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A few months ago I bought a new guitar. I have written about it a few times, and I still love my Charvel ProMod So-Cal super Strat. But, near daily playing has taken a toll on the strings. They first became less bright, and in the last few weeks, they have been drifting out of tune.

I know that means that they are shagged, and need to be changed. A task I was dreading, as I had heard all sorts of horror stories about changing strings on a Floyd Rose floating tremolo bar. Nightmares about not being able to get it back in tune. About how scary it is to take wire cutters to the ball end. Gulp.

This is the start of a 3 day weekend, and I figured that I would get all set to change the strings. I had a set of Ernie Ball Slinky’s, 9 gauge strings, I brought out a thick terry cloth towel to work on. I assembled the tools needed (a string winder, side cutters, a block for the tremolo, 3mm hex wrench, and a very accurate tuner.

A few weeks ago, I watched a tutorial on Youtube, and it looked easy enough. Block the tremolo, loosen the strings, loosen the clamp on the tremolo, remove the string, clip the ball end, insert it into the tremolo block, tighten it down, feed it into the tuning machine, and tighten it up.

Repeat 5 more times, remove the tremolo block, and then tune it up.

Sounds simple, but all the items I read and watched on YouTube said that tuning was a long, iterative process.

I was expecting it to take literally hours…

But, from start to finish, fully tuned, and clamped down, it took about 40 minutes, including a thorough cleaning and treatment of the fretboard.

Why the heck was I so worried?

The guitar sounds AMAZING.

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