#1
I first got my guitar on July 4th of this year, and I've never changed the strings. I'm a very casual player though. Seriously, I tend to pick up the guitar when I'm bored.

I think it's time to change the strings.

Also, I was thinking about improving my pickups. They're the factory ones on the guitar from the Spider III pack. Any suggestions? Also, I've never swapped out pickups before, so should I hire someone else to do it?
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#2
Probably change strings every few months. As far as new pickups go, they won't do much for you. Getting a new amp will help a ton more than new pickups will.
#3
Someone who plays 2 hours a day should change strings every 3-4 weeks. Seeing as how you're a casual player you can go maybe 3-5 months.
#4
Buy Elixir strings whenever you do. They're about 10 dollars but a pair of .11s lasted me 7 months, And I play atleast 3 hours a day. Also, Every time one of my friends came over and played my guitar he'd always think I got new strings, They're great.
#6
before you spend a couple hundred on a pickup swap, make sure you have a good practice amp.

most noticable tone will come from your amp.
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#7
coated strings last longer, good investment if you don't play them much
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I first got my guitar on July 4th of this year, and I've never changed the strings. I'm a very casual player though. Seriously, I tend to pick up the guitar when I'm bored.

I think it's time to change the strings.

Also, I was thinking about improving my pickups. They're the factory ones on the guitar from the Spider III pack. Any suggestions? Also, I've never swapped out pickups before, so should I hire someone else to do it?


there is no need for changing strings periodically imo as set of strings usually last for months before it starts rusting. I usually have a set of new strings for backup and do a restring only when I get to feel uncomfortable with it. but my high E tends to snap well before it rust

as for the pickup upgrade question, seriously, a better amp will make you much happier than new pickups can do.. so don't do it unless you have a decent amp already.