#1
So lately I have noticed that i've been changing my strings more frequently now. Since my strings were getting blacker pretty quickly, I tried switching to slinkys. They sorta lasted a bit longer, but still died out soon. (Soon=less than a month)

I play for 1-2 hours average daily. I wash my hands before I play.
Also, I really hate changing strings cause it's such and arduous process cause of my FR

What am I doing wrong? D:
#2
Nothing. Some people just have naturally oily hands, and just oxidize strings and hardware faster than others.

Try switching to coated strings.
Quote by strat0blaster
This is terrible advice. Even worse than the useless dry, sarcastic comment I made.

Quote by Cathbard
I'm too old for the Jim Morrison look now. When I was gigging I had a fine arse.
#3
Quote by dasimonster
So lately I have noticed that i've been changing my strings more frequently now. Since my strings were getting blacker pretty quickly, I tried switching to slinkys. They sorta lasted a bit longer, but still died out soon. (Soon=less than a month)

I play for 1-2 hours average daily. I wash my hands before I play.
Also, I really hate changing strings cause it's such and arduous process cause of my FR

What am I doing wrong? D:


Probably, you suffer from the same problem that affected me yeas ago. I don't know your level of experience, but when i started i would pluck the strings with more strength than necessary. After a few months of practice i started noticing a greater string "life expectancy". Hope it helped
#5
wash your hands every time you play, and sometimes during.
my hands turn into clamburglars too especially when im playing in front of people i dont know (stage nerves), so i just have to wash more often and keep them clean

i have also read but never tried taking your strings off and boiling them in water to clean them.
ive read it makes them sound almost new again, but i cant say from experience
heres a good article
http://www.professorstring.com/archives/boiling_guitar_string_soup.php
Last edited by xadioriderx at Jul 10, 2011,
#6
Wipe your strings down after you play with a cloth, and if your guitar has a hardcase, keep it in that rather than on a stand.
#7
Quote by Flying Couch
Where do you play, usually? Where do you keep your guitar when you're not playing?


on a stand. I dont have a hardshell case, but i have a pretty quality gig-bag(I don't know if that helps though)
#8
I notice that the kind of strings you get play a huge role - in my experience Ernie ball strings rust and get dirty real quick, same with cheap d addario strings. I only use GHS and Cleartones now because of the higher quality. The thing is though cleartones are pretty expensive making cheaper strings much more attractive price wise.
You like IHOP??? Socialist!!!
#9
Your diet affects your sweat too.
Quote by FEngHLyan

She will join the prom.

She insists to wear this lights.

I don't think so.

How can I persuade her?
#10
If I'm playing my SG once a week for four hours or so during rehearsals then my strings will last (wiped down) for around six weeks (although if I'm gigging that guitar in the meantime I'll change the strings). Other than that I usually pick up my Les Paul or an acoustic to practice at home.
A friend used to have to change his strings (GHS) every week as whatever was in his sweat would erode them to the point of lifelessness. He'd heard about the boiling strings and tried it, but found that the time it took and the hassle he went to didn't warrant the "saving" he made. I should contact him and find out if he still perspires acid toxic waste.
It's an opinion. It's subjective. And I'm right, anyway.