Loading the strings
To put on the new string, simply slide one of
the bullets into the nut, then place the other
bullet into the appropriate saddle and push down
on the back of the saddle until you hear, or feel,
This sound is the spring-loaded sliding
latch snapping into place. If you don't hear or
feel the snap, push the sliding latch toward the
saddle until it catches. Making sure the sliding
latch is all the way forward to its locked position
is important because if it isn't, two
things will happen:
1) The replaced string will be held sharp,
2) The safety catch will not be
engaged, so the string could suddenly and unexpectedly
be released and fly across the room.
Now that the new string has been
properly installed you should seat it. To seat
the new string, press down firmly on the string
just in front of the saddle and just in front
of the nut.
Then do a couple of stretching pulls
on the string.
The string is now seated and no
more stretching is necessary; just play. In fact,
if you stretch the string too vigorously, you
will damage the string. Just play the string in
for a bit and re-adjust your tuning with the fine-tuning
screw as needed.
If the string you're replacing was tuned
to your desired pitch, the new string you install
should be able to be tuned to that pitch with
the fine tuner screw. If the fine tuners do not
have enough range to tune the new string to the
previous pitch you will need to adjust the range
tuner setscrew as described below. See: "Setting
the fine tuner range on the SpeedLoader Tremolo."
a complete set of instructions in PDF format here.