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    I just read that Eddie likes to boil his guitar strings before gigs. See RollingStone.com (VH Trivia)

    I'd like to know what this accomplishes... I am assuming it either reduces the risk of breaking a string or adds brightness.

    Does anybody else do this or know why Eddie does it??

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    One would boil strings to stretch them OR to help freshen up an old set. Since Eddie was boiling NEW strings, it was for the stretching part. The problem with boiling strings is RUST...if you change them every day or so, it doesn't matter much, but if you expect to use them for a long time, boiling is not a really good idea.

    Just stretch them manually and you'll be fine. I believe Ed stopped boiling his strings a LONG time ago.

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    It actually does more for the feel of the string than the stretching. New strings have a slight oily feel to them and by boiling the string it will take off that oil and make them feel like they've been played on a little bit. It's a good idea to stretch your strings regardless of whether you boil them or not.

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    I tried that once - and I've never done it since. I had heard that it freshens up an old set and that you get back some intonation but it just made them sound terrible for me - and the rust was astronomical!!

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    I just had visuals of all that rust RD! Lol ... Waah!!!


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    I've done it a few times when I changed strings right before a gig, just to get them worn in quicker. They did wear out fast and the rust factor was higher, I agree.

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    The direct opposite of boiling your strings is putting them in the freezer overnight and them take 'em out to thaw the next day. The old expand and contract theory.
    Stretches them out pretty good and is less messy.


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    Thanks Everybody. I think I just may give it a try.

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    You know, maybe I'm lucky or something but I've never had a problem with streching out strings. That is since I've had my Robin.

    I just string it with D'Addario 10-46 tune it up and play it unclamped for around 10 minutes (tuning as I play)then lock it down retune and I'm done. The next day I'll tweak it back into tune and that's pretty much it till I change them again.

    I'm off to try and find a D-Tuna now

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    The boiling your strings comes from a LONGGGG time ago....some of the first guitars had cat-gut strings. These are kind of like nylon strings, but are made from actual cat guts. A guy that I work with has a VERY early model of a guitar (I can't remember the name) but he asked me to look for some catgut strings. He said he used to boil the strings to make them more durable...this was around WWII time fellas.
    This guy was a German prisoner in WWII and survived...he recently had a heart attack and is in the hospital...I will ask him what the name of the guitar was...I will let you all know..this would be a great history story.

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    Homeunit...I string the same way you do...SOMETIMES, I go heavier...

    I've heard of the string boiling thing, but never bothered to try...Of course, with my Strat, I slap on new strings, tune, re-tune, and that sucker stays right where I like it and I'm a brutal bender...curse of being a SRV wannabe...*LOL*

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by SactoFan:
    Homeunit...I string the same way you do...SOMETIMES, I go heavier...

    I'm a brutal bender...curse of being a SRV wannabe...*LOL*

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    you should try what I do, tune your guitar a whole step down to D, then you cen bend em to the moon

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    I have an DR String endorsement, and I swear that I'm not just saying this. . .DR strings are really great. I play .11-.52 and only stretch them once after my guitar is strung up. Then I tune up and am pretty much ready to go! They last a long time too, but I still won't go more than 2 or 3 gigs without changing them. Seriously, the strings are really good and toneful. There's a reason why they're so expensive. You can check them out at www.drstrings.com.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Jape Man:
    I have an DR String endorsement, and I swear that I'm not just saying this. . .DR strings are really great. I play .11-.52 and only stretch them once after my guitar is strung up. Then I tune up and am pretty much ready to go! They last a long time too, but I still won't go more than 2 or 3 gigs without changing them. Seriously, the strings are really good and toneful. There's a reason why they're so expensive. You can check them out at www.drstrings.com. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    never tried em before, I'll give em a go, thanks for the info

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    Anyone ever try Eddie's Peavey strings? I wonder if they're good.

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