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gurg06 10-03-2012 11:12 AM

Guitar in case = dull strings
So I just changed the strings on my les paul, played for about an hour to stretch and break them in, put the guitar in its case to go to band practice and after about an hour of being in the case, the strings are no longer shiny and nice to play like they were an hour ago!

This happens every time I change strings and it really annoys me! does anyone know how to keep strings fresh when the guitar is in a case for a decent amount of time? I'm using a hardshell case that has a soft plush lining (The one that came with my les paul)

Thanks people!

tubetime86 10-03-2012 11:22 AM

Did the plush lining get wet at some point? I would think it's either moisture in the case, or the sweat and oil from your fingers is super corrosive which can be true of some people...

GABarrie 10-03-2012 11:24 AM

get some string cleaner/wipes, could well be your fingers

H4T3BR33D3R 10-03-2012 11:48 AM

I'd say it's your fingers. Either wipe down your guitar after you play (including strings) or get string lubricant.

adambauman31 10-03-2012 12:27 PM

maybe look at different brands. i don't have that problem with d'addario xl's.

gurg06 10-03-2012 01:56 PM

Cheers for the replys!

Originally Posted by adambauman31
maybe look at different brands. i don't have that problem with d'addario xl's.

they're what I'm using!

I'l look into string cleaner I think. Although when I leave my guitar on a stand the strings don't go dull for about two weeks, even with heavy usage. Is there any good way of getting moisture out of the case? it does feel somewhat damp on inspection.

GABarrie 10-03-2012 02:11 PM

leave it open in a warm room

also those little packs of silica gel when it's closed

JesterQuint 10-03-2012 02:32 PM

I had the same problem untill I started using Elixir anti rust strings!

Reincaster 10-03-2012 08:43 PM

Are you wiping them down before you put it away? That's the key. And not just a quick swipe, it might take a few good swipes to get rid of the oils.

They have a device called the String Cleaner that cleans the top and bottom portion of the strings at the same time. I have corrosive sweat I guess, and wiping them down with a microfiber cloth really helps, so I recommend it to everyone.

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