Drill for changing strings?
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I watched a video last night on guitar maintenance (I know, but I was tired of reading!) and the technician used a dremel-type drill to unwind and rewind the strings on the tuning pegs. This could change my life. I could take up surfing in the time I’d likely save. So – what type of tool is used? I also suspect there would have to be a particular fitting for the end to fit over the pegs. Thanks.
The first one of these I purchased was called a Turbo Tuner. It was a string side winder with a removable head that would fit into the bit of any drill. I did a quick search before responding and cannot find anything with that name. However, I did find a couple of products that do exactly the same thing, the Planet Waves Drill Bit Peg Winder which you can find on Amazon for $7.00. This will fit into any drill. Also, Ernie Ball now makes a rechargeable drill that has a built -in peg that is a dedicated tool just for changing strings on guitars. There are 2 models, one for $20 and one for $35 available through http://www.Musiciansfriend.com
Thank you, swickb007! I have ordered the Ernie Ball drill based on your recommendations. I talked to one of the maintenance guys in our district; he fashioned a drill bit for me from a bolt (provide your own drill). Soon I will be able to change strings much more quickly. You have my permission to take the rest of the day off. Just show this post to your principal…
A cordless screwdriver will work with the drill bit peg winder as well.
I teach a core group of students how to do this at the beginning of the year and leave it up to them. I think it’s important to practice such maintenance skills as young students so that they are prepared for later life as a musician. We don’t use anything fancier than a hand crank string change tool.
If you use primarily nylon string guitars for class (as I do) you might want to consider putting a set of string tie blocks on your students’ guitars.
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