#1
A fresh pack of strings only lasts about 3 days for me. I've tried wiping them down with Fast Fret, but that didnt really remove any grime; just made them really slick. How do you guys keep them clean?
#2
3 DAYS?? What are you doing to those things? Mine last for months, I'm a poor kid, so I make my strings last forever (killer on my tone, but it's all home practice, so it's unimportant to me at this time). Matter of fact, I just broke a string on my Ibanez, when I get home in a few days I'll replace it, but I noticed it's rusted almost halfway down the string. My B.C. Rich isn't nearly that bad and those strings are nearly 2 months old. I don't clean them or anything, you're just doing something wrong.
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#3
^I'm not breaking them in 3 days. They just get super dirty, and first 3 strings literally turn black from all my finger sweat.
#4
Depends how sweaty your hands are I guess. I can keep mine for a month, maybe even longer depending on how much I play...
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#5
i just wipe them down after every session i use them. seems to last me longer
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#6
I change my strings once every 2-4 months.
Theres no way in hell your strings are bad after 3 days unless you have the oiliest hands or a huge lack of hygene or keep your guitar stored in the bathroom or in very high humidity.

Anyways all I do is I wash my hands before playing, and after Im done I wipe the strings and neck down with a dry washcloth.
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#7
Ive been through almost every brand and i get a week from mine at best. Keep your guitar in a case with some silica gel packs, clean the strings after each session. If you have acid sweat like me, you just gotta live with it = )
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I change my strings once every 2-4 months.
Theres no way in hell your strings are bad after 3 days unless you have the oiliest hands or a huge lack of hygene or keep your guitar stored in the bathroom or in very high humidity.

Anyways all I do is I wash my hands before playing, and after Im done I wipe the strings and neck down with a dry washcloth.


Easy, smartass ..

I guess i'll try washing my hands before i play.
It sounds crazy, but when you play 5+ hours a day, it doesnt take long before your strings begin to get dirty.
#10
Strings are supposed to turn black. That’s the steel oxidizing from contact with chemicals in the air. Depending on where you live and which strings you use this can take six hours or six weeks. There is nothing you can do about it, but as long as the strings play fine you don’t have to worry.
#11
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Easy, smartass ..

I guess i'll try washing my hands before i play.
It sounds crazy, but when you play 5+ hours a day, it doesnt take long before your strings begin to get dirty.

I used to play up to 8 hours a day when I got clean(off drugs) thats all I did.
Now I play about 2 hours a day and still only change my strings every 2-4 months.
And I wasnt being a smartass I stated possible reasons for the cause of your problem

EDIT- You should awlays wash your hands before playing and wipe the strings and neck down after use even in between use with a dry cloth or rag no paper towels itll scratch the finish.
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I used to play up to 8 hours a day when I got clean(off drugs) thats all I did.
Now I play about 2 hours a day and still only change my strings every 2-4 months.
And I wasnt being a smartass I stated possible reasons for the cause of your problem


Well surely you didnt think someone would store a guitar in their bathroom?
#13
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Strings are supposed to turn black. That’s the steel oxidizing from contact with chemicals in the air. Depending on where you live and which strings you use this can take six hours or six weeks. There is nothing you can do about it, but as long as the strings play fine you don’t have to worry.


Which brand do you use that lasts six weeks without oxidizing?
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#15
I don't clean mine at all and i've had em on for about a year now. They are as slick as they were on day one. I use Elixirs with a webbing and they never get dirty or grime up. They cost about $15, but its better than paying $7 for strings every 3 or 4 months.
#16
I wash my hands before I play. and i Change my strings every other month or so no matter what.
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#17
Keep your dirty strings. Who gives a **** bwo. I play bass and I havent changed my strings in about two years. Idgaf. I'm just that cool bwo. Come at me bwo come at me
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#18
When touring, I change them about once a day. When not, I just let them get dirty.
#19
I don't wipe mine down at all, and they last months easily.
Sounds like you've got some crazy acidity in your fingers, my friends the same way. He can't use anything but Elixirs because they just rust so quick.
#20
I change them.
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#21
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I don't clean mine at all and i've had em on for about a year now. They are as slick as they were on day one. I use Elixirs with a webbing and they never get dirty or grime up. They cost about $15, but its better than paying $7 for strings every 3 or 4 months.


I personally hate the feel of elixirs.
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#22
Just because they turn gray or dark doesn't necessarily mean they've lost all their tone. Maybe a bit, but that's to be expected. Color of the strings is not necessarily an indicator of the tone

Wash your hands well and wipe down with a clean microfiber cloth afterwards.

I live in a tropical environment with almost +90% humidity, so things corrode fast here. I can literally change a set of strings and have one of the plain strings go orange after a few hours of band practice, but they still sound good.

Maybe try some DR coated strings, like silver in color or something
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#23
I don't do anything either. No matter how much or how little I play, general lifespan of strings is about a month for me.

Although I do wash my hands before I play. Tends to keep things better for longer.
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#24
Just keep a rag handy and periodically wipe your hands on it to keep the sweat down. When you are finished playing just wipe the strings down with a rag. And wash your godamn hands occasionally. Soap isn't poisonous.
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#26
i just smother them in GHS fast fret and wipe them down top and bottom with a dry cloth... but not the ones provided with GHS fast-fret because those leave fluff all over the strings.
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#27
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#28
Play with clean hands and wipe down your strings after playing. There's no way your strings should go only 3 days without becoming rusty or grimy.
#29
Like already said by others above. Its all about cleanliness.

I wash my hands properly everytime before I practice / play.
I keep a cloth towel and thoroughly wipe down the strings after I'm done.
If its warm / humid I also wipe my hands with a different cloth periodically while playing.

My strings don't begin to really darken for about 2 - 3 weeks after new. The strings themselves last about 6 - 8 weeks and I practice most evenings.
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#31
I used Chrome Frets... you would not believe the gunk that comes off... and they sound like new and feel slick. They keep their crispness longer with this product.
#32
I have no idea if people have said this or not, but wash your hands or use hand sanitizer or something before you play to get off the grime. You can also get elixir strings. They have a special coating on them and last 3.5X longer. I use them on all my guitars and love 'em to death!
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#33
Gonna disagree with all the 'wash your hands and your strings won't rust' replies here, I wash my hands so often some would say it's OCD, and a pack of strings will only last me a week tops before they start going cruddy, and yes I do wipe down my guitar every time I play it. Some people have naturally corrosive sweat. If I'm playing a gig, I'll put a new set on beforehand and bin em afterwards cus the heat of the stagelights makes me sweat so much it wrecks the strings in one night. I don't buy guitars with gold-plated hardware for the same reason, the last one I had lost it's plating VERY quickly lol.
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