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Monday, November 28, 2011

An Interesting Guitar String Substitute

Current mood: weird

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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:

Dental floss

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.
4:28 pm - 7 comments - 10 Kudos - Report!
davrockist wrote on Nov 28th, 2011 9:07pm

lolwut hahaha


BlessedRebel15 wrote on Nov 28th, 2011 9:10pm

omygod! too cool!


behind_youa wrote on Nov 28th, 2011 9:12pm

BlessedRebel15 wrote on Nov 28th, 2011 at 11:10pm :
omygod! too cool!

I know! The floss has been there for a couple of days now and it's still holding strong lol.


stealstrings wrote on Nov 29th, 2011 6:52am

Wowz. coolz. Incredible..... I can't think of anymore. :p:


ramram^_^ wrote on Nov 29th, 2011 9:08pm



sikorad15 wrote on Nov 5th, 2013 3:58pm

i think i will now switch to floss.... lol


owlman13 wrote on Nov 5th, 2013 10:19pm

lol. this rocks! i'll try it. considering i lost my D string too....hahaha!


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