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    What is Your Preferred String Winder - Best String Winder

    I am going to get a string winder. Any advice is appreciated.

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    I have only one winder - the Planet Waves Pro Winder. Changed strings on two guitars this weekend, including 12-string slothead, and I found it quite fiddly as it did not stick well to the tuner knobs. So I ended up turning a lot of the knobs by hand without tool. It also squeaked like hell when I turned it fast to loosen the strings. If I read about a better tool here I might go for it.

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    I have several.

    I don't like this one (this is a Dunlop, but I've seen the same winder from different companies):



    I don't like it because if I don't pay attention or am in a hurry, it smacks the side of the headstock and leaves marks. Particularly a problem with headstocks shaped like my DV6:



    I have one of these, too, and it seems to work a little better, and I don't have to keep reaching for the wire cutters to cut off string excess after I get it wound on:



    YMMV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gjmalcyon View Post
    I have one of these, too, and it seems to work a little better, and I don't have to keep reaching for the wire cutters to cut off string excess after I get it wound on:



    YMMV.

    I have this one - works fine, the wire cutters attached makes it very handy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    I have this one - works fine, the wire cutters attached makes it very handy!

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    That is the the Planet Waves Pro Winder that I was also referring to, maybe I just need more practice with it.

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    I have one like the Planet Waves unit pictured above. It works ok (the winding part wobbles a bit on small tuner buttons).

    And I hereby offer a third "thumbs-up" re: the wire cutter. Better than diagonal cutters, imo, because it encloses the string with two semi-circle-shaped cutting notches.
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    I use a four volt Ryobi cordless screw gun from Home Depot, and the bit from Stewmac. Changes strings in record time!
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    I'm with Sandy..... it's all about the POWER!! I bought the Ernie Ball Power Peg. Fits in my hand easily and works on all knobs so far. Makes restringing a BREEZE!!




    I never restring without wire nippers and needle nose pliers. Cut the strings to length, put a little bend in them to get them started and wind away!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by davismanLV View Post
    I'm with Sandy..... it's all about the POWER!! I bought the Ernie Ball Power Peg. Fits in my hand easily and works on all knobs so far. Makes restringing a BREEZE!!




    I never restring without wire nippers and needle nose pliers. Cut the strings to length, put a little bend in them to get them started and wind away!!
    Hmmm....I can always use another power tool .....

    Whaddaya think about those Red strings? I got them for stupid cheap as a closeout at the local GC, tried them (can't remember which guitar), and didn't like 'em. I cannot remember (at least not yet) what I didn't like, but I'm fairly certain they came off early.
    '69 Yamaha FG-110 (mom & dad)
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    '72 F-212XL (ex-idealassets - now with a nephew)
    '83 D-35 (ex-Walking Man, ex-Qvart)
    '92 JF4-12 (ex-grumpyguybill)
    '07 F-47R (ex-mikemo6string)
    '74 G-37 (ex-Gardman, ex-Neal)
    '94 D-6 (CL find)
    '61 F-40B (ex-Walking Man)
    GAD F-130R NAT (ex-Killdeer43, ex-Jeffcoop,)
    GAD-30 NAT (ex-Killdeer43, ex-Geoguy - now with a different nephew)
    GAD D125-12 (ex-BoneDigger)
    NS SFIV-ST (ex-BoneDigger)
    '99 DeArmond M-75 (why not?)

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    When I bought my first guitar (a Gibson J45) in 1970, I also purchased a Dunlop winder and a small pair of nippers for cutting off the string ends. I still use these same two items and see no need to change.
    I have small cordless drills for woodworking but I enjoy connecting with my guitars when I change strings. I generally put on some music and pour a small glass of ____ while I change strings, and it's an enjoyable process.
    I'm not a purist or elitist when it comes to string winders and this setup has worked for almost 47 years, so I'll probably stick with it.


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