#1
Hey all. I saw somewhere that if you take your strings and boil them in water, and then let them dry in the oven you get "that bright, almost new sound". I've got a gig coming up and was wondering if anyone had tried this, and if it works. (I have no cash to buy new strings with...)
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None of your band mates are willing to lend you a few dollars for new strings?
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You need some new, less cheap friends. I've never tried it, but it sounds like it could phail miserably. If I were you, I'd make sure I had a good set of strings, then try it and tell us about it.
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#5
it just stretches them out so they dont stretch out after you put them on your guitar.. like when you try to tune them, or if you are bending your strings alot.. its a good idea though, i boil my strings and the strings never fall out of tune. and the tone of the string lasts longer too.

about 10-15 minutes in boiling water, will do the trick.. just dont forget to dry them off
and dont leave them sitting in the pot of water after your done boiling them.. cause theyll rust and break

(new strings.. not old strings)
Last edited by pepsi1187 at Dec 22, 2008,
#6
I know it will take the dirt and oil and whatnot off the strings, but I don't really think they'll sound new.

Strings are five bucks man, go get some
#7
Its meant to be done with new strings, to bypass the whole stretch out fase of new strings that we all hate.
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#8
i tried that trick not too long ago. it sortof restors new sound, but the new sound doesn't sound as good or last as long. i would either deal with old ones, or get new ones. its really not worth the hassle. it's mainly just to stretch new strings.
#9
bass players do that alot cause there strings cost more money but iv also read that sopposedly eddie van halen does it but i dont kno how true it is but try it and let us know if it works i might try it if you dont find out next time i see the tech at guitar center ill ask him
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#12
are you really that cheap?
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#13
Good chance you take the used strings off to boil em and 1 will break tuning back up or break during the gig. And dont tell me you plan to go to a gig with a single guitar with old strings and no backup guitar or spare strings.
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#14
all I got to say if you cant' afford 5-6 dollars, you ought to sell your guitar
#15
to all the people who say im too cheap: im a college student. an extra 5-6 bucks is like pulling teeth... im gonna try it, and if it doesnt work, oh well.
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Good chance you take the used strings off to boil em and 1 will break tuning back up or break during the gig. And dont tell me you plan to go to a gig with a single guitar with old strings and no backup guitar or spare strings.



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#17
that works for new strings, and for old strings it will clean off the dirt a little. how old are your strings? i doubt it would be worth it to take them off and put them back on if there not too bad.
#18
I'm in college too and 5-6 dollars isn't THAT bad. If you can't even afford strings then you probably shouldn't be in a band.
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bass players do that alot cause there strings cost more money but iv also read that sopposedly eddie van halen does it but i dont kno how true it is but try it and let us know if it works i might try it if you dont find out next time i see the tech at guitar center ill ask him

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Even when I read the string boiling thing in an EVH interview in like 1980, I thought the whole thing was a crock of sh!t that Eddie made up to see if anyone would be stupid enough to do it. Evidently, this has come to pass. God help the future of our world.
Pre-stretch your new strings an extra 1/2 turn or so, & then back it down & tune to pitch. It should be fine. Boiling strings.....sheeeeesh.
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to all the people who say im too cheap: im a college student. an extra 5-6 bucks is like pulling teeth... im gonna try it, and if it doesnt work, oh well.

good luck buddy, the boiling will probably make your strings break easier....van halen did them to new strings and he said it rusted them but he only used them for a night anyways...next you should never gig without at least fairly new strings on, or really for that matter without another guitar...I mean you cant just play a set with a broken string, and you dont get 10 minute breaks when you please to put on a new string

please ask a friend for 5 bucks and go get another set, or get two really cheap sets at target or something better than wut ur planning
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