Poll: How often?
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2 weeks
6 5%
1 month
25 21%
2 months or more
60 50%
when they break
28 24%
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4FunandProphet
Not actually a prophet...
Join date: Jan 2008
10 IQ
#41
Oh, wow. Well, my only suggestion would be to clean them top and bottom with a cloth soaked in alcohol, and then finish with the normal application of string ease.
aaroncaper
Registered User
Join date: Oct 2012
32 IQ
#42
when they break usually, but i take care of them. wipe them down, run a cloth under them to get the gunk out when i'm done, wash my hands before i play and use GHS fast fret before and after playing.
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RedDog22
Registered User
Join date: Jun 2012
10 IQ
#43
I'm new but I had my stock strings changed out for elixirs and only practice many times unplugged so my strings really don't take a beating. I'm thinking of changing them out after one breaks as others have said.
Darkflame
officialBOSS pedals hater
Join date: Feb 2006
315 IQ
#44
Quote by danvwman
I have 10 guitars so I only change them,

When they break

start to feel ishy

or cant get in tune or stay in tune or just sound dead.

Sometimes thats 1 week or 2 in the sweaty summer. Sometimes its 6 months if I don't play it a whole lot.

I'm at like 13 (lost the count) and I'm doing it the same way. I buy bulk packs on juststrings.com, I get a 25-pack of D'addario standards for 70 bucks and it lasts me a year. great deal
The exception would be my SG, which is the guitar I play the most. I'm guessing I changed her strings every month or so. My Ibanez RG has had the same set of Elixirs for two years though, and they still sound like new.
Last edited by Darkflame at Feb 26, 2013,
trashedlostfdup
diet coke fiend.
Join date: Apr 2010
1,300 IQ
#45
Quote by Darkflame
I'm at like 13 (lost the count) and I'm doing it the same way. I buy bulk packs on juststrings.com, I get a 25-pack of D'addario standards for 70 bucks and it lasts me a year. great deal
The exception would be my SG, which is the guitar I play the most. I'm guessing I changed her strings every month or so. My Ibanez RG has had the same set of Elixirs for two years though, and they still sound like new.



pretty much +1. i do the same thing. i just really wish they had .12's. in bulk.
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bigfyt
guitar?
Join date: Jun 2011
80 IQ
#46
if they break. or are not good anymore

what do you people do to get them all gunky?

your environment plays a huge part in this.
my area is hardly ever humid, maybe some of you live under the sea
Darkflame
officialBOSS pedals hater
Join date: Feb 2006
315 IQ
#47
Quote by trashedlostfdup
pretty much +1. i do the same thing. i just really wish they had .12's. in bulk.

They have .11s at least...
I really strongly dislike D'addario strings though, I really only buy them because they're so cheap. I wish I could get Ernie Balls for the same price =(
Dayn
Registered User
Join date: Jun 2006
227 IQ
#48
Usually 2-3 months. Guitar strings are easy enough to change and replace. My bass, on the other hand... One string alone is $33~, so stuff that. It can wait.
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Emster 23
Registered User
Join date: Jan 2013
10 IQ
#49
When they break I just tie them back together (kidding!). I am so jealous. Nothing like a tropical beach, humidity, heat, salt to put the kabosh on strings. I am lucky if they last 3 weeks. wipe down every time with rag and alcohol. Rag looks like it has the shits afterwards. Strings will blow off in the case, played or not. I have 14 guitars, but only two strung at any given time. By comparison I leave a 60's good japanese acoustic with grovers under bed in case in Portland. When I come back once a year it is often still in tune and strings still good enough.... easy to understand why there are few native stringed instruments in SE Asia.
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