I wanted to share this for the very small chance it prevents someone else from ending up in this situation.
Yesterday I was changing my strings with the exact same string set, and after I replaced the 5th string I noticed that it was thicker than usual. When taking a closer look it was actually about the same diameter as the 6th string. After numerous comparisons I finally concluded that I wasn’t crazy and I had actually received a string set with a fabrication error.
The only problem was that I had already cut my 5th string in order to replace it . I’m guessing this is a pretty rare occasion? This was only my second time replacing the strings haha.
Anyway, the lesson to be learned here is to check if all the strings in the set have the correct size before cutting your old one. Even if this barely happens, a quick check saves you an annoying situation.
left: new 6th string
middle: new 5th string
right: old 5th string
And what a pity that this exception now happens with something as dull as a set of strings …you probably had just such a small chance at a big cash prize… if only you had bought a staatsloterij lot … (lottery ticket)
On a strat-type electric, the string is fed in from the back of the body, so the ball end is inside the body. To remove the string requires pushing the string back through the hole from the front to the back.
The part that was wrapped around the post is kinked up, making it difficult to push (or pull, however you want to look at it) through the hole.
Cutting the string somewhere in the middle gives me a straight wire on the ball end, which slides through that hole easily. I hope that makes sense.
I have a Strat too, but I still don’t cut the strings. I would think that anyone who plays guitar regularly has a string winder, no? It takes all of a few seconds to unwind all six strings enough to unwrap them from the peg and pull off. Then you pull the string through the body… you don’t push them.
I would agree that cutting the strings is “quicker”, but I don’t see why anyone would be in such an immense rush that a time saving of less than a minute is a critical factor. But each to their own.