Try these handy string spreaders instead of the makeshift method you've been using—they'll become a busy addition to your basic tools.
Each curved brass spreader fits behind the neck, to capture the loosened strings and give you room for filing, cleaning, polishing or light repairs. Finish-friendly rubberized coating protects the neck.
3-3/8" long, set of 2.
Our thanks to repairman David Lynch for inspiring this handy tool.