#1
When do I know I should change my strings? I have been using the stock strings ever since I got my guitar in April. They sound fine to me, and no body has ever mentioned that they sound off or anything. I should probably change them soon, but what are some warning signs that I need to?
Also:
What would you say the best sounding ones are? I like a warm tone.
What brand lasts longest?
And what gauge should I get, if i have been using the ones that came with my Squier Strat since I bought it? I don't want to have to reset the tremolo or anything, so what gauge do you think came with this?
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#2
It will vary on many factors how long your strings will last; how much you play, the conditions you keep the guitar in, whether you have clean hands, etc. If it doesn't bother you, that's fine, personal preference is also a factor. But 6 months is a pretty damn long time to go without changing them. If you got new ones you'd probably feel the difference. If you want a warm tone you probably want to go with a heavier gauge string, 10s or 11s. As for brand, d'addarios, elixir, and ernie balls are often reccomended. The ones that came with your guitar were most probably 9s or 10s. If you take your guitar into the music shop they would most probably be able to tell you.
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#3
I try to change them every month.. a bit expensive, but a guitar sounds so much nicer with new strings on..i'd reccomend ernie balls
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When do I know I should change my strings? I have been using the stock strings ever since I got my guitar in April. They sound fine to me, and no body has ever mentioned that they sound off or anything. I should probably change them soon, but what are some warning signs that I need to?
Also:
What would you say the best sounding ones are? I like a warm tone.
What brand lasts longest?
And what gauge should I get, if i have been using the ones that came with my Squier Strat since I bought it? I don't want to have to reset the tremolo or anything, so what gauge do you think came with this?

That depends on how much you play, whether you keep them and your hands clean, and even on your style of playing. You won't notice it at first, but the strings become more flexible, dirty/rusty, lose sustain and tone, and don't feel as sleek as they did at first. Try switching them out once a month. 5 or 6 dollars isn't so much is it? Also, most guitars come with 9 or 10's. Ernie Balls tend to be the most popular strings for electric guitars, followed by D'Addario and Elixir.
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#5
I play my guitar alot actually, at least an hour a day in the week for jazz band at school, another hour or so on Thursdays at my lessons, plus on top of that at least a half hour a day of practicing and jamming. I keep my hangs clean, though every once and a while my friends come over and mess around and I do believe their hands are pretty dirty. Also, whats a good way to change them? I've seen countless methods and I wonder which one would be the best. Some say to tune up and leave it for a bit, some suggest pulling on the strings to stretch, and so on.
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#6
personally i always stretch each string and tune my guitar, and repeat until there is no pitch change when i stretch the string. This way you get to play right away and there is less risk of a string breaking right off the bat.
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#7
change your strings when they begin to lose tone or when they begin to interfere with your playing
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#8
i usually change all my strings when i break one, which nearly always happens to me sometime after about 2 months after i attempt some mega bend that i have no hope of getting to due to the corrosion on the strings.

plus i give em a good clean every now and then so that they are almost like new.
#9
I change my strings every 2-3 weeks; unless you have coated strings then that's the optimal time IMO. If it's longer than that then I'd replace them ASAP.
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