#1
a while back i put on a new set of d'darrio strings on one of my guitars. left it alone for a few months
i picked up this guitar again, and found that these brand new strings that i haven't even touched, are completely rusted and unplayable.
is this normal?
#3
You really didn’t pay much attention in science class, did you? Read the Wikipedia entries for rust and water vapor.
#4
yes rust happens withouth you touching them its from the air with the strings
#6
Quote by jpnyc
You really didn’t pay much attention in science class, did you? Read the Wikipedia entries for rust and water vapor.


This. Holy **** this is basic stuff.
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#7
rust aka oxidation is a naturally occuring process from oxygen coming in contact with metal.

in lay mans terms, yes. it happens. the air does it to your strings.
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#8
Quote by jpnyc
You really didn’t pay much attention in science class, did you? Read the Wikipedia entries for rust and water vapor.


if it were so common, then why arent strings rusted in the package when you buy them from the store?
#10
Quote by sethp
if it were so common, then why arent strings rusted in the package when you buy them from the store?


they are not exposed to air man...think it throuhg buddy
#11
moisture it's everywhere. except in a vacuum sealed pack of strings. that are individually wrapped in a paper bag that is coated to insure string life.

Guys will your pipes rust? even if you aren't touching them?
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#12
Quote by PUNK_327
they are not exposed to air man...think it throuhg buddy


are you serious? strings come in a freak'n paper envelope. i hardly think that a paper envelope is hermetically sealed.
#13
so a rolled up string in a sealed paper envelope that is coated on the inside and put inside a box and then wrapped with plastic is exposed to the same amount of oxidization as a string unwound and laid out across a guitar and then left in a room.

hrmmm I see what you're getting at.
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#14
Quote by sethp
are you serious? strings come in a freak'n paper envelope. i hardly think that a paper envelope is hermetically sealed.


Do you buy the same D'Addarios that I do? Because they definitely come in a sealed plastic bag. And even the ones like GHS that are in envelopes are still in a sealed plastic bag that's wrapped around the individual envelopes.
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#15
i just put a paper bag over my head and it was hard to breath. i can't figure out why.
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#16
There's a plastic bag inside that sleeve of paper...
Everyone is entitled to an opinion.

Feel free to express yours so I can make an informed judgement about how stupid you are.
#17
thread fail.
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#18
Unless you've got depleted uranium laced strings they are going to rust

I don't think you know just how often you're supposed to be replacing strings.
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#19
They're going to rust, need water and oxygen to rust. Since life exists on Earth, theres definitely oxygen, and because its never 0% humidity, there is your water. Now, i could go into the redox reaction behind it, but since you don't grasp that oxygen is present in the air, I won't.

In the bag, they will either be vacuum packed, or, like most other strings, packed in a heated environment where the humidity is close to zero. Not only that, the foil on the inside of the package acts as a sacrificial anode, and will oxidise before the strings do if water was indeed present.

Nickel wound strings won't rust if i recall because Nickel has a higher reduction potential that water, though I could be wrong with this.
#20
What a sad indictment of the education system. Steel rusts when exposed to air but not when sealed in an airtight bag? Who woulda thunk?
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