#1
I've had Ernie Ball 10-56 on my 7-string for almost a year now and the strings are still very playable. How is this possible?
I play the guitar regularly, but the strings just didn't die out, and also, there are no rust marks! Did I get a wrong set of strings from adamantium? I just don't understand how this is possible!
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#3
I will agree. I believe that you're probably just use to them being junky, whether they look decent or not.

Strings usually last me 2-3months a set at most, playing regularly.
#4
I'm just saying that they are in an unusually good condition. Otherwise, my strings normally die out after a few weeks.
#5
a variety of things affect the strings' life. i always facepalm when people say, "they'll definitely die within two weeks!" when they probably live in a rainforest and have corrosive acid sweat.

plus i mean changing strings more often than you need is a waste of time and money. do these people work for string manufacturers? LOL

It is strange if they normally die out on you quickly, though. different climate conditions maybe? maybe it's drier where you are than normal or something.
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#6
They die after about 100 hrs. Mine always look perfect when I change them, but there're not. The harmonics die, they get stretched too much, bumpy and dead.
#7
I've had some sets last unusually long, others which needed replacing after hardly any time at all.

I have to say though, I partly agree with flexiblemile - no matter how good this set seem to be, a new set will always be an improvement. The first couple of sessions with a new set of strings are always the best.
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Quote by Tempoe
They die after about 100 hrs. Mine always look perfect when I change them, but there're not. The harmonics die, they get stretched too much, bumpy and dead.



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#9
Now you guys have got me thinking that I'm changing my strings too often

If I put a new set of strings on, and play the guitar as I normally would, I get about 3 weeks absolute max. Usually just over two.

If I'm playing a lot, I can go through a set in just a few days ....???

For example, I put a new set on tues, spent all day wed in the studio, and I'd say I'll be lucky to get the rest of the week out of the strings...

I've tried all different brands, and I always make sure to clean my guitar after playing it, but I always end up with the same results.
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#10
I say depends what you do with them. If you're actually recording and performing, by all means change them every week.

If you're just sitting at home playing once or twice a week for your cat, let them rust. Who cares?
#11
^^ no, if that's all you get out of them, that's fair enough. maybe the climate where you are is harsh on the strings, or your sweat is acidic, etc. etc. I get six months easily out of mine. my sweat seems to be pretty benign, and the climate here is pretty consistent, too.

all i was complaining about was people who religiously change their strings like once every two weeks and act like there's something wrong with anyone who doesn't.

^ that too. That's not to say that if you only play at home that you don't deserve new strings or anything like that (I only play at home ), but if you were getting paid for playing, then changing strings would be more of a necessity (aside from anything else, older strings are more likely to break, and you ideally want to minimise your chances of a string breaking on stage).

the other thing is, constantly tweaking your guitar will massively eat into your practice time (at least, it would for me). Again, that's not to say that you should play a badly setup guitar (and again, it depends somewhat on your climate etc.), but if you're making a fetish out of it...

do the stuff if you think it needs to be done, in other words. don't do it because you think you "have to".
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#12
When I am just practicing I can keep a set of strings for a month.

When I am giging or touring, I change strings after every show. Before I did this all the time I would almost always break a string on the second night. I am pretty hard on strings especially live

I also use a pic for only one night when touring because I like to have the new feeling every night
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Quote by Robbgnarly
When I am just practicing I can keep a set of strings for a month.

When I am giging or touring, I change strings after every show. Before I did this all the time I would almost always break a string on the second night. I am pretty hard on strings especially live

I also use a pic for only one night when touring because I like to have the new feeling every night


I think you're silly - use heavier strings, they don't break so easily :P
#14
Quote by ruletheneck
I think you're silly - use heavier strings, they don't break so easily :P

I think what I do is just fine, it is a personal preference thing. Besides your not buying my strings and pic's
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#15
I gon't think you should break them so easy, maybe a gibson style hard bridge with the pointy bridge saddles?
FR never ever break them, sometimes if I pull up too hard they pop out, but a simple fix, 2 mins even live.
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Quote by Tempoe
I gon't think you should break them so easy, maybe a gibson style hard bridge with the pointy bridge saddles?
FR never ever break them, sometimes if I pull up too hard they pop out, but a simple fix, 2 mins even live.

No USA PRS trem. I sweat pretty bad and my strings get drenched.

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#17
They may feel ok - but how's the intonation?
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#18
Quote by red.guitar
Now you guys have got me thinking that I'm changing my strings too often

If I put a new set of strings on, and play the guitar as I normally would, I get about 3 weeks absolute max. Usually just over two.

If I'm playing a lot, I can go through a set in just a few days ....???

For example, I put a new set on tues, spent all day wed in the studio, and I'd say I'll be lucky to get the rest of the week out of the strings...

I've tried all different brands, and I always make sure to clean my guitar after playing it, but I always end up with the same results.

Same here. Normally I would change the strings every two weeks.
In some cases, I change them more often. I once tried a 7-38 set on a 25' scale guitar. I put them on, played a few chords, and took them off 5 minutes after. And the guitar had locking tuners, so the strings were not salvageable. Good thing they were really cheap.
#19
The strings on my slide guitar last a long time - too long. I have a set of heavier strings to try on it and I'm waiting for the old ones to die so I'm not wasting money - and the ****ing things just won't die.
Oh well, I guess that's what happens when you hardly ever touch the strings with your fingers or fret them.
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#20
Quote by Robbgnarly
it is a personal preference thing.

The correct answer to soooooo many threads.
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#21
^ +1

Quote by Robbgnarly
When I am just practicing I can keep a set of strings for a month.

When I am giging or touring, I change strings after every show. Before I did this all the time I would almost always break a string on the second night. I am pretty hard on strings especially live

I also use a pic for only one night when touring because I like to have the new feeling every night


oh yeah i mean if i gigged i'd use fresh strings for every show (or at least change them a lot more often than i do currently ).

Quote by ruletheneck
I think you're silly - use heavier strings, they don't break so easily :P


that's even stupider than the people who tell you to change your strings every two weeks or you're doing it wrong.

Use strings you're not comfortable with so they last slightly longer? Madness.

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They may feel ok - but how's the intonation?


good point.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#22
Changing strings after every show would absolutely piss me the **** off.

I don't understand why people like that clangy, metallic fresh string tone. It's awful.

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#23
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Changing strings after every show would absolutely piss me the **** off.

I don't understand why people like that clangy, metallic fresh string tone. It's awful.



I don't change my strings after every gig, probably ever 2nd or 3ed, if they are in a row.

I do personally love the feel/sound of new strings! Whats not to like? I find it much easier to play, and my guitars always seem more responsive/lively with new strings.
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