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Review: Steve Hunter String Change Buddy

I love Bigsbys. I love the vintage vibe and the smooth warble, and, as a result, I have far too many guitars that are Bigsby equipped.
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I love Bigsbys. I love the vintage vibe and the smooth warble, and, as a result, I have far too many guitars that are Bigsby equipped. This is a problem—a BIG problem—because that means I have a lot of strings to change on these beautiful demons, and changing strings on a Bigbsy tremolo sucks almost as bad as slamming your thumb in door of a Ford F-150 truck. Well, little did I know that for all the joy Steve Hunter’s guitar parts have brought me on classic Alice Cooper and Lou Reed records (among many others), he would do me one more huge solid by devising the String Change Buddy ($9.99 direct). As he says himself, “Sometimes the most frustrating problems have the simplest answers,” and the übersimplistic String Change Buddy is a lifesaver. Pre-Buddy, it took gymnastic dexterity to drop the ball end of the string onto the tremolo bar’s pin, and, in my case at least, nine times out of ten, as soon as I started pulling the string towards the headstock tuners— plop—the ball would drop off the pin. Now, I just slide the foam String Change Buddy under the bar, and the string-end balls are held gently and firmly on their pins. Voila! No more Adult Swim-like, planet-rending explosions of cartoon anger. I’m also more inclined to change my strings long before they become caked with sweat, grit, and other nasty things that kill tone. The String Change Buddy also can be stored between the bridge and string bar to dampen string rattle.
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