#1
hi guys, i would like to know how often do you guys change your acoustic guitar string?

and i would also like to know what are the consequences of not changing string for a long time if you often play them because i am one of those people who seldom change acoustic string but play them often(i have been using my old string for like 3 months already haha.. )

thanks
#2
well, ive owned my acustic for over a year now and only changed the strings once, but i dont play it that often, so i dont know how they would hold up if you played like shows ever weeked or something...
#3
I change mine like every four months (mainly because I hardly play my acoustic).

I think the only downside is more dirt on the fretboard and you loose that new string tone. I may be wrong though.
#5
I play allot of acoustic and i change mine when they start to feel grimey. but that usally takes 4-6 months :S so, i only really change if i snap one.
#6
Well, my acoustic had the same strings from '82 till maybe just half a year ago, but that included maybe only a year of playing.
#7
i havent changed my accoustic nylon strings for 4 years since ive been rarely using it. die string are starting to unwind so im gonna change strings asap.
#8
If you play a lot every day I was told that you should change them once a month but I've also heard only every three months. I wouldn't go more than three months without changing them unless you hardly every play your acoustic.
#9
i change mine once every 3-5 weeks just depending on how long they hold their tone but i play my acoustic guitars ALOT

not changing your strings won't really hurt anything... they just won't sound as clear.... they'll start to sound sorta muddy when they lose tone
#10
Damn...I play my acoustic every other day for about 3 hrs and I haven't changed it for at least half a year. Is that bad?
#11
Pff. I play all the time and don't change my strings 'til they break/are about to break. The tone might not be great but what the hell, I'm poor.
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#12
I find that about after a month my guitar strings start to lose tone, and become very muddy...almost sound out of tune. So I change them.

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#14
ha wow. changing strings once a year? just.. wow.

I change mine every two weeks if I have the chance... but I usually get lazy and put it off till later, but 4 to 5 weeks is the absolute maximum amount of time I can go before I feel like my strings are completely dead. And I have to use coated strings. I tried using non-coated ones once and they lasted for like 3 days. I even wash my hands before I play and I wipe the strings down afterwards...

But I'm always playing it (like, seriously... 80% of my time not spent at work is spent playing my guitar), so... that might explain the constant need for string changing.

Either that or my fingers sweat pure acid.
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#15
Mine are only changed when they absolutely need it. I play mine until most of the strings are dead. I love the new string sound from a set of Elixir Polywebs, but not enough to shell out 13 bucks for them every 4-6 weeks, and especially when they still play decently and I enjoy playing them. The 4-6 week changes really don't make sense to me, but other than changing for the tone, really its just a matter of preference I think. I prefer to play them until they die; you'll get the best value out of them that way.
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#16
whenever i get new strings, the strings make my guitar sound really..... "Metalic".... it dosn't sound that smooth or soothing like acoustic guitars are suppose to. and it usually takes around a week and 1/2 to 2 weeks to get it to sound a little better once they start breaking in.

And i play my guitar profusly... you can't tear it away from me. i play Acoustic almost 3X more then my electric (maybe because that one is only $150 and my acoustic is $400... lol) but my acoustic sounds alot better. so the only time i change my strings is if the sound REALLY gets crappy or if a string snaps. Even if the string starts to get slightly discolored in some areas... as long as it sounds great, theres no need to change them.
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#17
i chagne mine ablout ever 8 weeks, and i play 3-4 hours a day...... but i am starting to change them about every 4-6 weeks... when the tone goes, so do teh strings
#18
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why the **** do u guys hardly play your acoustics.

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^You took the words right out of my mouth

anywho i change my every month to 2 months but i play all the time so...yea...theres my imput
#20
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whenever i get new strings, the strings make my guitar sound really..... "Metalic".... it dosn't sound that smooth or soothing like acoustic guitars are suppose to. and it usually takes around a week and 1/2 to 2 weeks to get it to sound a little better once they start breaking in.


agreed... but it only takes about a day or two before mine start sounding good again. what kind of strings do you use? your description is the reason i am not a big fan of elixir strings. they maintain that metalic and tinny sound for weeks!!!
#21
i usually wait 6-8 weeks to change, or when i have a couple weeks before my next show, just so i can work out the tinny sound. it also depends when i have money and a ride to the shoppe to get the new strings.
#22
I play mine every day for an hour or so. It still has the priginal strings on it from april last year. If they still sound good, stay in tune well and don't leave rust marks on your fingers. Why waste your cash?
#24
Once a month, like clockwork. Same for all my guitars. I do that and a quick fretboard cleaning.
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#25
i am not a big fan of elixir strings. they maintain that metalic and tinny sound for weeks!!!


Ive found this to be the case with the nanowebs but not necessarily the polywebs.

Anyways, i have 6 acoustics and i play some alot more than others. The ones i most frequently play get a string change at least every 6 weeks. Others may go twice as long as that.
#26
i change my strings about every month because i play a lot. at least 4-6 hours a week. I' currently using Martin SP Phosphor Bronze and i can say that im more happy with these than elixirs so far. Elixirs are ridiculously expensive.

also, i use my guitar live quite often, so i need to keep my strings in good condition. if i didnt use it live, i'd probably keep my strings on longer.
#27
I almost never change them because I can't afford new strings
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#28
I just changed them and they sound brilliant. I just bought this guitar so i had the same strings on as the ones in the shop, and then i played it for about a month. A trick my dad told me about is when they are beginning to become old you stick them in a boiling pot of water for about 2 minutes, after that it gives it half it's life back. Haven't tried it myself yet but i'll let you know
#29
My daddario exp strings get changed every 60 days or so and i play at least an hour a day and i have greasy sweaty hands. Your hands sweat/ph has alot to do with life of strings also wiping down your strings bfore and after playing will increase the life of your strings.