Usual day, usual boredom . I'm casually playing my acoustic guitar (nylon strings FTW) when suddenly...
My D (4th) string snaps in two and I have no replacement strings. We all can agree that this is the worst feeling in the world. My guitar looks so bare without the string:
D string missing
The only way I would get a replacement string is if I could cough up five bucks and drive for about 45 minutes (got no guitar stores close to where I live ). I wasn't feeling up for the trip, and there was a heavy thunderstorm so I didn't bother. I kept trying to jam out but without the string, but I just didn't get the same feeling I usually get when playing .
After a lot of pondering, I thought about the possibility of replacing the string with this:
What was I thinking, you ask? Well to be honest, I wasn't thinking. I was desperate. So I cut myself a long piece of floss and applied it to my guitar like I would a normal guitar string. To my shock, I was able to tighten the floss to the point where plucking it actually produced an audible sound!
The floss didn't show any signs of strain. I was (and still am) actually able to play some songs on it and even play natural/artificial harmonics on the floss string! The only downside to it was that to keep the floss from slacking, I had to tighten it quite a bit which would result in a very high pitch sound being produced from it when it was plucked. Also, the string went slack quite often on it's own. But still, a floss guitar string!
So if you're ever missing a guitar string and you have no replacements, could you use dental floss as a substitute? Yes, you can. Consider this myth confirmed.