#2
I heard EVH does this with his strings but he says that they are only good for about one night of playing then they go rusty very quickly.
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I never boil my string and I've never heard of anyone that does, why do you wanna boil em? O.o



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What happens if you boil them?
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only bass strings should be boil since they cost a LOT more than guitar strings.

If you boil them all the grease will go away but I don't know how much worse/better they get
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#8
Thye losen (sp?) up very quickly, or so EVH says, ive never tried it myself and nor do i plan to
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#9
They get their brightness back for a short time. I usually do it if I can't get a new set right away. It'll get me through like 2 practices or 1 show. It just cleans off your oil and dead skin and gives them some tone back.
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How does 'loosening' of strings improve playing?
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"Van Halen is well known for boiling new string sets before installation. This contributes to both the playability and tone of the strings.
"I boil the strings so they stretch, because if you just put them on and clamp it down, the strings stretch out on the guitar. I just take a pack and let it boil for 20 minutes in the hot water. And then I dry them in the sun, because otherwise they rust. But I only use them one night anyway, so who cares if they rust?""
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#12
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I heard EVH does this with his strings but he says that they are only good for about one night of playing then they go rusty very quickly.


EVH said he only used them one night, for a show, it doesn't make them rust easier, but when you play for 3 hours straight with dirty, sweaty hand on uncoated strings they are bound to rust. It just makes them stretch out and supposedly not break as fast or something.

I know some bassists boil their strings (since they are all steel wound or whatever) and it gets alot of the dirt and grime out so they can play them longer.
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This is ridiculous.
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#15
Please tell you are smart enough to take them off your guitar first....WTF? Why would you boil them in the first place. If it sounds too good to be true, it isn't. If it sound too stupid to be true, it is. This is just plain stupid.
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#17
EVH isnt a bassist. Bassist boil there strings so they last longer because there more expensive. Go ask in the bass forum if you want real answers.


And if your a guitarist wanting to boil your strings, then its kind of pointless.
#18
People do it all the time. I can't believe you guys have never heard of it until now.
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It does seem kinda pointless...
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#20
EVH said he does it to take some the "new" sound out of the strings...it flattens the tone of them a little so they have a "broken in" sound faster.
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Come on, would you take advice from this guy?


I wouldnt lol
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#23
Pfft. Boiling strings has been a long staple of bassists. Most of us do it to consolidate the cost of new strings!
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#24
what's all this mess? one time i tried to boil something and.............


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#25
This IS ridiculous!!!

Strings cost nothing these days. Not only that but they last a damn site longer than their elders.

Why the hell would anyone want to boil their strings!!!??!!!

I'd take no feckin notice of EVH and whatever he's saying. Guitar God.. yes! Complete alcoholic/drug addict/dead head... yes!
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#27
Never boil strings! Instead, you should bake them at 350 degrees for 22 minutes. Let them cool, and serve while still warm.
#28
Boiling old strings will give them a little bit of their life back.... like 1%... I only did it once because I was putting on a new set of strings and the new high e string snapped, so I boiled the old one and put that back on until I could get new ones.
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#30
Some people said, it will strecth the strings and make the tunning progress easier.
Btw, do you know there are some peoples who boil their string with pig's blood!!!!
They are already insane!! Yuckzzz....
#32
Some people said, it will strecth the strings and make the tunning progress easier.
Btw, do you know there are some peoples who boil their string with pig's blood!!!!
They are already insane!! Yuckzzz....
#33
Strings cost nothing these days. Not only that but they last a damn site longer than their elders.


I know, there's an obsession with things players used to do that were obviously these shit-hot, top secret techniques that are the key to their success.

Bollocks, it's just stuff people had to to to get by, same as slashing speaker cones, and the old favourite "Well, Hendrix didn't need a floyd". Ray Davies would never have resorted to slashing speaker cones if he could have just picked up a distortion pedal for £15, and Jimi Hendrix probably took so many drugs to kill the pain of listening to his guitar spend half it's life out of tune, if somenone had given him a floyd he'd have thought they were the second coming. There's an argument for bassists boiling old strings as they're still bloody expensive, and it's a handy standby for the unlikely event of your strings sounding shagged and there being no way of getting a new set for a gig, but that's about it.


All this stuff comes from years ago when there wasn't a guitar center in every town in the US and strings were harder to come by and more expensive. Eddie will have been doing it for years, probably on the advice of an even older guitarist, and is obviously hasn't kicked the habit...amongst other habits
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#36
Lots of people boil their strings. Its common knowledge. If you havent heard of it, you've probably not been around guitars that long.

However, Id prefer to just buy new strings than go through the effort of removing them, boiling them then putting them back on.
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#38
i too also boil my strings.. when i aint got the money to buy another set of strings... it is effective but not that of the same as brand new strings...
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#39
wait so how do you get them back on? wouldn't they be too short?
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#40
I have heard that some bass guitarists boil their bass strings to give them a better feel and sound. But if I was you I wouldn't do it with regular guitar strings.