#1
Some players are really meticulous of how often they change their strings. Hobbyists will change every month or so. More serious players may change their strings on a biweekly basis. Professionals most likely change their strings before every concert.

Personally, I'll only buy strings every month or so, or whenever a string breaks. I play often, but not so often that my strings wear out too quickly. I'll change them when they start to become uncomfortable, like if they grip when I slide or lose their smooth texture.
#2
Are these actual questions or market research?

This question could (should) have gone in your other thread, strings aren't that interesting.
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#3
I have multiple guitars that I play at varying frequencies. I keep my hands very clean when I play them, and I also use Elixirs so I don't need to change very often. I have had Elixirs on three of my guitars now for about 3 months and they are all doing fine. If I was gigging it would be far more frequent though.

EDIT: Just noticed the other thread. Now I feel as though I have been tricked.
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#4
I change mine at least once a month. Sometimes every two weeks. I can always tell when they start to sound lifeless or dull.
#5
My gigging guitars are usually about a month, depending on amount of gigs and whatnot. I also use elixir as well. My other guitars go a lot longer typically.
#6
My last string was like uh.. 4 years ago.. and I am still using them on all my guitars...


The key is ...


First pass, wipe with toilet paper to clean up organic oil from hand, after playing.

Second pass, wipe with sewing machine mineral oil stained toilet paper, and grip all strings with it, to coat it with the mineral oil.


When strings do rust, use a metal polisher such as autosol or your choice of cream. Then wipe it clean and reapply sewing machine oil.

4 years plus and my strings still sound bright and retains the intonation, also staying in tune.
#7
I don't change strings until one breaks.
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#8
About every month.
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About every month.


Yep.
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#10
Depends really. If I'm using D'Addario's then every week or couple weeks, depends on how often I play those weeks. Now I usually use Ernie Ball Cobalt .10-.52 sets and those last me a month or so. I can still get a good sound out of C Standard, in fact a grittier sound when they're that old, and same with E standard at that age. I will say that the B and e strings do get worn out fairly quickly if you have had them on for awhile if you change tunings frequently.
#11
steve vai's tech changes the unwound strings every show and all of the wound strings every other show.


Just sharing because i thought it was neat.


The correct answer is as soon as they sound or feel bad, which is 2-6 weeks depending on how frequently you play.
#12
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steve vai's tech changes the unwound strings every show and all of the wound strings every other show.


Just sharing because i thought it was neat.


The correct answer is as soon as they sound or feel bad, which is 2-6 weeks depending on how frequently you play.


Post #6 disagrees.
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#14
I haven't changed my strings on my main guitar since Christmas. I don't sweat like some people do. So my strings don't feel rusty as long as I play regularly. I'm using Ernie Ball skinny top/heavy bottoms. I have Elixirs on my backup. I haven't changed strings on that in 2 years. As long as they don't break I don't really change strings. I don't gig so I'm not worried about consistent tone night to night.
#15
I've been playing for almost 30 years. I play every day for at least an hour. I have 3 guitars I play in rotation or depending on tuning.
Anyway... I change strings once every few months.
No problems.
Been doing it that way for years.
#16
I rarely buy strings since anytime I do it I get a 10pack. Usually every set lasts between 2-4 weeks depending how much I'm playing.

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#17
I have ~24 electric guitars, use probably seven regularly, i think that i string two or three every two months, kind of like a rotation. My fingers don't sweat at all so strings last forever.
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#18
I was under the impression that guitars were worth more if all original, so, all of my guitars still have their original strings! I recently sold a 9 year old Tele copy and, oh the delight in the buyer's face! He told me, "Its hard to find decent guitars that still have the original strings, especially at 9 years, usually some jackass comes along and decides he needs more gain and modifies the strings", but, luckily, I'm not that stupid!


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#19
Whenever I run out of them. Sometimes I will buy more than 1 set at once!
#20
I don't bother anymore.
Although I might do soon before a recording session just to shut the engineer up.
I don't think a string's age affects it's amplified tone.
Just like a guitar's wood doesn't affect tone at all
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#21
when I feel I need to

I haven't bought strings in almost a year, but I typically buy a few cases 1-2 times a year. I do the same with pics, I buy a lot of 72 and I'm good for a while (I haven't bought pic's in almost 1.5yrs)
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#23
Usually around once every two months, there's a pretty significant difference in tone and feel imo, and I really like a bright, snappy pick attack. (Also why I prefer fairly light strings.)

They never really rust for me (I sweat little), and I actually sort of broke only one string while playing, it's just that they really start sounding dull after this time, and the difference in sound is really audible with new ones.
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#25
Back when I played electrics it was once every few months. Now that I mainly play acoustic it's much more often, maybe once every couple weeks. I have really acidic hands, so I start seeing corrosion after a couple days use, even after wiping them down after every time I play.

Using coated strings + cleaning after playing can really extend the longevity, but you probably already knew that
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Back when I played electrics it was once every few months. Now that I mainly play acoustic it's much more often, maybe once every couple weeks. I have really acidic hands, so I start seeing corrosion after a couple days use, even after wiping them down after every time I play.

Using coated strings + cleaning after playing can really extend the longevity, but you probably already knew that

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#27
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On the bright side, it's nice going to buy strings and not walking out with 2 pedals, patch cables, and GAS for a new amp.


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#28
I play both, and after my recent amp drama, I really started to appreciate the "just pick up the guitar, tune and start playing" simplicity of acoustic again.

Although yeah, that's another thing: strings have a far more dramatic impact on tone in case of acoustics, just like picks. I find it funny how you can make an acoustic sound almost completely different just by changing these two things.
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#29
When I was playing normal guitar, about once per month. Now that I'm playing slide, they seem to last forever.
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#30
On my 6-strings, I'm using cobalt strings. I clean them each evening with a cloth and change them every 2-3 months.

On my 7-strings, I couldn't find cobalt sets with the gauge I like, so I'm using ordinary steel/nickel strings and keep them roughly a month, a month and a half, before they go dull.
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#31
When I feel like it. My sweat is not acidic so no rust so far even on year old strings (and cleaned up only when they feel grimy) plus I dont gig so I do not have stress about them breaking in middle of a sung nor do I stress out about if they do not sound as bright as brand new ones. Old ones, as long as they stay in tune, serve just as well for mere practicing as new ones do.

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#32
About once a month for me.
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