How are handmade guitar strings really made?
That’s a great question, because a lot of companies say their strings are ‘handmade’ and don’t actually define what they mean. So, modern guitar strings simply can’t be made without the help of some sort of machinery. No matter how some folks make it sound, nobody is out there making guitar strings with a hand crank.
String winding machines are kind of like a lathe. The core of the string is stretched between two points, and the outer winding is applied as the core spins. Typically, ‘handmade guitar strings’ refers to when there is one machine operator per winding machine, feeding the wrap wire to wind around the core wire.