#1
I have a great acoustic...u know cool sound and everything..but this weird stuff always forms on the strings....the copper ( E,A,D.G) ones have this green stuff...like mold almost...and the bottom ones ( silver ones - B,E) have this black stuff...almost like mold also lol....when teh stuff forms , does it damagae my guitar? And is there any way to keep it from forming?
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#2
that dosent doing any thing to ur guitar. that means ur strings need to be changed. thats what happens to old strings. u could wipe ur strings down with a cloth after every time u play to keep them clean and make them last longer. or u could by coated strings they last longer. i use exlir ethier nanoweb or poly web. ethier one they take longer to deveplop the crude sometimes they dont at all.
#3
Good God there's enough horrible grammar in this thread to make an English teacher have a heart attack. As far as your strings go, it won't damage your guitar, but you shouldn't let them stay on long enough to develop "mold" or whatever it is. Some people on here will tell you to change your strings every 4-6 weeks, but to me that's expensive and excessive. I play mine until most are dead. I use Elixir Polywebs, and I almost always get 5-6 months worth of good playability, and then they're pretty much dead and I change them.
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Good God there's enough horrible grammar in this thread to make an English teacher have a heart attack. As far as your strings go, it won't damage your guitar, but you shouldn't let them stay on long enough to develop "mold" or whatever it is. Some people on here will tell you to change your strings every 4-6 weeks, but to me that's expensive and excessive. I play mine until most are dead. I use Elixir Polywebs, and I almost always get 5-6 months worth of good playability, and then they're pretty much dead and I change them.


Elixirs are great for extended play. They actually last me atleast 6 months.
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#5
Yeah coated strings are great. I have a friend whose fingers basically drip sulfur. He can buy strings and a week later they are rusted.
#7
wow theyre pretty expensive lol well i got some though thnx...and what is an elexir..or wutever
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#8
Mould? Nah, if your strings are copper then that'll be copper oxide, you never had a chemistry lesson? Old strings would react with the oxygen in the air and form an oxide which is green.
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Mould? Nah, if your strings are copper then that'll be copper oxide, you never had a chemistry lesson? Old strings would react with the oxygen in the air and form an oxide which is green.



ok..im not as old as u to learn that stuff yet lol..but all i need to know is if it could harm my strings or not..if it wont ill play 'em 'till they snap lol...i dont need to change them all the time..
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#11
....Please change them.....
It bugs me when people havent changed their strings in a year.
10 dollars should be worth your tone.
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#12
Yeah Copper Oxide= Crap sound

New Strings=Better Tone

I use any variation of the Martin SPs(SP,SP+ Extendened Life,SP Marquis[these have slik wound aroun dat the bottom], and Bluegrass SPs.). When I wipe them down good before and after I play, they last a good 3 months before they go dead on me. Most other strings crap out on me quick, because I have alot of slat and other junk in sweat what turns all metal into giant piles of rust, so I hafta use coated strings, and even those are considered lucky to make it past the 2 month mark, because I sweat alot when I play and it kills my low E string's tone.

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#13
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....Please change them.....
It bugs me when people havent changed their strings in a year.
10 dollars should be worth your tone.


thank you! i change mine every 3-4 weeks.
#15
kk i got a new pack but ill use them when all my strings break lol
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#16
I have a Taylor which came with Elixir Nanoweb lights. They last around six months so are worth the extra bread spent when buying them
#17
Also, wash your hands before you play. Be sure to dry them well and wait a min or two. Then, get a micorfiber cloth (available anywhere) and when you're done playing, lightly wipe down the strings. You will extend the life of any set of strings you put on your axe.
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kk i got a new pack but ill use them when all my strings break lol


I have never, ever broken the low E, the A, or the D string. So good luck with that logic....

Just replace them now. You don't replace them because they break, you replace them because tone of the strings has become poor.

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dear god. how do you people make your strings last that long?? do you only play for like ten minutes a week? or do you just keep playing until you have absolutely no more sound coming out of your guitar and it just becomes a percussion instrument??
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#20
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I have a great acoustic...u know cool sound and everything..but this weird stuff always forms on the strings....the copper ( E,A,D.G) ones have this green stuff...like mold almost...and the bottom ones ( silver ones - B,E) have this black stuff...almost like mold also lol....when teh stuff forms , does it damagae my guitar? And is there any way to keep it from forming?


You need to boil your strings. It takes off that stuff and makes your strings sound like new. It will give them more life too.
#21
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dear god. how do you people make your strings last that long?? do you only play for like ten minutes a week? or do you just keep playing until you have absolutely no more sound coming out of your guitar and it just becomes a percussion instrument??



i play for like 2 hours a day lol! i use fender strings..i dont know if theyre any good but they came with my acoustic when i bought them
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#22
just for the record.... most people that say they use the same set of strings for 6 months have probably only been playing guitar for 6 months and just haven't ever changed their strings because they don't know any better and/or don't know how. we've all been there.

people, change your strings.
#23
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just for the record.... most people that say they use the same set of strings for 6 months have probably only been playing guitar for 6 months and just haven't ever changed their strings because they don't know any better and/or don't know how. we've all been there.

people, change your strings.



I second that
#25
boil!?!?!?!? .....if i try this..and my strings melt lol...its your fault.....
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#26
Ok not changing your strings every month or two is like not taking a shower every day or not changing clothes. It is a maitenance that you need to do to keep your tone in order, or hygiene.
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#27
I've been playing guitar for about two months and I've changed my strings once, and I had someone instruct me on how to do it... now about a month later I'm getting the copper oxide everyone's talking about and I notice my fingers getting dirty just from playing for a good half hour.

But...

I FORGOT HOW TO CHANGE STRINGS!

I feel like an idiot. Is there some sort of online tutorial I can look at? All of my friends are gone for the summer and I don't feel like driving across town to the shop.
#29
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I have never, ever broken the low E, the A, or the D string. So good luck with that logic....

Just replace them now. You don't replace them because they break, you replace them because tone of the strings has become poor.

I have broken a D string once.....on a classical lol. I love the tone of fresh new stings, especially on an acoustic. Change your strings, before all of them break.
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I've been playing guitar for about two months and I've changed my strings once, and I had someone instruct me on how to do it... now about a month later I'm getting the copper oxide everyone's talking about and I notice my fingers getting dirty just from playing for a good half hour.

But...

I FORGOT HOW TO CHANGE STRINGS!

I feel like an idiot. Is there some sort of online tutorial I can look at? All of my friends are gone for the summer and I don't feel like driving across town to the shop.


When I first changed my string I just looked at the way the old strings were placed on the guitar and kinda figured it out myself. But you could also just google for some information on restringing guitars, there's loads.
#31
well lol...i changed my strings...but..my new 6th string broke when i was puttign them on lol..so i tied the end of the string in a knot and it still workd great lol..im tooolazy to go buy a new pack..besides im getting my electric soon...so its only temporary
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#32
I agree change your strings every 2 months or so, its a routine.
don't wait for them to break.
#33
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well lol...i changed my strings...but..my new 6th string broke when i was puttign them on lol..so i tied the end of the string in a knot and it still workd great lol..im tooolazy to go buy a new pack..besides im getting my electric soon...so its only temporary



OMFG!!!!! now that i tied the end of 6th string in a knot cuz it broke off, it makes thsi weird crackling sound everytime i play it hard or open...how do i fix it?
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