#1
Earlier today I had my strings changed, which is how I now know how to change my strings. The guy who worked at the place tuned it, and I soon went home. While riding on the car, I noticed the the 2nd string was going out of tune even if I tuned it. This problem stopped after I detuned my guitar to flat. But, then I noticed I had some loose strings, which I did not ask for but seems to be a mix of good and bad, and I was thinking about it, as it seems many great guitarists have loose strings.

I was wondering, what could loose strings possible effect on my guitar? The good and the Bad? I am trying to play in the style of Van Halen and Ozzy Osbourne. The strings are still in tune, but I am still pondering if I should ask them to tighten them up for me.

I would like to know what is good and bad with Loose strings and how it affects my playing. I am still getting used to have loose strings but I hope I can get some answers.

Thank you in advance.
#2
dude, no. You are a total noob. Please just take the guitar back to the store and tell the guy you want your money back. Take up a new hobby, maybe get a vlog on YouTube?
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#3
new strings detune for most of the night until stretched.

by loose, i guess a lighter gauge? just use the gauge you like best.
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I'm not sure I understand your question. One of your strings is flat, and stays flat even when you tune it? So then you tuned all the other strings to match it? Thats not right. Alot of big name guitarists tune a half step down, but it is usualy because they are playing very heavy guage strings, and tuning down makes it easier to bend and fret. If I understand your question right, then there could be a few easy explnations: New strings will keep going flat for a day or two at the most; you just have to keep re-tuning them. If this doesn't solve your problem, you could have gotten a bad batch of strings, and the string is comming unwound around the little bead that keeps it in place on your guitar. Or it could be your guitar; a broken tuning peg, a funky bridge, etc. I'd say find a different music store than the one you went to and have them take a look at it.
#5
new strings on a ****ty guitar will go out of tune for weeks until they are completely stretched and the looser the strings the better. I use .008's (witch is ultra-thin if u don't know) and i play a half step down so my strings are really loose, but i can play 10x better.
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#6
Just stretch ur strings... bend them up and back... they will stop going out of tune after that.
#7
call the shop ask them what gauge they put on.

loose means lighter gauge. thicker pull harder and are used more in down tuning.


either that or u have a trem guitar and the bridge isnt balanced.
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I'm not sure I understand your question. One of your strings is flat, and stays flat even when you tune it? So then you tuned all the other strings to match it? Thats not right. Alot of big name guitarists tune a half step down, but it is usualy because they are playing very heavy guage strings, and tuning down makes it easier to bend and fret. If I understand your question right, then there could be a few easy explnations: New strings will keep going flat for a day or two at the most; you just have to it in place on your guitar. Or it could be your guitar; a broken tuning peg, a funky bridge, etc. I'd say find a different music store than the one you went to and have them take a look at it.


All right, I know I am not clear sometimes. Usually never clear. So...

I got a new set of strings. When riding home, the 2nd string kept going out of tune.
-I said this incase this might be a problem-

But that solved out when I detuned my guitar -which is what I usually have it tuned to-

So, I realized my strings are loose, which feels weird but I can get used to. I just want to know the good things and bad things about having loose strings.
#9
umm good things about having floppy strings, nothing.

good thing about having the correct gauge for down tuning, less fret buzz.


and the string is detuning because it's not stretched. and they feel loose because they are too thin. and now ive said it 3 times so im out.
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umm good things about having floppy strings, nothing.

good thing about having the correct gauge for down tuning, less fret buzz.


and the string is detuning because it's not stretched. and they feel loose because they are too thin. and now ive said it 3 times so im out.


*Slaps Head* It stopped detuning, I just said that incase it was a problem in my noobish world.

But when I hit the strings, they make a mettalic sound, like semi-heavy distiortion on the 6th, 5th, and 4th strings, but it's still clean. They are still in tune, but not flopping all over the place.
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#11
sounds like fret buzz.
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sounds like fret buzz.


When the guy tuned it and tested it he didnt say anything or do anything. He just handed it to me. It's probably not fret buzz. It plays fine, It's just making me wonder about the good things and the bad things about loose strings.
#13
theres nothing wrong with loose strings, in fact its better because it makes solos easier, but the guy didn't tell you because he doesnt get paid enough to give a ****.
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theres nothing wrong with loose strings, in fact its better because it makes solos easier, but the guy didn't tell you because he doesnt get paid enough to give a ****.


Thank you. I just needed to make sure incase it wont work for me.
#15
Do you have a tremelo? What exactly do you mean by "loose"?
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New strings do sound quite metallic when you first get them put on, and they do tend to rattle and break up a bit until they set in.
#17
Floppy strings = slightly less tight tone.

Higher gauge is definitely FTW!
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#18
The only one with a clue in this thread is Jenny...

I'll go through this step by step.

Earlier today I had my strings changed, which is how I now know how to change my strings.


Good, more beginners should do this, have someone show them how to do this simple task.

The guy who worked at the place tuned it, and I soon went home.


He should have explained to you that the new strings would have no tuning stability until the "stretched". He also should have asked what tuning you normally use, what gauge you had on, a number of questions about your playing style... In short, he should have done the job with more knowledge of how and what you play, rather than just putting on probably cheap strings and tuning them to standard.

While riding on the car, I noticed the the 2nd string was going out of tune even if I tuned it. This problem stopped after I detuned my guitar to flat.


This was probably the normal stretching of a string, and it stopping when you tuned down has little to do with the fact that you tuned down.

But, then I noticed I had some loose strings, which I did not ask for but seems to be a mix of good and bad, and I was thinking about it, as it seems many great guitarists have loose strings.


The correct way to say this is that you then noticed the guy who worked on your guitar put on lighter strings than you had before. Also, those famous guitarists who use heavy strings are more reknowned for it than guitarists who use light strings. The only guitarist who really has an excuse is Toniy Iommi who lost his fingertips.

I was wondering, what could loose strings possible effect on my guitar? The good and the Bad? I am trying to play in the style of Van Halen and Ozzy Osbourne. The strings are still in tune, but I am still pondering if I should ask them to tighten them up for me.


First of all, you don't "tighten up strings". If you go into the shop and ask them to tighten the strings, they'll assume you're a complete idiot and probably just tune it to standard. The only way to make strings "tighter" in a given tuning is to switch to a heavier gauge (or a different brand that happens to make their strings differently).

The light strings should not have any effect on your guitar. If they are radically lighter than the strings you had on before, you could require a truss rod adjustment, but I doubt that is the case.

You don't play in the style of Ozzy Osbourne, you more likely play in the style of Randy Rhoads.

Now, here are the differences between light and heavy strings. Light strings are "looser", easier to bend and might feel floppy. Heavy strings are "tighter", hard to bend and rigid. Heavy strings also have better sustain, thicker natural tone and better tuning stability. Which you should use depends on your personal preference, which you must develop on your own.


I would like to know what is good and bad with Loose strings and how it affects my playing. I am still getting used to have loose strings but I hope I can get some answers.
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