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Does anyone have any hints on how to best change the strings on the JTV59.  I always try and get a few neat windings on the string tree which means the string needs to be a little long befroe its tightened and needs to be taught so it feeds on neatly.  With every other bridge I've used the string has been fixed at the bridge end  so it's not a problem.  But with the JTV-59 it's loose.  I've kinda worked out a way to do it by stretching my hands to do multiple jobs but sometimes the string comes free at the bridge anyhow. Am I missing something simple here?

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I have therefore changed the original JTV59 tuners to locking tuners. I personally think that bridge end doesn't hold the string properly when changing strings - it is a faulty design to me. But there are probably other ideas to fix that.

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I don't think you are missing anything simple (or, if so, I am missing it too). I haven't really found a good way to get consistent string windings on my JTV-59. As you note, you seem to need too many hands. As a result I often have strings with too many or too few winds.

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Same problem here.  Has anyone tried taping the strings down at the bridge end with, say, painter's tape?  Maybe that works.

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I just hook the string to the bridge, hold it there with 1 finger, slide the other end thru the tunning peg and bend it "hard"...then it's just a matter of winding it up!

 

It's kind of unpractical, these kind of bridges, but you'll get the hang of it...

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I use locking auto trim tuners from planet waves but I think it would hold true to standard tuners also.  I actually put the string through the tuner peg first, then I put on the wrap around bridge.  Then I just pull it taught. simple and quick.  though for standard tuners I would make sure your tuning peg holes are at a 90 degree angle to start off with so its easier to wrap and lock the string.

here is a video on proper string winding....

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This is how I do it!

 

I hook the string to the bridge, place my right hand over the 12th fret and hold the string with my thumb. Then with my left hand, I insert the string in the peg until it's almost completely stretched to my hand, bend the string at the peg to hold it in place, and wind it up. Works pretty good for me. It's fast,practical, and the string get an even turn on the pegpost-1452789-0-32700700-1369492774_thumb.jpgpost-1452789-0-39279100-1369492854_thumb.jpg

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This is how I do it!

 

I hook the string to the bridge, place my right hand over the 12th fret and hold the string with my thumb. Then with my left hand, I insert the string in the peg until it's almost completely stretched to my hand, bend the string at the peg to hold it in place, and wind it up. Works pretty good for me. It's fast,practical, and the string get an even turn on the pegattachicon.gifimage.jpgattachicon.gifimage.jpg

 

that's pretty standard... the video shows a little more clever way of doing it, because it essentially locks the string over itself... it's as close as you can get to locking tuners without locking tuners as it provides many of the same benefits.

both ways of course are valid, and i use them both...

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I didn't have the 59 even 24 hours before I put locking tuners on it.
I LOVE the grover rotomatic locking tuners. They make at least one set which is a direct drop in replacement.
The ones I have, I believe, are considered the "minis". They are a little smaller than the ones that come on the 59, but they look nice.

 
Well worth the investment. Just push the strings through the holes and bring it to pitch. No slack required, and no manual locking mechanism.
I have heard the planet waves are good, but I've been a fan of grovers for many years, and I don't like the thumb screw on the back side of the planet waves.

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I didn't have the 59 even 24 hours before I put locking tuners on it.

I LOVE the grover rotomatic locking tuners. They make at least one set which is a direct drop in replacement.

The ones I have, I believe, are considered the "minis". They are a little smaller than the ones that come on the 59, but they look nice.

 

Well worth the investment. Just push the strings through the holes and bring it to pitch. No slack required, and no manual locking mechanism.

I have heard the planet waves are good, but I've been a fan of grovers for many years, and I don't like the thumb screw on the back side of the planet waves.

Any chance you can get the exact Grover model number please?  Are they these:

http://www.amazon.com/Grover-406C-Rotomatic-Locking-Machine/dp/B0007Y3XGW/ref=pd_cp_MI_2

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Yes... 406c is the model I have.

One thing that is interesting to note:

 

It seems that there may be a fair amount of variation in the post holes from one 59 to the next.
I first put these 406c tuners on a 59 I ordered from music123. They seem to fit "ok" but the holes were a little large.
I really had to tighten down on the locknut to make sure they didn't move around.
I ended up having a problem with that guitar (not related to the tuners) and had to put the original tuners back in to send it back.

When I inserted the tuners in the 59 I have now the holes were a little smaller and the tuners fit tightly. Same model, same finish, but there was a noticeable difference in the size of the post holes.

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To All,

 

Yep - a capo is the way to go.  I learned this from trying to change the strings on my epiphone Broadway!

 

Cheers, Mike

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Well, I play a lot with heavy bendings and prefer locking tuners. I replaced the original tuners with Schaller M6 Clamped 3R/3L Chrome2. Fits and stay in tune. For warranty repairing by Line6 I had to replace back to the original tuners and it was easy.

 

However, I am not allowed to use the picture links in this board, so here is the link to a post in the German line6forum.com with two pictures of my JTV-59 TSB and the Schaller M6 Clamped 3R/3L Chrome2: http://line6forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=76&t=11783

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