Poll: How often do you change strings?
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View poll results: How often do you change strings?
Weekly
1 3%
Every month
11 35%
Two months
3 10%
Three months
5 16%
Six months
4 13%
Not until I need a tetnus shot
1 3%
Other
6 19%
Voters: 31.
#1
I'm curious, as I don't have a set rotation, but right now 3 months seems to be average for me.
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#2
Probably about every month or so
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#4
When they break. Fuck knows how anyone can keep the same strings on there for more than a month or two.
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#5
Depends on the guitar for me. I have a few that I leave the same strings on for quite some time because I don't play them a lot. It's not that I don't restring them because the strings stay good, it's more than I rarely want to play them and if I do, I just change the strings if needed.

For the guitars I play a lot, I'd say every 3 months. I keep them clean and they're Elixirs, though, which tend to last longer than Ernie Balls for instance.
#6
I shoot for every month at the latest. Sometimes weekly if I get bored and want to try other strings.

The La Bella hrs strings on my jackson are lasting quite some time though.
#7
Depends on how often I play the guitar. If I'm just playing at home, then once every 6 months. If I'm gigging out with the guitar then after every 2 shows.
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#8
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When they break. Fuck knows how anyone can keep the same strings on there for more than a month or two.


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#9
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some of us are lazy and don't break strings
Yeah, the second part. Explain that one please
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#10
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some of us are lazy and don't break strings
I am very heavy handed and don't break strings. Even when using jazz III picks for full chord wall of sound metal.
#11
^not that easy to break strings playing metal, it's more about speed and precision rather than the dramatic bends overall. I only ever break strings playing classic rock or blues, unless it's the infamous D-string unwind grrr... Fellow metalhead here, YMMV

I change my strings once a month unless they start to feel dull. Just like tubes, it depends on how much you play - for me, that means that strings last me 50 - 60 hours worth's of play on average.
The above post is in terms of 'YMMV' and 'IMO', etc...

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#12
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^not that easy to break strings playing metal, it's more about speed and precision rather than the dramatic bends overall. I only ever break strings playing classic rock or blues, unless it's the infamous D-string unwind grrr... Fellow metalhead here, YMMV

I change my strings once a month unless they start to feel dull. Just like tubes, it depends on how much you play - for me, that means that strings last me 50 - 60 hours worth's of play on average.
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#13
Probably average 20 hours a month play and would change every 6 months, maybe longer. I clean and use fast fret religiously as well as only using coated elixir strings so seem to get decent mileage before they dull.
#14
I usually change them every month, two months max. To be honest though, even though I practice for at least an hour a day I don't really notice the strings wearing away too badly. Before I got back into guitar seriously last year my acoustic had had the same set of strings on it for over 10 years, they still sounded great. They were really grimy though.

My electrics I baby them a lot more since I play them almost exclusively and really enjoy my flying V. I actually did a thorough cleaning of my V cause it's been about 6 months and had to oil the fretboard when I tried to restring it I snapped two high E strings and had to go to guitar center to get another set. Now I have a bunch of spares I don't know what to do with.
#15
It depends but if I'm using a single guitar than generally bout 3 weeks optimally. After that they start to sound like fresh elixirs, which is passable if I'm lazy or broke but I prefer the sizzle and pop of day old EBs or D'Ds.
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#16
I have a lot of guitars I rotate through, and I don't gig, so it usually ends up being close to the six month mark when I've got enough wear on any one of them to change strings. Acoustics a bit more often, because I notice a lot more difference when those are dull. (Then there's the guitar I use for bowing, the strings are caked with rosin and I'm probably not going to change them until one breaks. I like a duller, darker sound from that one anyway.)
#17
I change the whole set when I break a string. I use Elixirs and they do dull a little over time, tonally, but they don't ever seem to get rough and corroded, or completely dead sounding, the intonation never seems to go flat, so... yeah. I change a whole set, when one breaks, simply because I don't like having inconsistent amounts of wear on my strings. (also it allows me to clean the fingerboard). I don't change my strings very often because I don't need to.
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#18
My two main guitars get new strings every two weeks. The rest get changed when I feel they need it.
#20
My main fiddle has a Floyd bridge so I don't like changing the strings if I don't have to. I also don't wear them out very fast. I haven't changed the current sets in quite a while, but I have had a busy schedule.
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#22
depends on the guitar stings. General strings last about a month. Coated stings last around 3 months. I really like D'Addario but in summer they break after 2 weeks of long hours playing. Mostly due to corrosion for my acidic hands.
#23
I'd say every month, unless we've multiple shows booked. I change before sets otherwise.
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