#1
i've heard about people boiling their string to make them sound like new, i was just wondering, doesit really make a difference? and is it worth itsothat yudont have to pay for new strings? also how do you go about do you just put them in a pan of water and bring it up to the boil?

EDIT: sorry for spelling my keyboard is on the fritz so to speak
#2
Van Halen used to do that, but he did it to strech the strings before a gig. And after the gig he'd ge rid of the boiled strings, so I think that says something about the durability of boiled strings.

Short Version: I don't think it's worth it.
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#3
It's a short term fix. Boil your strings and they'll sound fresher or one or two playing sessions, then die completely. I've heard dunking them in pure alcohol cleaner gives them a longer life than just boiling, because it simply strips the dirt out and doesn't leave residue like water, but I've never tried it.
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#4
I still can't understand how people think putting metal in water is a good idea. Like, think hard about that. Also, heating metal up to a high point like that can really make it much harder, therefore more fragile. You'll break the strings much easier when you boil them.

Letting strings soak in denatured (don't be a jerk and use rubbing alcohol) works best since it's strongest and has no water. I'll refer you to tunemybass.com for that one.
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#5
Im actually gunna boil some today. However, I heard the shrinkage makes it sound brighter. But this only lasts for about 2 weeks at most.

When I'm done, I'll tell you what happens.
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Im actually gunna boil some today.


Don't do it unless you can afford a new set of strings within a couple of days.

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Im actually gunna boil some today. However, I heard the shrinkage makes it sound brighter. But this only lasts for about 2 weeks at most.

When I'm done, I'll tell you what happens.

If you have uncoated strings that you play with any regularity that has the new string sound for 2 weeks, tell me what they are. Did you read my big post at all?
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#8
Nikki Sixx used to do it
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#9
he probably also used to do a lot of blow. doesn't make it a good idea :P
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Nikki Sixx used to do it


As good an incentive not to do it as any I could think of.
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Nikki Sixx used to do it

Thanks for the warning.
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#12
just try it on a set of string that you were about to change anyways. boil them and put them back on to test it out. if it fails it wont matter because you were going to switch them anyways.
#13
It was a regular thing when I was poor, 100 degrees centigrade will not alter the structure of the metal,
The secret is to dry them as soon as you take them out of the boiling water.
Now I'm rich I don't need to do it.
But yes it does work for a little while.
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#14
Why don't you try barbecuing the strings?


No, not really.
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#16
It works. Its a good temporary solution if you REALLY need it.
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#17
Like the others have said it brings life to your strings for about a week
#19
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Why don't you try barbecuing the strings?


No, not really.


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#20
never boil your strings, buy a cleaning fluid instead...

ok,how to make a homemade string stew, tonight with martha stewart!
#21
Works for one gig, then sounds terrible. Listen to everyone else, and only do it to strings you were gonna change anyway.

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Thanks for the warning.


I said that to let the threadstarter know thats possible to do, you ****s. Don't attack me ( or Nikki for that matter) because I wanted to help someone with information.
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#25
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I would recomend getting rid of the pot afterwards or just dont cook food in it


Why. do you know if anyone has died from using the same pot for cooking food afterwards?
When I had a young family and money was tight I certainly used the saucepans for cooking in after I had boiled my strings in them,(I did this several times), none of my four children suffered through it.
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#26
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I said that to let the threadstarter know thats possible to do, you ****s. Don't attack me ( or Nikki for that matter) because I wanted to help someone with information.

And the posters above you that already made that perfectly clear... their posts were written in Chinese?
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Why. do you know if anyone has died from using the same pot for cooking food afterwards?
When I had a young family and money was tight I certainly used the saucepans for cooking in after I had boiled my strings in them,(I did this several times), none of my four children suffered through it.

i've boiled my strings, and it works for a while. be sure to take them out while they are hot so all the water evaporates. as far as using the pan again. i never told my family i was doing it so , except for my sister, two headed Sally, i've seen no ill effects.
#28
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Why. do you know if anyone has died from using the same pot for cooking food afterwards?
When I had a young family and money was tight I certainly used the saucepans for cooking in after I had boiled my strings in them,(I did this several times), none of my four children suffered through it.

Yeah. I'm eating Kraft Dinner out of a pan I just boiled strings in, and I'm doing completely *gak* *gak* *dies*
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Yeah. I'm eating Kraft Dinner out of a pan I just boiled strings in, and I'm doing completely *gak* *gak* *dies*

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And the posters above you that already made that perfectly clear... their posts were written in Chinese?


Go **** yourself?


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#32
i boiled mine a few day ago they sound great now . i didn't now they will sound bad in a week or so after but i need to buy new ones anyway.
#33
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