#1
My strings keep rustings every month and I have to spend £10 replaceings them a month!

How do I help stop them rusting or corroding (or whatever they do?!)

Things I might be doing wrong:
1. Keep my guitar in a bag 24/7 whenever Im not playing it
2. Always keep the window open


I need some pointers on how to look after my strings!

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Last edited by SonOfOsiris at Aug 11, 2006,
#2
Here is something you may be doing wrong....worring about it.
Strings rust and when the do you replace them simple as that.
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Here is something you may be doing wrong....worring about it.
Strings rust and when the do you replace them simple as that.


Yeah but Im sure that everyones strings dont rust during a month, like mine

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#5
1 month is a ****ing long time. so stop being a little bitch about it. i go to a little ****ty shop that rips people off and i get 2 packs for 11 $. maybe buy a pack of 10 for 30$ on musiciansfriend. so yeah. and avenged sevenfold sucks and synster gates is a retarted name.
#6
Sheesh, some of these idiotic replys.

To make your strings last longer:

- wipe them down with a cloth after you're done playing. (you can also buy a string cleaning solution which will make them last even longer)

- if you have sweaty hands, take a moment and just wipe em off abit before or while you play

those are the 2 main things you can do i guess. strings will last way longer than a month and it'l usually be single strings that break (due to wear and tear, not rust) so you can just replace the strings that break.
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1 month is a ****ing long time. so stop being a little bitch about it. i go to a little ****ty shop that rips people off and i get 2 packs for 11 $. maybe buy a pack of 10 for 30$ on musiciansfriend. so yeah. and avenged sevenfold sucks and synster gates is a retarted name.


What the ****, calm down! What did I do to you?

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#8
Wipe your strings thoroughly until they are dry after each session.
Polish them?
Get Elixir Strings.
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#9
Ignore everyone else, you have acidic sweat, this mostly affects brands like Ernie Ball, Gibson, Fender and sometimes GHS.

The solution to this is to buy DEAN MARKLEYS, they are made of a different composite.
#10
i'm the opposite. my sweat tears thru markelys ands d darrios but barely rust ernies...DAMN RED HAIR!!!
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#11
i'd say buy better strings. DR's and Elixirs have 3 month ratings on the, but i usually change them once every couple of months, or less if i can afford to. nothing like the feeling of new strings a couple hours after they've been broken in.
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#12
Ya i change mine about every two weeks i wipe them down and everything its just a natural thing that strings rust up
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Quote by SonOfOsiris
My strings keep rustings every month and I have to spend £10 replaceings them a month!

How do I help stop them rusting or corroding (or whatever they do?!)

Things I might be doing wrong:
1. Keep my guitar in a bag 24/7 whenever Im not playing it
2. Always keep the window open


I need some pointers on how to look after my strings!

What strings are you buying for £10 a month? You can get most cheapy brands for £3 mail order (EBs, Dads etc.)If your sweat is really bad just use those type strings because it'll end up costing you less.

Bar doing the normal wiping down and stuff there isn't a lot more you can do. I've heard (don't know if it's true though) that if you drink loads of fizzy drinks and drinks high in sugar it'll cause your sweat to be more acidic, so if it's that much of a problem you could start drinking nothing but water (if you don't already.)

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#14
^ i don't think I ever wiped my guitar strings down after playing, and my strings rarely ever rust (unless I left them on for like a year), and up till recently I used ernie balls which everyone else complains about rusting. I prettymuch never drink carbonated drinks like coke though, so maybe lewis's pseudo-science may have a little merit.

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#15
aside from just wiping them down with a cloth, i have another great way to clean strings. i take a piece of paper around 1" wide and fold it. then place the string in the fold, so the crease is below the string and the edges are pointing up. run the paper up and down the length of the string while pinching it. this gets a lot of the grime off, especially on the underside of the string where its hard to get a cloth.
#16
I Do that with a cloth Jof and it gets the job done
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#17
^ i use a cloth at times too, but i find a nice piece of paper, think thick like index cards, gets a bit more off cause its thicker. the edge of the paper can really cut under the stuff to get it off. but hey, i figure as long as you do something to take care of strings, its a good use of time.
#18
ive never had strings rust

if you play your guitar enough they break before they rust
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^ i use a cloth at times too, but i find a nice piece of paper, think thick like index cards, gets a bit more off cause its thicker. the edge of the paper can really cut under the stuff to get it off. but hey, i figure as long as you do something to take care of strings, its a good use of time.


im gonna try your index card idea then the cloth thing
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#21
That rust thing is pretty bizarre though. i'm not exaggerating or tryign to pump up my self esteem by saying i practice 2 hours a day - i do, and ive never had strings even close to rusting. i have coated strings and ernie balls. Perhaps high humidity? where abouts are the strinsg rusting? aruodn the picking area or the fretting area?
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That rust thing is pretty bizarre though. i'm not exaggerating or tryign to pump up my self esteem by saying i practice 2 hours a day - i do, and ive never had strings even close to rusting. i have coated strings and ernie balls. Perhaps high humidity? where abouts are the strinsg rusting? aruodn the picking area or the fretting area?


fretboard area

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#24
i heard wd-40 helps but you could get cancer if you dont wash your hands. im not sure if thats a load of bull and i couldnt be arsed to try it myself
#25
I just switched to the coated DR strings and they've been on my guitar for nearly 2 months at this point without any problems, other than the color coat flaking off where I pick and where the string comes in contact with the fret. Even then, no tarnish or rust. I've also used nothing but elixers on my acoustics for years now and they break before they rust. I change sets on my acoustics maybe twice a year and that's on guitars that get several hours of play every day.

As far as treating strings, you can try to wipe them down with Sweet almond oil. Any machine oil should be good enough to coat the strings with. My rhythm guitarist a few years ago used to use some kind of gun oil with teflon to wipe his strings down with, and he'd keep sets on his guitars for 4-6 months.
#26
do you live in a humid climate?

i live in a relatively dry area, and my bass strings wont rust at all. (i change them about every 6 to 10 months)

maybe its the climate. also, you are buying expensive strings.
my d'addarios are like 6 times less than what you are paying for. and ive had great luck with them.
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#27
Basically we can call strings have two states: brand new and rusted. The first one lasts for a short time, like 2 hours of playing tops? If you have sweaty hands like me, it can be even a hour or 40 mins before they are all rusty. After that, there's no going back. But there's upside to it. If you'll remember to wipe them off (both under and over the string) to reduce the amount of rust then you are fine. Best example might be my last strings, I have had them on my guitar for past 1.5 year and I only changed them because I got bored with their gauge. They sounded the same throughout this time.

tl;dr wipe your strings both sides and don't worry about changing them till they are damaged or you are bored.
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#29
you could buy a grinder or wire wheel. When they get rusty just give em a good ol cleaning with the grinder. no need to take the stings off the guitar either, a little wood loss won't hurt anything!

Just kidding. i change my strings at least once a month.
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