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Thread #66288 Message #1098789
Posted By: Murray MacLeod
22-Jan-04 - 12:29 PM
Thread Name: Pre-stretching guitar strings
Subject: Pre-stretching guitar strings
I have a recollection of reading somewhere, maybe in an old Frets magazine, that a famous guitarist (it may have been Dan Crary) advocated leaving newly installed strings to stretch naturally (at concert pitch)for a period of 24 hours, during which time they remained unplayed. His contention was that this "breaking-in period" enabled the strings to retain their tone for much longer than would otherwise be the case.
Obviously this would present difficulties for somebody with only one guitar, withdrawal symptoms could set in, but I just wondered if anybody has tried this, or does anybody remember reading about it ? If you have tried it, does it have any effect IYHO ?