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solidrane
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#1
Simple, How often do you change strings?

I change strings every two weeks - one month

Depending on breakage or if they sound dead.

just wondering about everyone else
???
Last edited by solidrane at Feb 26, 2013,
danvwman
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#2
I have 10 guitars so I only change them,

When they break

start to feel ishy

or cant get in tune or stay in tune or just sound dead.

Sometimes thats 1 week or 2 in the sweaty summer. Sometimes its 6 months if I don't play it a whole lot.
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Last edited by danvwman at Jan 23, 2013,
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#3
the acoustic guitars my favorite which i use everyday gets changed once every cople months or so unless im doing alot of giggin or recording in which case theyll get changed everyday or so
the other acoustics get chnaged when they feel icky or break

electric guitars since im gigging once a week i change those once a month or when they break
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No one sells them in my small town so whenever I go to the city
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#5
For my two main guitars, approx every two weeks or so. For my lesser played ones, every couple months.
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#6
at minimum 6 months, i don't wipe them down at all with anything. and they still aren't 'dead' at 6 months. this is true even on guitars i play a lot and guitars that don't.

i don't like coated string's, just d'addario 11's nickle blues.

they work great for me and 10 packs are $35 tops.
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#7
depends on the brand, i pretty much use elixers only now and they last a hell of a lot longer than ernie balls. elixers can last months for me but i can go through a pack of ernie balls in a month or under.
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My electric I change less frequently. I'm using Elixirs as they last a lot longer, so every three months or so I change them

Acoustic, theoretically every month
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#10
I just change them when I feel like they need it. Not often
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#11
I play guitar every day, and so my strings get pretty gunky pretty quick, even though I wash my hands before I play most of the time. I also like smooth strings, so like once every 1-2 months.
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#12
I use elixers so pretty much when they die in my experience they are extremely tough strings.
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#14
I dunno. Mostly every month or so. Or until they feel rust and sticky.
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Never again.
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#16
I always clean my strings and spray that Fast Fret stuff on them and my hands never sweat.
I've gone almost 1 year without changing my strings.
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#17
Wipe every guitar down everyday even if I didn't lay a hand on that particular guitar. When I was still really starting, I hadn't played a guitar in a month that I restrung, and just didn't give it the attention. I opened the case around 3-4 weeks later and they were black. So I wipe everything down, which isn't a big deal it's only 4 guitars, but I'd rather do that then be surprised randomly. I do in fact change them from anywhere between 8-12 months, by wiping down these coated strings, they last a ridiculous amount of time.

I use Elixirs now on my 3 6 strings, (10-46) on the Musicman, and RGA. (10-56) on the RG927, (11-49) on the LTD, and I still have to restring my Yamaha NTX Classical with these EXP45 Coated Nylon Strings.

I love the feel of Elixirs, and I don't see how some people act like it affects their tone that much. Body woods, pickups, and the amp shape your tone more than strings would. So when I jumped from D'Addarios to Elixirs, I only see it as an amazing investment. I have to spend literally 40$ a year on strings at most. And Elixir has been amazing, they sent me 8 free packs of strings to try out on all my instruments so I don't have to buy strings for awhile now.
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Quote by danvwman
I have 10 guitars so I only change them,

When they break

start to feel ishy

or cant get in tune or stay in tune or just sound dead.

Sometimes thats 1 week or 2 in the sweaty summer. Sometimes its 6 months if I don't play it a whole lot.



same as this but I have 6 guitars
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#21
About every seven weeks on my main guitar (Fender Strat).

Much longer on my acoustic (EJ-200)
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#22
i change my strings irregularly depending on how long it takes before they start to feel rough and icky. or when they break.

sometimes they last 6 months, sometimes they last a few hours
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#23
With my guitars, I usually change them once a month or two. Once they go longer than 3 months, they begin to feel really dirty and dull sounding.
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#24
Every 3-4 weeks on my electric which is played almost everyday and played live every Sunday morning. I'll let my acoustic go 2-3 months as it doesn't get as much play time.
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#26
Whenever I have the money to buy new strings, or I feel they need a change. Whichever's more convenient.
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#27
Ideally I like to change them every 3 months, but sometimes I'll wait up to 6 months.

It's easy for me because I can't stand the tone of brand new strings. Way too bright and clangy/snappy. Awful. Generally, the further broken in they are, the better they sound to me, but then you have to balance with them sounding good and them feeling bad. But within 6 months, that's really never an issue for me. My strings don't ever rust, or even really accumulate dirt and gunk like a ton of guitars do. Not sure why not, just my genetics I guess.
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#28
I change them about every 2-4 months, kind of depending unless a string snaps during a solo or I hit the strings way too hard like an idiot.
I make sure to wash my hands before playing and that seems to help them last longer.
Though I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of how new strings sound. I have to play a couple of days before I hit that sweet spot where they've settled in I guess.

Though when I used to play in my old band, I used to have to change them once a week.
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#29
I've never had a problem, but I changed the strings on all my guitars at once the other day and now they're all slippery and when I bend I can't get under the string as well and my muting is all off.

It seems to be a bit better now and maybe it's a case of just me and new strings but it was horrible.
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#30
As soon as I notice my strings starting to feel "grabby" against my fingers, I'll change em. Or if I notice them starting to lose their brightness, less harmonics and whatnot.

It's usually around 3 or 4 months, sometimes more. It helps having more than one main guitar, takes the heat off just one set of strings
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Usually about 3-5 months, or whenever the intonation goes/ don't stay in tune.
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#33
Around 6 weeks is what I go for, with Ernie Ball skinny top/heavy bottom. That's right around where they start to sound like I'm turning to tone knob down every few days.

I just slapped some Everly B-52's on last week, they already feel better, we'll see how long they last.
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#34
Main gigging guitar (S520EX) - usually every month
7 String - Every 2-3 months
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#35
Currently owning 9 guitars, and playing all of them pretty much. I do not sweat much when I play and I don't notice strings becoming 'bad' until they have grooves from the frets. Hate the metallic sound of new strings by the way.

So... Once a year? (Meaning 9 sets of strings a year, on average.)
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#37
Once they start sounding dull, thats 1-2 months, depending on my playing. I try to keep them fresh by washing my hands before I play etc. If I've just been lazy and not changed my strings, starting to record something will motivate me to change them.

Changing the strings is fun and all, it's like giving your girlfriend a treat. It can be the biggest PITA though if a string breaks for whatever reason and you have to open another pack...
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#38
can anyone explain to me how on earth you make guitar strings last over a month?

i mean, the only set that last around a month for me are the coated elixirs...

since i don't like the way they feel i use the regular daddarios / gibsons and those wont last

more than 2 weeks.

my current set is 5 days in use and already i can tell they wont last much longer...

i do wipe them after every use but that doesn't help
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#39
Quote by VeilSide
can anyone explain to me how on earth you make guitar strings last over a month?

i mean, the only set that last around a month for me are the coated elixirs...

since i don't like the way they feel i use the regular daddarios / gibsons and those wont last

more than 2 weeks.

my current set is 5 days in use and already i can tell they wont last much longer...

i do wipe them after every use but that doesn't help


When you say "last" do you mean how to you keep them clean and feeling nice or how do you keep from breaking them?
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Quote by 4FunandProphet
When you say "last" do you mean how to you keep them clean and feeling nice or how do you keep from breaking them?



welll mine aren't breaking, they are rusting to a point where they make a terrible sound and feel.