#1
I got a guitar as a gift a few years ago but didn't start learning until 2 weeks ago. My e string snapped while tunning today and I was wondering if it was because the strings were to old, they're the same ones that were on the guitar when I got it.
#2
you can pretty much change them when you feel you need to- different climates, sweat, how you play (and probably a bunch of other things) all affect how quickly strings will wear out. And some players actually prefer old strings.

But yeah if they've been on there for a few years and there's a fair chance they'd benefit from being changed, and that might be why one snapped- not necessarily though, again there's any number of reasons why they can snap, including "bad luck" unfortunately. When I got my acoustic a few years ago I snapped a string when I tried to tune it up for the first time out of the box, for example.
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#3
Depends.

Some folks change strings every week after they put 20-30 hrs on them. Some keep the same ones for a year or more. I clean them regularly and when the undersides show significant wear from the frets I change them. Approximately 40 hours of playing time or every two months.
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#4
I've heard professional players be like "Oh, my action from the strings wear out like within hours"
Most people recommend probably atleast once a year minumum...
But I had my strings on for 3 years once. When I changed them, yes, the difference in sound was so much better (it being brighter, and more audible and full of life) compared to my old ones. but preferably, i really didn't mind the old ones... they kept quiet and still did what i needed them to do..
So... whatever..
As long as you don't feel like you're about to get tetanus from doing slides... it's probably o.k
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#5
If it's an acoustic that you play casually you could probably get away with changing them every year or so.


I change strings(on my electric) anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months depending on how much I happen to be playing.

String do tend to get dull and "dead" sounding after a few months as they do accumulate sweat/dust/dirt and rust. Wash your hands before you play to increase the life of your strings.
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String do tend to get dull and "dead" sounding after a few months as they do accumulate sweat/dust/dirt and rust. Wash your hands before you play to increase the life of your strings.


It does vary, some people can wear out a set of strings after one playing session because of their sweat composition. That would suck.

I always wash my hands before playing, though. I'm guessing that doesn't hurt.
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#7
I loathe new strings, but I also can't stand when they lose their spring-y characteristic all together. I change them when it begins to take notable effort to hit full step bends at the 7th.
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It does vary, some people can wear out a set of strings after one playing session because of their sweat composition. That would suck.

I always wash my hands before playing, though. I'm guessing that doesn't hurt.


I guess I'm lucky my fingers don't sweat, I do wash my hands prior to playing and my strings seem last for ever but I rotate guitars alot so it takes some time to get many hours on any particular set. Even when I only had 3 guitars I still got a long time out of a set because of the no sweat thing I had friends tho that could literally kill a brand new set after one playing if they didn't wipe them thoroughly after playing because of the caustic sweat, I always hated letting them play my guitars
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#9
haha yeah

i'm not sure if my fingers don't sweat, but if they do it seems to be pretty benign sweat. so that's nice.
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