kovinkaan äänekäs. Lankkuakustisen tuottaman äänen taso on samalla viivalla esimerkiksi ES-335-tyylisen puoliakustisen kanssa.

TL-6Z onkin tarkoitettu akustisen vahvistimen kautta tai suoraan linjasoitolla miksauspöytään (tai äänikorttiin) soitettavaksi, jolloin se todellakin herää henkiin. Tarjolla on todella laadukas ja dynaaminen piezosoundi:

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TL-4Z-basso on laadukkaasti toteutettu lajinsa edustaja, jota on erittäin mukava soittaa.

TL-4Z:n kaulaprofiili on Jazz-basson kaltainen, mutta LTD:n jumbo-kokoiset nauhat ja tasaisempi otelaudan kaarevuus (= isompi radius) tekevät soittotuntumasta selvästi nykyaikaisemman.

Basson vahvistettu ääni on sinänsä erittäin laadukas, mutta testiyksilön hieman muita kieliä vaimeammin soiva g-kieli johtaa lievään pistevähennykseen. Usein tämänkaltaiset ongelmat johtuvat pienestä puulastusta, joka on päässyt tallan uraan, luun ja mikrofonin väliin, estäen kielen värähtelyn optimaalisen välityksen piezomikrofoniin. Tämä ei ole iso ongelma, vaan sen saa ratkaistua useimmiten hyvinkin nopeasti.

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Tämän kitaratyypin ”klassisissa kitaroissa” kitaravalmistaja voi valita kahden koulukunnan välillä:

Jotkut valmistajat tekevät nailonkielisiä lankkukitaroita teräskieli-tyylisillä kauloilla, koska he uskovat tällaisen kitaran käyttäjän todennäköisesti olevan pääasiallisesti sähkökitaran soittaja.

ESP taas kuuluu niihin valmistajiin, jotka haluavat, että myös nailonkielinen lankkukitara tuntuu aidolta klassiselta kitaralta. LTD TL-6N -mallissa on siis aito klassisen kitaran kaulaprofiili, joka on tunnetusti teräskielisen kitaran kaulan profiilia leveämpi ja harteikkaampi. Minusta tämä on ainoastaan hyvä asia, koska soittotuntuma on sen ansiosta ”aidompi”.

Nailonkielten teräskieliin verrattuna heikomman kielivedon vuoksi TL-6N on akustisesti tämän kolmikon hiljaisin soitin.

TL-6N:n vahvistettu soundi kuulostaa erittäin terveeltä. B-Band-mikrofonijärjestelmä on mielestäni todella hyvä valinta juuri nailonkieliseen kitaraan, koska elektrettimikrofonin tavalla toimivasta B-Band-mikistä puuttuu täysin se useista piezomikrofoneista tuttu ärsyttävänkin naksahteleva atakki.

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Tässä vielä kaksi versiota demobiisistä:

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ESP LTD:n TL-sarjan soittimet tarjoavat mielestäni erittäin toimivia ratkaisuja tilanteisiin, joissa halutaan tuoda bändisoundiin akustisia vaikutteita.

TL-soittimissa tyylikäs ulkonäkö, hyvä soitettavuus ja laadukas elektroniikka muodostavat toimivan kokonaisuuden, jolla saa vaivattomasti hyvän lavasoundin todella vähäisellä feedback-vaaralla.

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LTD Thinline TL-6Z, TL-4Z + TL-6N

TL-6Z: 650 €

TL-4Z: 682 €

TL-6N: 625 €

Maahantuoja: Musamaailma

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Plussat (kaikki mallit):

+ tyylikäs ulkonäkö

+ työnjälki

+ soitettavuus

+ sähkösoundi

Miinukset (vain TL-4Z):

– g-kieli soi hieman muita heikommin

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02/11/2016

Guitar Porn ESP LTD Thinline TL-6Z, TL-4Z + TL-6N

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Lisätiedot: Musamaailma

31/10/2016

Now on SoundCloud: ESP LTD Thinline TL-6Z, TL-4Z + TL-6N

Lisätiedot: Musamaailma

24/10/2016

ESP LTD Thinline TL-6Z, TL-4Z + TL-6N – the Kitarablogi-video

Lisätiedot: Musamaailma

13/10/2016

Buying an electric guitar, part 4 – What accessories do I need?

In this last part of our series we take a look at what a beginner needs to make the most of his/her new guitar.

Fuzz 2016 – Fridget Custom Guitars

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• Amplification

An electric guitar needs some type of amplification. Yes, it’s true that you can play an electric guitar unplugged, too, but to develop a good technique you should use an amplifier regularly. Especially with solid body guitars there’s always the temptation to play them too hard, when playing unplugged.

You can either go for a headphone amp…

…or a practice amp, meaning a small, low-powered combo.

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• A cable (aka a lead)

You will need an instrument cable to connect your guitar to your amp. Most leads that come with less expensive guitars (sub 1,000 €) are very cheap and nasty – don’t use them.

A quality guitar cable is made from sturdy cable material, which is well-shielded from electromagnetic interference, and it sports two quality plugs.

If you use a Gibson SG-type guitar or any semiacoustic with an output jack mounted to its top, you should get a guitar lead that has an angled plug to use with the guitar. The angled plug will put less mechanical stress on the crucial area around the jack.

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• A bag or a case

The safest place for your instrument, when it’s not played, is a well-made gig bag or a hard case.

A well-padded gig bag is lightweight and easy to transport, especially if you travel by public transport or by bike.

More expensive guitars – especially those with set necks – should really be stored in a case. You should also opt for a case if you plan on transporting your instrument in the back of a van or in a trailer, as a case is much sturdier than a gig bag.

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• A stand

On stage – or during practice session breaks – you should put your guitar in a guitar stand, when you’re not playing it. Leaning it against the amp or leaving it lying on the floor will result in accidents sooner rather than later.

If your guitar is finished in nitrocellulose lacquer (which means all Gibsons, some upper range Fenders, many luthier-made instruments), you have to make sure to buy a stand that won’t react chemically with your guitar’s finish. Some stands have padding that can leave marks on your guitar, or even cause the finish to blister. Some guitarists even line the contact areas of their stands with linen or cotton cloth to protect their nitro-finished instrument.

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 • A tuner

A digital tuner will help you play in tune with the rest of the band. It is also an indispensable tool for setting your guitar’s intonation.

Tuners are available as clip-on units…

…table top tuners…

…or as floor ”effects”.

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• Strings

It’s a very good idea to have one or two sets of strings in your gig bag or case, in case you break a string.

If you’re unsure about the correct gauge, ask the shop assistant (or the seller) to tell you what gauge the current string set on the guitar is. You can find more information about string changes HERE.

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•  Plectrums

Most guitarists use a plectrum (aka a pick) to strum their electric guitar.

Picks are available in a plethora of different materials, thicknesses, colours and sizes. Luckily, plectrums are also quite inexpensive, so I’d suggest you try a few different picks, before deciding on your personal preference.

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01/03/2016

NAMM 2016: Tech21 Bass Fly Rig

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Lisätiedot: Musamaailma

09/03/2015

Changing strings on a steel-string guitar

String change steel string – start

Here’s what you need:

In addition to a fresh set of strings, you should have a wire cutter and a tuner at the ready. An inexpensive string winder makes the process much faster.

A steel rule will come in handy, should you want to double-check your ”before” and ”after” setups. Measure your string height at the 12th fret (top of fret to bottom of string) before taking the old strings off. That way you will be able to use the steel rule to ascertain that your setup has stayed unchanged. Alternatively, you could also measure the neck relief at the seventh fret directly, by using a capo at the first fret, while pressing down the low E-string at the 14th fret.

Ideally, though, you should stick to the exact same string gauge (and even string brand) to avoid inadvertently changing the playability of your acoustic guitar.

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I find it most convenient to take off all strings at once.

There are some people who claim that taking all six strings off at the same time may cause damage to your instrument. Let me tell you, I have been changing strings on steel-string guitars since 1977, always removing the whole set at once, and have never had any problems at all. Even Martin Guitars suggest you do it this way in their own video, and they should know!

String change steel string – cutting old string

Once the strings are completely loose and flabby, I cut them in half.

This isn’t something you must do, but I find the shorter lengths easier to handle, than having to deal with the whole string.

String change steel string – winder pin puller

For the largest part, steel-string acoustics come with pin bridges. The bridge pins – made out of plastic, bone, wood or even metal – keep the ball-ends locked into place.

Most string winders sport a small cut-out for lifting the bridge pins. I’d suggest, though, that you first try extracting the pins by hand, because, very often, the ball-ends have jammed the pins in place fairly tightly. Trying to pull them out directly might damage your string winder or the bridge pins, or, even worse, the bridge itself.

String change steel string – push end in

Most of the time you will be able to extract the bridge pins by hand:

Start by pushing the ball-end down (into the body) by a centimetre, or so.

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Usually, this is all that’s needed to unjam the bridge pin.

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If a pin really is stuck, and can’t be lifted out with your fingers, I’d strongly suggest using a piece of tissue paper (or a piece of cloth) as a cushion to protect the pin and the bridge’s surface.

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Some acoustic guitars come equipped with a pinless bridge – most notable Ovation and some Takamines. With these bridges, all you have to do is pull the ball-ends out of the back of the bridge.

String change steel string – take string off machine head

At the headstock end you have to untie the strings and take them off the tuner posts.

If your guitar’s fretboard and/or bridge feel (or look) a little dry, now would be the perfect time for applying a little fretboard oil.

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You start putting on a new string by feeding the ball-end into the appropriate bridge hole, while inserting the bridge pin.

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By pulling the string up a little, while holding the pin down, you will conveniently get the ball-end to jam the bridge pin in place.

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Next you feed the string through the tuner’s post…

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…pull the string away from the body, and around the post…

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…and, finally, lock the string end in place.

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Keep the string pressed downwards, while you’re turning the crank. Each new winding should pass under the one before it.

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When the string starts getting taut, I move my hand from the headstock to the bridge, to make sure the bridge pin stays firmly in place.

String change steel string – cut off end

I’d recommend cutting off the surplus string in close proximity to the tuning post. Then I bend the stub down towards the headstock face. Be careful, a cut-off string is very sharp!

I put on the fresh strings in pairs, working my way away from the nut – first the two e-strings, then the pair of A and b, and lastly the D- and g-strings.

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This is what the result should look like at the headstock end.

String change steel string – pin height

The bridge pins should sit at a uniform height above the surface of the bridge.

String change steel string – string stretching

Getting new strings to stay in tune is a much faster process, if you stretch each string carefully. It works like this: First you tune to pitch, then you stretch each string, and retune again. Once you’ve repeated this process four to five times, you should be ready to go.

Your fretting hand should hold down the string you’re stretching at the first or second fret to avoid damage to the top nut.

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Once the guitar is in tune you could check the string action at the 12th fret and compare it with the values measured with the old string set.

If the action is noticeably higher, chances are you’ve put on a heavier gauge set of strings. You need to compensate for the stronger string pull by tightening the truss rod (with the correct tool) by a quarter of a turn (or half a turn, at the most).

If the action is noticeably lower, chances are you’ve put on a lighter gauge set of strings. You need to compensate for the weaker string pull by loosening the truss rod (with the correct tool) by a quarter of a turn (or half a turn, at the most).

The truss rod is meant solely for neck relief adjustment. Even though adjusting the neck relief does have an impact on the action, string height adjustment isn’t really what the truss rod is meant for. Adjusting the action on a steel-string acoustic is usually a job for a luthier, and is achieved by changing the height of the bridge saddle.