#2
Personal preference, some people do it once a year, others once a week. If you have to ask I'd say about every 3-6 months, or when they start feeling, well not good anymore...
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#4
well I know it is all personal preference, I was just wondering if there was like a time frame for best performance and tone
#5
I do it when the strings start to sound dull, the intonation has dropped out of whack or I can feel pitting on the strings. I used to be a lot harder on strings and would replace the strings before every gig - even if the last gig was only a week ago. I hate dull strings and hate bad intonation even more. So how often you change them depends on how you play and how fussy you are about your tone. Go by the state of the strings, not a time period.

PS: I use 9-42 as well.
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#6
Odds are, the strings will let you know lol.

If you've got the money, change em every day, but generally it's most cost effective to change them when one breaks if you're not like in the studio recording or something.

Unless they just don't break and get grimy. You might wanna just replace them after about 3/4 months if they haven't broken on ya.
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#7
9/42s....





pfft.


rubberbands have moar toan.




TS, when they feel and/or sound dull/dead as said.
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#8
I replace mine every month. I play a couple hours almost every day. I play hard though. But you'll feel when it's time.
If you have to ask, it's time to change them.
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9/42s....





pfft.


rubberbands have moar toan.



Some of us are carrying motorbike injuries and have to compromise. Even 9-46 will make my entire forearm swell up, with 9-42's I can get through a gig just as long as I follow it by submersing my arm in ice.
And anyway, Billy Gibbons uses 8's so

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#11
I bet you play a half step down too right?





Yea I got some battle injuries too. Rt thumb almost came off once, waterskiing dealeo. Ooops. Never try that one again.
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#12
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I bet you play a half step down too right?





Yea I got some battle injuries too. Rt thumb almost came off once, waterskiing dealeo. Ooops. Never try that one again.

Actually, no I don't tune down. I play keyboards as well so having to transpose all my keyboards to suit is just too much of a pita, especially on the DX7s. I have started playing a lot more slide lately though which gives my wrist a break. Playing keyboards is good for a break too. Piano is much, much kinder on the hands.
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#13
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this. its only about 120-130 bucks a month. no big deal


btw, 9-46 hybrid slinky's the way to go
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#14
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Actually, no I don't tune down. I play keyboards as well so having to transpose all my keyboards to suit is just too much of a pita, especially on the DX7s. I have started playing a lot more slide lately though which gives my wrist a break. Playing keyboards is good for a break too. Piano is much, much kinder on the hands.

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#16
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this. its only about 120-130 bucks a month. no big deal

$6 a pack is about $180 a month. Per guitar. Me having 3 guitars would be about $540 per month. A little more since 7 string packs cost more. So let's say about $600 a month.
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#18
I change string once a month but when gigging I change string a least a hour a head
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#19
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I bet you play a half step down too right?



who would tune half step down with 9-42 strings? even on standard tuning the strings feel quite loose
#20
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who would tune half step down with 9-42 strings? even on standard tuning the strings feel quite loose


Yngwie Malmsteen, for one.

Actually he does that with gauge 8...
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#21
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who would tune half step down with 9-42 strings? even on standard tuning the strings feel quite loose

I was trolling cath. Katsup.
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#22
i tried 8's on my mim strat tuned to Eb...
No tone, all flub and it was easy to play but it felt bad. Put on 11's in standard, now it hurts to fingerpick and to play more than 20 mins.

8's on my friends SG feel the same as the strat, its ridiculous. Only recommended for FR guitars. because it's quite tighter on fr's than on other bridge types. 9's are my preference now.