#1
Firstly, I apologise if this is in the wrong section, it's about my guitar and the strings and I'm new to the forum.

Okay so ever since I got my Yamaha APX500III I've been really happy with the sound, but I noticed on the first set of strings that they were started to go a weird colour and I didn't know why? So I just left it and changed the strings around Christmas, it's been a few weeks now and the strings are doing the same thing, they are turning black and getting weird marks on them. I'm not sure why this is happening and I clean my strings after overtime I use it. I use a kyser capo and I know that it puts a lot of pressure on the strings, but is this enough to make the strings lose their colour, protection and make them go dull? Should I be buying something to protect the strings or switch capo? It would be fine I guess if this guitar was just for home but I do perform etc. and it's just annoying having slightly duller and less bright strings as well as them turning black.

Here are some pics:



Thanks.
#2
This is most likely the natural body oil and acids from your hands.
Really do wash your hands before playing as this can help slow down the process, but as long as the strings sound good to you, I wouldn't worry about the color of the strings.
#4
it does sound like you may have acidic skin. some people wipe down their strings after they play. you might also consider colored strings

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#5
Quote by brayden_wyeth

Okay so ever since I got my Yamaha APX500III I've been really happy with the sound, but I noticed on the first set of strings that they were started to go a weird colour and I didn't know why? So I just left it and changed the strings around Christmas, it's been a few weeks now and the strings are doing the same thing, they are turning black and getting weird marks on them. I'm not sure why this is happening and I clean my strings after overtime I use it. I use a kyser capo and I know that it puts a lot of pressure on the strings, but is this enough to make the strings lose their colour, protection and make them go dull? Should I be buying something to protect the strings or switch capo? It would be fine I guess if this guitar was just for home but I do perform etc. and it's just annoying having slightly duller and less bright strings as well as them turning black.

They clam girls sweat is alkaline and a man's is acid. At least that's what I got out of a "Secret" commercial. (I think is was Secret).

In any case the copper in string windings, (copper is the highest percentage of the alloys of acoustic string windings), is highly reactive. String corrosion runs a sort of gamut between black, bluish, and green.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, (not really), but you have to wipe your strings down thoroughly, as soon as is practical, after you're done playing.

I use white fleece rags, and wipe until the cloth is clear of colored stripes from the strings.

Nothing is going to stop the corrosion altogether, but that will at least put it off for awhile.

"Elixir" strings are coated after wrapping, and the would help quite a bit. A couple of problems with them though: they're quite expensive, and some don't like the sound and/or feel of them. Still, it wouldn't hurt to try a set.

In any case, get over your laziness and put some elbow grease into it. Playing the acoustic has a certain element of drudgery to it, and cleaning up after you're done, is a big part of it... C'est le Guerre
#6
Quote by brayden_wyeth
Firstly, I apologise if this is in the wrong section, it's about my guitar and the strings and I'm new to the forum.

Okay so ever since I got my Yamaha APX500III I've been really happy with the sound, but I noticed on the first set of strings that they were started to go a weird colour and I didn't know why? So I just left it and changed the strings around Christmas, it's been a few weeks now and the strings are doing the same thing, they are turning black and getting weird marks on them. I'm not sure why this is happening and I clean my strings after overtime I use it. I use a kyser capo and I know that it puts a lot of pressure on the strings, but is this enough to make the strings lose their colour, protection and make them go dull? Should I be buying something to protect the strings or switch capo? It would be fine I guess if this guitar was just for home but I do perform etc. and it's just annoying having slightly duller and less bright strings as well as them turning black.

Here are some pics:



Thanks.


That's perfectly normal and has nothing to do with your guitar. Regular strings will do that after a lot of playing. The Capo isn't at issue, it's just the sweat from your hands, which is normal. Different people have different levels of this. I change my strings weekly. Professional musicians will change them after every show or two. If you want the strings to last longer you can buy the coated strings ( Elixirs etc,.), but I find them to have a weaker tone than a regular strings.

Be sure to wipe your strings after every use. That really helps. It also helps to keep the fretboard clean as well.
#7
I have this stuff called XLR8 made by d'addario to clean your strings after every use. I only use it occasionally though as I don't have any issues with corroded strings.

I'd hate to change my strings every week or every few days. It usually takes a few weeks of playing and retuning to get them where they sound best and don't buzz anymore and I do stretch them when re-stringing. I prefer the smoother feel and longevity of coated strings myself.
Last edited by rohash at Jan 15, 2015,
#8
Don from D'Addario here - you can check out our coated strings. They're called EXP and we've just updated them with our NY Steel wire, which is the same wire we use on our Electric NYXL strings. Also be aware of counterfeit strings. We have a website to help you identify REAL D'Addario strings. You use the code from the inner baggie to verify this process - www.daddario.com/PLAYREAL
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