I have recently worked with a guitarist who plays in a band that tours a lot. Now he claims that he breaks more strings when I change them, because I use an electric screwdriver with a peg winder attachment. That's what he's been told by other tech he met while on the road.
I don't know what am I missing here? The only thing that can happen is that the nut on a die-cast tuner will go loose when winding up. With some cheap tuners the post can rub on the nut and in turn loosen it. But I know this is something that happens with regular tuning too and I know I am not the first one to figure this out. You just need to double-check it.
Any ideas on what else could pose a problem by using a simple cordless machine that only goes up to 280 rpm? Do you think that winding by hand is superior to a cordless screwdriver?
I am completely confident that cranking by hand or by machine only does one thing - it gets the string on that d*** guitar, that's all. I really don't see a point here, the screw and gear turn and the string gets wound up. One is a bit faster that the other, that's all.
Sorry guys for an emotional outburst, but this one really takes the cake.
Just plain B.S., the breakage has nothing to do with your winder method. Is he breaking the strings in the same place each time? Maybe trying some new stuff from his bag of tricks? Deep bends, Peter Townshend flywheel picking?
Another "Paul" here claiming bullsh*t.
Your proof: The tuning machine doesn't know what's winding it.
"How" it's wound makes a tremendous difference, but you've been around the block a few times and I'm confident your winds are fine.
I'd love to hear from his "other tech" as to how he came up with this diagnosis. Without that, it's all just baseless jabbering.
Hang in there, Tad :)
Model T engines probably lasted longer because people had to hand crank them too. (Those darn electric starters!!) I'm also pretty sure that the tires on my car wear out faster now because I use an air compressor to fill them instead of a foot pump.
Winding is winding. I can't see how it matters what turns the crank. Sounds like someone else trying to steal your business to me.
Try the power of suggestion:
Next time he wants the strings changed, give him a "placebo". Do it as you've always done it (with a power winder) and tell him "There! Done entirely by hand and I'm certain you'll notice the difference"... then let him come back with his glowing report.
I agree that It does not matter. However, If he is paying well; I would wind them with only my tender loving fingers.
I like the string winder done by hand! Because when I use the power winder I can go to fast and go over tuned and that is where I break the string. f you are winding 6 or 8 times it would be faster to use the power winder .
I use the martin way to winde and you only need one wrap and It is locked over one wrap. That is enough>
My parlour trick was to install the strings so that when tuned, the tuning keys were all flat - i.e. in the same horizontal plane. I never got it perfect but got close a few times. A customer asked "Why?'. My answer was "Because I can". Easier on a bass than a guitar in my experience, but bass is my specialty, so ....
I think that someone else already alluded to this but it seem to me that you need to know which strings are breaking and where the strings are breaking before you can assume anything.
I realize that I'm hardly a gauge of this sort of thing, but I MIGHT break a string once every couple of years. When I do, it's such an anomaly that I can't NOT treat it as something that needs to be addressed. To me, I should never break strings so the idea that someone is complaining, not because they are breaking strings but because they are breaking strings more often than usual is crazy.
Maybe my ignorance is hanging out again. Is breaking strings really all that common that some people accept it as just part of playing?