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Old 09-08-2012, 07:20 AM   #21
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I use elixir nanoweb, and they last me months. Before I started using them, I used EB slinky's, and I'd be changing them out every 7-14 days. Double the money, but they easily last me 10X as long.
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:11 AM   #22
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I use elixir nanoweb, and they last me months. Before I started using them, I used EB slinky's, and I'd be changing them out every 7-14 days. Double the money, but they easily last me 10X as long.


This! Last October I bought 6 packs of the Elixir 7-string sets (Just Strings had a sale on at the time.). Each of the two packs I've used so far, the Elixir's could've easily kept its tone over 6 months. I only change the strings every 6 months because I like the feel of fresh strings. Yes, Elixirs are expensive but they have great value in the long run. Needless to say that Elixir is the only brand I'll ever use.
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:27 AM   #23
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Go try them?

You'll get people who love them and hate them. For example, I can't stand elixirs. But jpatan does. Does that mean they suck? No. It just means they don't work for me. You're better off doing a bit of trial and error to find what you like, luckily it's not terribly expensive.
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:31 AM   #24
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:58 AM   #25
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i think any faster wearing etc, is all a placebo effect. we have a new toy we are skeptical of, so we find reasons in our head to think of something.

"oh wait, i need to see if they wore faster....wait did i just, hear, i think i di.....yeah it wore out faster!!!!"

I thought Cobalts were awesome when I first put them on, and was shocked to find them wear out so fast. I wasn't skeptical at all, but now I have a firm opinion.
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:28 PM   #26
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If you play for an hour per day, you should be changing your strings at least every two weeks to keep them fresh.

well then I guess that makes me a month or two overdue doesn't it?
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:29 PM   #27
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There isn't a determined time you should replace strings. You should play what feels and sounds best to you, which for some (like me) is pretty well worn in strings. Unless you're dropping out of tune where then switch immediately.

EDIT: And there's a difference between worn in and losing all tonality, as the Cobalts did for me.
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:21 PM   #28
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^Just saying, the difference could merely be that you don't like the sound of Cobalts when they are worn in. However, like I said, hit them with a dose of Dunlop string cleaner and they sound fresh again. I don't actually change my strings as often as I should. I know few players who do. However, in terms of corrosion, Cobalts take forever to form any kind of rust or discoloration compared to normal slinky's. They're just like any string you'll find - they have pros and cons. If you like the pros enough to overlook the cons, you've found your strings.
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:21 PM   #29
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Just wanted to say you guys were completely right about GC. I thought maybe hey, they can't really be that bad. They were worse than I though. They basically stole my $60.

I called the guitar repair guy at GC in advance to ask questions and he told me the complete guitar tune up and set up would take an hour. I went in there, and he literally rushed through it in around 15 minutes. All he did was restring it, adjust the truss rod, and adjust the bridge. That's it. For $60. I could have done all of that myself. Over the phone he told me he would check the electronics and a bunch of other stuff too. He quickly rushed mine and moved on to the next customer.

I'm never giving GC my money again, even for a guitar. Their customer service is beyond horrible. Hopefully there will be a small guitar shop or something near Sacramento where I will be going to college.
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:26 PM   #30
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Oh, and my strings buzz the same amount, if not more now... When playing unamplified of course. Is there any fix for this?
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:47 PM   #31
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Oh, and my strings buzz the same amount, if not more now... When playing unamplified of course. Is there any fix for this?

Tap the frets with a rubber mallet.
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:41 PM   #32
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I have, and they are pretty good sounding and feeling when you first play them, but wear out like nobody's business. Twice as fast as normal EBs. Too fast to warrant a $6 price difference of typical Slinkys (give of take a few bucks)

And regular non-cobalt EB's wear out/sound bad stupidly fast. Which sucks, because IMO EB's sound better then D'Addario.
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:54 PM   #33
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i Havent played anything but cobalts since they came out and i love them
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:19 PM   #34
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And regular non-cobalt EB's wear out/sound bad stupidly fast. Which sucks, because IMO EB's sound better then D'Addario.


That's what I love about Eb. They dull quickly. I hate the sound of fresh strings.
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Old 09-09-2012, 03:25 PM   #35
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Oh, and my strings buzz the same amount, if not more now... When playing unamplified of course. Is there any fix for this?


If it's only unamplified, why are you worried? Ever guitar I've ever played has at least some fret buzz when playing un-amped. If it isn't affecting your sound amplified or the playability of the guitar, then you're obsessing over nothing IMO.

Your best bet is to take it to somewhere better for a setup. If GC had done that to me, I would have demanded my money back on the spot and told them all of the things that you were promised for that price. Too often people get taken advantage of in the service industry because they don't have the balls to complain and demand value for their money. You are the customer, your word is law. If you were promised a service, paid for that service, then didn't get it and paid for it and walked away anyway, that's your fault, not theirs.
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