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Some of the old rags reported Eddie boiled his strings to pre-stretch them. I've tried it. it works, but i found it deadends the strings IMO. Vinegar would really eat up the strings due to the high pH levels. Try plain old water and dry them good.
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I seem to remember this, cuz my mate started doing it with his Bass strings, and he was a Van Halen nut, so it must have been a Van Halen connection somewhere along the line...

I think he said it stopped them rusting once they'd been boiled, but I can't remember if this is true, why that would be, or whether I'm just making it up now, as it was that long ago...

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If I'm not mistaken, Eddie boiled the strings so that they wouldn't have that really bright, new string sound to them.
 

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Yeah, I read about that twenty five years ago and have been doing it ever since. Basically it tempers the nickle so it does not stretch out over several days once its tuned up.
 

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mikemellow said:
How long do you cook them, and what wine would you reccomend?? :D
LOL :icon_thum
 
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