#1
I put fresh D'Addario strings on my strat about 3 to 4 weeks ago, and they're rusting on the upper frets already. They still sound bright-ish, but the rust is coming off onto the frets and dirt on my guitars pisses me off.

Do you think it's the summer humidity?

I've used Ernie Ball strings before and they go months without rusting, though they don't sound as crisp to my ears (in my opinion).
Last edited by BrickIsRed at Jul 15, 2008,
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#5
Your lucky that it lasts you even three days. My E,G, and B strings are completely rusted after 3 DAYS and that's if I'm lucky.
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#6
I just put some d'addarios on about 4 days ago and after the first day some rust spots appeared on them. For 3 weeks seeing a lot of rust isnt surprising if you play alot
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#7
d'addario's don't last more than about 2 months, but while they last they sound great, they're my prefered strings, i don't mind changing them monthly or bi-monthly though, but wipe your strings after, it'll help
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#8
I put D'Addario stings on my guitar months ago and they havent rust or anything.
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#9
have you been playin more often and sometimes if your hands are sweety when your playing it makes the strings rust faster. when your done playing try wiping the strings off with a t-shirt. it helps slow down the rusting process
#10
wipe em off with a towel after rockin out man! That should help some. btw FENDER RULES!
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#11
Try using GHS Boomers on your strat.
I've been using the Boomers on all my guitars for about 6 months now, and they sounds great. I've used both Ernie Ball's and D'Addario's before that, and i think the GHS have a better sound, plus, they last longer. I only have to change my strings once every month and a half or so and i play at least 2 hours a day..
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I put fresh D'Addario strings on my strat about 3 to 4 weeks ago, and they're rusting on the upper frets already. They still sound bright-ish, but the rust is coming off onto the frets and dirt on my guitars pisses me off.

Do you think it's the summer humidity?

I've used Ernie Ball strings before and they go months without rusting, though they don't sound as crisp to my ears (in my opinion).


I've had my Elixrs for about a year and they haven't rusted
#13
One time i bought some D'Addario's and i was putting them on my guitar, and the Low E string was already discoloring, like it was starting to rust, I figure it gives it that aged feel, haha, the best part is they still sound amazing.
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#14
I use D'Addario's and I replace them every two weeks.
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#15
Everybodies skin chemistry is different. For me the fender and EBs turn black in 1 practice session. The ddarrios last weeks for me. But I keep my hands clean and use fast fret after Im done playing. Steel and skin salts/acids with humidity a bad mix. Maybe they just arent the strings for you. Or as other said wash your hands and wipe the strings down when done. And 3 to 4 weeks isnt bad for a set of strings if you play every day for several hours.
#16
Most people (not me) suggest changing your strings at least as often as 3 or 4 weeks, so you may want to consider that option. However, I leave D'Addario strings on my guitar for months and they don't rust, so I suspect you merely have defective strings.