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2 weeks 6 5.04%
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:40 PM   #21
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About every seven weeks on my main guitar (Fender Strat).

Much longer on my acoustic (EJ-200)
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:37 PM   #22
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i change my strings irregularly depending on how long it takes before they start to feel rough and icky. or when they break.

sometimes they last 6 months, sometimes they last a few hours
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:08 PM   #23
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With my guitars, I usually change them once a month or two. Once they go longer than 3 months, they begin to feel really dirty and dull sounding.
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:28 PM   #24
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Every 3-4 weeks on my electric which is played almost everyday and played live every Sunday morning. I'll let my acoustic go 2-3 months as it doesn't get as much play time.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:32 PM   #25
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When one breaks, I change 'em all. This happens every 3-4 weeks.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:06 PM   #26
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Whenever I have the money to buy new strings, or I feel they need a change. Whichever's more convenient.
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:27 AM   #27
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Ideally I like to change them every 3 months, but sometimes I'll wait up to 6 months.

It's easy for me because I can't stand the tone of brand new strings. Way too bright and clangy/snappy. Awful. Generally, the further broken in they are, the better they sound to me, but then you have to balance with them sounding good and them feeling bad. But within 6 months, that's really never an issue for me. My strings don't ever rust, or even really accumulate dirt and gunk like a ton of guitars do. Not sure why not, just my genetics I guess.
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:07 AM   #28
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I change them about every 2-4 months, kind of depending unless a string snaps during a solo or I hit the strings way too hard like an idiot.
I make sure to wash my hands before playing and that seems to help them last longer.
Though I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of how new strings sound. I have to play a couple of days before I hit that sweet spot where they've settled in I guess.

Though when I used to play in my old band, I used to have to change them once a week.
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:17 AM   #29
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I've never had a problem, but I changed the strings on all my guitars at once the other day and now they're all slippery and when I bend I can't get under the string as well and my muting is all off.

It seems to be a bit better now and maybe it's a case of just me and new strings but it was horrible.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:10 AM   #30
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As soon as I notice my strings starting to feel "grabby" against my fingers, I'll change em. Or if I notice them starting to lose their brightness, less harmonics and whatnot.

It's usually around 3 or 4 months, sometimes more. It helps having more than one main guitar, takes the heat off just one set of strings
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:04 PM   #31
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Usually about 3-5 months, or whenever the intonation goes/ don't stay in tune.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:08 PM   #32
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Only if they start feeling rusty/dead or if one breaks, I'll change the whole lot.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:30 PM   #33
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Around 6 weeks is what I go for, with Ernie Ball skinny top/heavy bottom. That's right around where they start to sound like I'm turning to tone knob down every few days.

I just slapped some Everly B-52's on last week, they already feel better, we'll see how long they last.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:14 PM   #34
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Main gigging guitar (S520EX) - usually every month
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Bass - Not since I bought it 3 years ago. I have a set waiting to be put on I've just never gotten around to it.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:42 PM   #35
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Currently owning 9 guitars, and playing all of them pretty much. I do not sweat much when I play and I don't notice strings becoming 'bad' until they have grooves from the frets. Hate the metallic sound of new strings by the way.

So... Once a year? (Meaning 9 sets of strings a year, on average.)
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:18 PM   #36
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whenever one breaks normally. If I'm playing a gig, I always change them before hand.
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:29 AM   #37
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Once they start sounding dull, thats 1-2 months, depending on my playing. I try to keep them fresh by washing my hands before I play etc. If I've just been lazy and not changed my strings, starting to record something will motivate me to change them.

Changing the strings is fun and all, it's like giving your girlfriend a treat. It can be the biggest PITA though if a string breaks for whatever reason and you have to open another pack...
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:38 PM   #38
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can anyone explain to me how on earth you make guitar strings last over a month?

i mean, the only set that last around a month for me are the coated elixirs...

since i don't like the way they feel i use the regular daddarios / gibsons and those wont last

more than 2 weeks.

my current set is 5 days in use and already i can tell they wont last much longer...

i do wipe them after every use but that doesn't help
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:43 PM   #39
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can anyone explain to me how on earth you make guitar strings last over a month?

i mean, the only set that last around a month for me are the coated elixirs...

since i don't like the way they feel i use the regular daddarios / gibsons and those wont last

more than 2 weeks.

my current set is 5 days in use and already i can tell they wont last much longer...

i do wipe them after every use but that doesn't help


When you say "last" do you mean how to you keep them clean and feeling nice or how do you keep from breaking them?
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:47 PM   #40
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When you say "last" do you mean how to you keep them clean and feeling nice or how do you keep from breaking them?



welll mine aren't breaking, they are rusting to a point where they make a terrible sound and feel.
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