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D'Addario Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder/Cutter

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The Planet Waves Pro-Winder is a patented high-quality peg winder with a built-in string clipper. Ergonomically designed with hardened tool-steel wir...Click To Read More About This Product

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The ultimate restringing tool.

The Planet Waves Pro-Winder is a patented high-quality peg winder with a built-in string clipper. Ergonomically designed with hardened tool-steel wire cutters. The Pro-Winder enables you to change strings with just a single tool. Easy and comfortable to use. Unconditionally guaranteed.


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D'Addario Planet WavesPro-Winder String Winder/Cutter
 
4.4

(based on 152 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (104)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (68)
  • Functional (68)
  • Good quality (62)
  • Improves sound (5)

Cons

  • Poor quality (5)
  • Difficult to use (4)
  • Not functional (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (20)
  • Concerts (14)
  • Back-up (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (56), Novice (15), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pretty good, overall

I used this for the first time yesterday. I had just bought it recently. The overall construction probably could be better, although it is probably OK.

The quick string winding...Read complete review

I used this for the first time yesterday. I had just bought it recently. The overall construction probably could be better, although it is probably OK.

The quick string winding aspect of it works very well and the string cutter does work. The cutting action doesn't feel very precise, but the cutting edges did cut through the strings pretty well. I don't know how long the cutting edges will stay sharp.

I do recommend having a pair of needlenose pliers handy to use along with this tool, because I always pull the string ends tight to take up slack with needlenose pliers during the winding process.

I have to tell you that the opening in the bridge pin puller part of the tool doesn't fit a Martin bridge pin on my HD-28 Martin guitar. The opening in the tool is too small. However, if you tilt the tool sideways to the bridge pin and pry, then you might be able to pop the bridge pin out.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pictorial Deception

If the product received was the same as the one shown in the photograph, it would have been an excellent tool. What you truly receive is a cheap plastic (not resin impregnated) handle...Read complete review

If the product received was the same as the one shown in the photograph, it would have been an excellent tool. What you truly receive is a cheap plastic (not resin impregnated) handle with scallops in the side of it which weaken it even more. Notice the one in the picture has no scallops. Instead of the cutter being made of fine tool steel, as it appears in the photograph, it is constructed of stamped sheet metal with a high chromium content. This means the tool will wear out rather quickly. In conclusion, this tool would only be good for a couple of years at best before it would have to be replaced. Planet Waves claims it has a lifetime warranty, but I'm sure they don't honor that warranty. If they did, they'd lose too much money. This device was never designed to last a lifetime. This will become immediately apparent when you take it out of the box. Overall, a huge let down. I would have paid twice the price if it had been constructed as shown in the photograph.

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(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Pictorial Deception

By Guitarman470

from Ohio

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Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder/Cutter:

If the product received was the same as the one shown in the photograph, it would have been an excellent tool. What you truly receive is a cheap plastic (not resin impregnated) handle with scallops in the side of it which weaken it even more. Notice the one in the picture has no scallops. Instead of the cutter being made of fine tool steel, as it appears in the photograph, it is constructed of stamped sheet metal with a high chromium content. This means the tool will wear out rather quickly. In conclusion, this tool would only be good for a couple of years at best before it would have to be replaced. Planet Waves claims it has a lifetime warranty, but I'm sure they don't honor that warranty. If they did, they'd lose too much money. This device was never designed to last a lifetime. This will become immediately apparent when you take it out of the box. Overall, a huge let down. I would have paid twice the price if it had been constructed as shown in the photograph.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

The old design was better

By Old Coot

from Central Illinois

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Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Difficult To Use
  • Klutzy Design

Best Uses

  • Backup

Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder/Cutter:

I wish Planet Wave would have kept the old design. Really I wish I had bought six of them. This current product works fine and is utilitarian, however it's no where near as easy to use and the old design. It's like trying to unwind and wind the strings with a pair of pliers.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Ok. Not great. Inexpensive. Liked prior design much better.

By JB

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Old design was much better
  • Poor Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder/Cutter:

    The old design was much better, but this is the only one I've seen out there.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Functional and sturdy enough but...

    By Jim

    from Co.

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder/Cutter:

        Bridge pin puller too small for my Takamine pins

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Useful and versitile

        By boomer bill

        from Southern California

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        Pros

        • Effortless Cutting
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

        • Feels Odd In The Hand

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Speeds Up String Changes

        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder/Cutter:

        This unit fits all guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo tuning peg styles. Doesn't have a pin pulling feature. Cuts beautifully. Feels odd in the hand compared to crank style winders, but - it cuts!

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Handy little tool.

        By Brad the Guitar Guy

        from DC Area

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        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder/Cutter:

        Does the job very well. Having the built in cutter is huge, since I'm always losing my wire cutters, and the scissors on my Swiss army knife can barely make it through a low E string. And I'm getting too old to keep using my teeth to trim the excess strings. It was OK when I was in my 20's, but I'm in my 40's now and I think my teeth are getting weaker. Maybe I need more calcium in my diet. I'll start buying the Oranje Juice with the added calcium. But anyway, yeah, great little tool, well worth the extra cost when compared to the cheap plastic 3.00 winders. Also the bridge pin puller works very well, that should also save me some dental bills!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great! But not for a Warwick.

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder/Cutter:

        This is a very handy tool. The string cutter is nice. My only problem is I primarily use my Warwick and with the angle of its tuning keys I would not recommend this for use with a Warwick.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Handy Lil' Tool

        By Paul Lowery

        from Schenectady, NY

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        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder/Cutter:

        I just recently got this as a Christmas present and I have to admit it's a handy little tool. It makes removing and replacing strings a lot easier. And also, the built in string cutter is pretty cool to, it's just a little difficult to figure out at first, but after you get it the first time it's smooth sailing from there. Overall, good tool for 8 bucks

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Muat have

        By Jdaly

        from Long Island, New York

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        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder/Cutter:

        This thing is so useful speeds up changing strings tremendously. The wire cutter and peg pryer is great alone

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very useful.

        By Loopio

        from Tucson, AZ

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        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder/Cutter:

        It works. No complaints.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        NICE TRY!

        By Beatlegeo

        from Blue Ridge, Ga.

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Quality

        Cons

        • Not Functional

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder/Cutter:

        Does not fit on Recording King Banjo, RK-20 Planetary tuner buttons.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        String winder

        By Blugrsr

        from Yuma, Az

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder/Cutter:

            Handy for both my guitars and ukuleles

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I wanted this to pull my bridge pins.

            By Nonickname

            from Carmel Valley, CA

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder/Cutter:

              I bought two because I needed some bridge pin pullers. The winder I dont use and the cutter I could but dont use either since its easier for me to use wire cutters to cut strings. Otherwise a good product.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Quality down a bit compared with old model.

              By Old Smokey

              from Central PA

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Noisy

              Best Uses

                Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder/Cutter:

                This one has an unpainted snipper end, the older one I lost was all black. This one has a tendency to squeak when using the crank, my old one was quiet. Loosening the set screw helps a bit but still squeaks some. Oiling it did not improve it.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I would buy this product again

                By SD Geezer

                from South Dakota

                About Me Novice

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder/Cutter:

                    This little tool is awesome. I almost enjoy changing strings now. This winder, cutter, pin popper works like it supposed to. The cutter is handy, but I especially like the pin popper and winder.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Does the work

                    By Xiao

                    from OR

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Could Be Better

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder/Cutter:

                      The wire cutter could have been better. It is too thick so there is still a quite large part of string left after I use it to cut the string. And the winder always slips out of the tuner while I use it, it doesn't hold the tuner very well.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      perfect product at the right price

                      By Robbie

                      from New Haven,CT

                      About Me Novice

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality
                      • Improves Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

                        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder/Cutter:

                        The pro string winder / cutter functioned perfectly. Being new to the game, it didn't take long to get the hang of removing the bridge pegs. I had broken a string and decided to change out all with a new set of D'Addario acoustic custom light strings and this tool accomplished the process without a hitch.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great all-in-one

                        By Andy

                        from Pungo Creek, NC

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                        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder/Cutter:

                        It's nice having all I need for string changes in one tool.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Does what its supposed to

                        By Phinsfan54zt

                        from Fort Pierce, Fl

                        About Me Novice

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                        Pros

                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder/Cutter:

                            I bought this for restringing my guitars and it does everything it is supposed to. I especially love the cutter! The Pro-Winder is great for unwinding but is kind of awkward when trying to use it to wind, as its just a little strange getting it started. All in all a good product and I would recommend. Also seems very sturdy. As long as your not slamming it or jumping on it, this thing is going to survive simple drops and things of that nature.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Got it again.

                            By ahg

                            from south east

                            About Me Experienced

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder/Cutter:

                                Had it before with my old guitar. Sold it with the Pro Winder. Got a new guitar and bought it again because it's the best.

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