#1
Hi, i use Earnie Ball Extra Slinky strings, and i like them, but the bottom, higher pitched strings(E, B, G) keep turning black and dying on me in less than a week. The upper three lower pitched strings(D, A, E) are fine. But it's the other strings that turn black and SUCK in like 4 days, and i'm NOT changing my strings every week!

1.) What could be the problem?

2.) What are some strings that won't do this?
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#2
Quote by TheBax
Hi, i use Earnie Ball Extra Slinky strings, and i like them, but the bottom, higher pitched strings(E, B, G) keep turning black and dying on me in less than a week. The upper three lower pitched strings(D, A, E) are fine. But it's the other strings that turn black and SUCK in like 4 days, and i'm NOT changing my strings every week!

1.) What could be the problem?

2.) What are some strings that won't do this?



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#3
1) Do you happen to sweat a lot when you play? That's probably the problem. Not to mention the light gauge wouldn't help much.

2)I personally recommend D'addario 10s, they've never done anything like that to me.
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#4
yeah, thats ****ed up, ive never had a problem with my ernie balls, never even had a breakage
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#6
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i don't sweat when i play, not that i can recall...



you dont have to sweat like michael jackson in Toys r Us your hands with release moisture all the time without you noticing.
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you dont have to sweat like michael jackson in Toys r Us your hands with release moisture all the time without you noticing.

crap! i've always had kind of clammy hands... they sweat alot.
dang! that's probably the problem then.
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#9
if you put your guitar in the case right after you get done playing it overnight, the moisture will cause your strings to do this. i did that to my double neck after a show one night and didnt play it for a week. when i took it out my frets, strings, tuners and all my hardware was slightly rusted expect for the strings, which were rusted so bad that you could cut your finger on the strings if you did a slide. plus if you wipe your strings down whenever your done playing every time, it will cut down on that alot
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#10
You sweat battery acid. I have a buddy who can junk a set of strings in a couple of hours. I use fast fret before and after I play. I also use the elixir coated 10-46
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#11
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are these any good?


I use them, i like em. Though never really tried any other brand so i can't compare.
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#13
I had the same deal with EBs the plating came off really fast and turned black. I went to ddarrios havent had a problem since.
#14
Compared to Ernie ball's, d' Addario aint really that good. I currently use d' addario cause its the only brand that is available unless i travel by train for 1.5 hours. They dont have that bite that you get with ernie ball. They also don't last long.

Elixir strings are good! They last very long, but mine tends to break very fast. I think it was the strings that were old (bought a package with 20 sets). Because it was always the A string which went.
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#15
yea you have the acid hands syndrome. I can play my guitars without Obsessive handwashing, and my strings can last years.

coated strings would be your best bet i guess.. but realize that they won't ground properly since they won't really make contact with the bridge
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Elixir strings are good! They last very long, but mine tends to break very fast. I think it was the strings that were old (bought a package with 20 sets). Because it was always the A string which went.


They don't break easy on me and I pick hard as hell and abuse the **** out of my strings with tons of bending and tremelo picking and ****. Even on my Floyd Rose guitar they haven't snapped.
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#18
If you keep breaking the same string check and see if your saddle might be a little sharp.
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#20
The whole "this string that string" argument will never be solved. It's completely subjective. It's nothing to do with "this string is crap, that string is good" or any other way you can word it. It all has to do with what works for you. If EB's aren't working for you, then by all means seek out something that does. Strings aren't a hefty investment so you generally have plenty of room to experiement. I happen to love EB strings simply because they work for me, but that doesn't mean that anyone else's product is notably inferior.
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#21
ummm....yea i think you got sweaty hands.

or maybe it's that STARCASTER (*worst then squire ripoff* cough) f*ckin' around w/ ur strings
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#22
Wash your hands before you play (or I've even heard using some of that anti-bio hand stuff for "dry" washing works, too, and you could keep that in your case), and wipe down the strings (top and bottom, and not just the fretboard) after you play. Find an old cotton tee shirt you don't want anymore and cut it up for cleaning strips if you don't have a cleaning cloth.
#23
okay... i just bought some D' Addarios 10s and they're great, they play pretty good, although it's a bit rough trying to get used to the bigger size and all, but i think i'm gonna start using these.
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#24
well 5 bucks says you sweat and also u keep ur guitar in a moist (basemen maybe) place that will **** your strings big time. i used slinkys for awhile and to keel them working well u should change ur strings like once every 2 weeks because they ware out fast.... so thin..... i switched to useing dadario 10s go with those
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well 5 bucks says you sweat and also u keep ur guitar in a moist (basemen maybe) place that will **** your strings big time. i used slinkys for awhile and to keel them working well u should change ur strings like once every 2 weeks because they ware out fast.... so thin..... i switched to useing dadario 10s go with those

yeah... i just did the same exact thing. those D' Addarios 10s are good!
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#26
I just noticed the starcaster. Is that the squier, or the semi-hollow?

On a side note, I like my d-adarios.
I'm going to try some eb's soon though.
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I just noticed the starcaster. Is that the squier, or the semi-hollow?

On a side note, I like my d-adarios.
I'm going to try some eb's soon though.

The semi-hollow.
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