#1
I think I let mine sit a while too long, and they get all rusty and stuff. But I do have sweaty hands which doesn't help much. So how about you?
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#2
I change mine for too much. I don't know why. It ranges from every few weeks to every two months. Usually every month. I've started to slow down, though, as I like the sound of worn in electric strings.
#3
since it's gigging season for me at least every week for three gigs.
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#5
Shit, like twice a year.

Honestly I just keep them in tune. New strings do sound better, but a good guitarist can play a squire with 2 yr. old strings and still wail.
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#6
i change them all whenever i break one, or if they're just old and rank
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#7
When i break one or every 2.5-3.5 weeks usually
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#9
i change them when they start to feel nasty. those GBE strings getting rusty really hurts the hand after awhile.
#10
About every three months... And my bass strings every year.
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#11
Once per 3 weeks ish. I either like strings new, or very old. I don't like the inbetween where it's starting to rust/corrode.
#12
When I notice that they no longer intonate correctly. If your guitar is set up properly you'll notice the degraded strings as they won't seem to tune up properly anymore and will sound dull. This seems to depend mostly upon how often you play and how well you keep them clean. For me this is about 2 months maximum but I'm not practising as often as I should these days unfortunately.
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#13
Usually, once every month or so. I just got Elixir strings to see how long they will last because I tend to sweat.
#15
My hands sweat pretty bad - I can bung a new set on and I'll have 'em tarnished in 30 mins.

Used to change once a week, then I remembered that years ago I used to use lubricating contact cleaner to remove the tarnish, now I change them once a month and my bank manager is happier.
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#16
I can sweat pretty badly when playing, but I started using Rotosound Stainless Steel strings. They're a godsend cos they don't corrode, so I can leave them on for aaaages - this current lot are about 4 months old and still play well. I only change strings when I want the feel of fresh ones - you cannot beat the feel and twang of fresh guitar strings.

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#17
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I change mine for too much. I don't know why. It ranges from every few weeks to every two months. Usually every month. I've started to slow down, though, as I like the sound of worn in electric strings.

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#18
2 or 3 weeks. as soon as i start losing volume and tone.

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#19
Once a month, but then i change the strings on all 3 of my electrics cause i like my guitars to feel the same, not one with old strings and the other 2 with new sets. I also clean my strings to keep them less tarnished.
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#20
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Shit, like twice a year.

Honestly I just keep them in tune. New strings do sound better, but a good guitarist can play a squire with 2 yr. old strings and still wail.

you must be calling me a good guitarist then

not replaced the strings on my affinity strat for such a long time but it still sounds awesome (and no, i'm not a noob)
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#21
every two to three months, im lazy and I dont do any shows so I dont really need to. Not a big fan of the new string sound either that you get the first few days after changing them.
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#22
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I can sweat pretty badly when playing, but I started using Rotosound Stainless Steel strings. They're a godsend cos they don't corrode, so I can leave them on for aaaages - this current lot are about 4 months old and still play well. I only change strings when I want the feel of fresh ones - you cannot beat the feel and twang of fresh guitar strings.



Stainless steel strings will be harder on your frets!!!! (Nothing's free in life)
Frets are generally a nickel alloy and against nickel strings last for years unless you're an animal player. But with the harder SS strings, you could literally wear groves into your frets faster and wear them down overall if you like bending.
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#23
Depends on how often I'm able to play.

I usually go through 2 or 3 sets during the summer holidays (6 weeks with nothing much to do but guitar), but during termtime they usually last half a term at least, if not a whole term.

Of course, this depends on me keeping guitars in their bags.

Also, I rather like the sound of old acoustic strings... Had the present set on my acoustic since last July.
#24
As soon as one breaks, I change the strings.
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#25
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When I notice that they no longer intonate correctly. If your guitar is set up properly you'll notice the degraded strings as they won't seem to tune up properly anymore and will sound dull. This seems to depend mostly upon how often you play and how well you keep them clean. For me this is about 2 months maximum but I'm not practising as often as I should these days unfortunately.


mine never intonate correctly, and i know how im supposed to do it, never figured out what was wrong with my guitar.
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#26
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As soon as one breaks, I change the strings.



Why are your strings breaking often?

If I changed my strings every time one broke, I'd have a lot more cash in my pocket....

I change mine when they go "dead" and lose their tone.
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#28
every week
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#29
it just pops into my head that i need to change strings. every few months i'd say, i don't really have a schedule
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#32
If I'm in the studio, I change them every week or so, but on just a regular day to day basis, I change them every 4 months or so, and before any big gigs that my band might get.
#33
when they break.
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#34
Not enough. But I change 'em alot campared to my guitarist.

He has DRs on his. The silver color has completely worn off of them. They're black now.
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#35
How often do you play? Many have talked about changing strings more often if they are playing gigs on a regular basis. I play about 2-3 weekends per month in a cover band, and I try to change my strings every couple of weeks. I also break a lot of strings and am forced to change them more often than I like. You can tell when you have unresponsive strings...change them accordingly.
#36
usually once they start to not stay in tune anymore
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#37
yeah, when strings are worn out, its kinda annoying. so i change them.
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#38
Quote by voodoochyl
How often do you play? Many have talked about changing strings more often if they are playing gigs on a regular basis. I play about 2-3 weekends per month in a cover band, and I try to change my strings every couple of weeks. I also break a lot of strings and am forced to change them more often than I like. You can tell when you have unresponsive strings...change them accordingly.


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#39
obviously most of you guys are guitarists.....how often do you know of that you/your bass players change bass strings?
#40
If your not gigging or anything, than every 3-5 months in fine.
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