#1
Ok just wondering, I only change my strings when they break :\ which is mostly never.

So obviously they dont sound the way they did.

But im wondering could this affect your abilities like discerning one note from another ?

Is it really that vital to change strings every couple weeks ?
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#3
yes it is very improtant to change your strings. I change mine when i dont like the sound of them anymore. so that depends how much i play them. if im playing every day i would change them at least once a month maybe twice if i play a lot.
#4
I need to change my strings right now, and I can definately tell from the feel of them, along with the tone I'm getting from them, and I can see them starting to dull. So really, if you start losing tone and playability (more comfort than playability, but you get the idea), then it's time for a change.
#5
ummmm no not really i mean some people say its vital like you get a better sound but basicly just change them out when they look a bit worn e.g have got rust/marks on them and it will be fine and every couple of weeks will cost you a bomb.....
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#6
it all depends on what kind of strings you have... if they are elixers, they usually last a long time.
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#7
o and if you have a live show comeing up its a good idea to change prior to that else if there old they are more prone to snap
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#8
I personally like really old strings. I think they sound more....dirty?
I don't really like bright. So I keep mine on for a while. But I run cloth with cleaner over and under them to get all the dirt off.
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#10
i change mine every other month or so.. I can tell new from old strings.. personally i don't like brand new strings.. a little to much twang, gotta work 'em in for a week or so.
#11
every 2 months or so?
i'm not as fussed as much as some people, one of my mates changes his every 2 weeks.
i go to music college
so i guess they wear out quicker than most probably do...
unless you play hella loads.
just leave em till your not happy with em, nothing is written in stone.
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#13
elixer? that a type of potion lol

do you get those in normal guitar shops ?
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#14
Mine are completely dead within 5 days, playing an hour a day. And that's after wiping them, washing my hands before playing, etc. They are completely covered in rust. You can barely play them, even, so I constantly change mine.
#16
i have a cousin who hadnt changed his strings in 6 years.
they were literally black and rusted over.
my fingers would start hurting after a few seconds of playing.
he told me one time his fingers started bleeding.
i finally made him change his stings a few weeks ago.

dont wait 6 years to change your strings!
#18
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i change mine every other month or so.. I can tell new from old strings.. personally i don't like brand new strings.. a little to much twang, gotta work 'em in for a week or so.

Yep. Exactly.
#19
i play probably 2-5 hours a day and i can easily rust my strings to hell in under a week, but i usually clean the strings thouroughly every day so can usually stretch em for 2-3 weeks then they just feel and sound horrible and i replace em
#21
i just use a cloth and some isopropyl alcohol and just wipe them down, making sure to get underneith em too, cleans em in no time
#22
you guys have serious problems, how can your strings rust in under a week?
your not playing that much.
i think you should look at what enviroment your keeping your guitar in, is it dusty, damp?
try leaving it in it's case whenever you're not playing it...
cos changing strings once a week must be hella expensive and annoying and you shouldn't have to do it. IT AIN'T RIGHT!
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#23
ive had an ibanez rg 120 since last christmas day. bought it outta guitar center it came already strung and i havent broken or changed any strings yet. and they still sound alright.
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#24
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how do u clean them?
with out takeing them off


This is amazing: I got an old acoustic out of the attic with rusty strings (steel), so I rubbed each one down with chrome polish and they were like new. OK, so they were like strings that had been on your guitar for two months, but it's still pretty cool how they went from dark grey and brown to shiny silver.

If you want to keep your strings clean and new, rub them down with a cotton towel after you are done playing. Nothing in depth, just to keep them clean. And try to wash your hands if they are greasy. Just make sure you dry them very well.
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#26
you guys have serious problems, how can your strings rust in under a week?


I know its damn annoying, some people just have very acidic fingers it seems - i certainly do :p

Edit: Just finished playing for today, my G string is brown (used a lot in what im learning at the moment) and ive only had these strings on for maybe a week and a half? Thankfully cleanin em thouroughly once i finish keeps em going for a couple of weeks otherwise id get pretty annoyed :p If only my fingers didnt sweat so much when playing
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#27
i change them whenever they break. ive had my guitar about 4 months and last night was the second time ive changed them
#28
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Mine are completely dead within 5 days, playing an hour a day. And that's after wiping them, washing my hands before playing, etc. They are completely covered in rust. You can barely play them, even, so I constantly change mine.



wow,, seriously man, you need to invest in some elixirs, they may cost a little more up front, but you wont need to change them so much,.