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Re: String change
« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2017, 10:30:52 pm »
for 6 weeks now.  starting to lose some tone.

Six weeks ?
Man, i wish my strings lasted that long, the way i play they're dead in two to three weeks.

I'd say it's normal if you play fairly regularly, and depending on local climate and such.
For instance,i live close enough to the coast that my strings start to rust after seven to eight weeks if i don't change them.
I also want to point out that coated strings lose their tone as quickly as regular strings, but because the coating changes some of the sound characteristics, it's usually less pronounced.
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Re: String change
« Reply #16 on: August 16, 2017, 01:12:27 pm »
This is all good information about how long before string changes.  I don't play more than 30-45 min per day and not even every day.  Sometimes on the weekend I might get 1.5-2 hours.  I last changed my strings back in April or May and I was thinking they were sounding a bit dead - particularly the 2nd string.  I've only used Ernie Ball Super Slinky, but thinking about trying something different.  Does anybody have any suggestions?
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Re: String change
« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2017, 07:15:16 pm »
This is all good information about how long before string changes.  I don't play more than 30-45 min per day and not even every day.  Sometimes on the weekend I might get 1.5-2 hours.  I last changed my strings back in April or May and I was thinking they were sounding a bit dead - particularly the 2nd string.  I've only used Ernie Ball Super Slinky, but thinking about trying something different.  Does anybody have any suggestions?

SIT strings, or stick with the Ernie Ball, IMHO.
I use SIT and Ernie Ball on my electric and acoustic respectively, and i use d'Addario on my PRS SE Custom 24, because neither SIT nor Ernie Ball does the peculiar string gauge i use on that guitar...
But if i ever find another brand which i can easily find locally that does .09½, i'm switching over to that.
I am really not a fan of d'Addario.
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Re: String change
« Reply #18 on: August 17, 2017, 08:00:02 pm »

I am really not a fan of d'Addario.

Why?  Just personal preference, or is it a bad experience with tone or breakage?  What are your thoughts on chrome or all nickel or cobalt... or as a beginner in stage 7, should I not even think about that yet?
Finally, I was thinking about Fender Bullets... thoughts?
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Re: String change
« Reply #19 on: August 18, 2017, 02:23:33 am »
Why?  Just personal preference, or is it a bad experience with tone or breakage? 

Breakage on new strings with very, very bad timing (middle of a gig).
And they tend to rust away like mad with me, no idea why.

What are your thoughts on chrome or all nickel or cobalt

They have their applications, each has their own sound, though that also depends on what pickups you're using, guitar used (specifically different scale lengths give different results).
More a matter of preference (like brands and gauges) than anything else, IMHO.

... or as a beginner in stage 7, should I not even think about that yet?

If helps you play better, or get closer to the sound you want, then whatever it is is relevant regardless of what level of experience you have.
Should it be the focal point of whatever you're doing ?
Nope, playing and learning are the only things that really matter.

Finally, I was thinking about Fender Bullets... thoughts?

Those used to be OEM's from d'Addario, going on the assumption they're still the cheapest OEM, they still are.
Otherwise they'll be the cheapest low end strings from whoever's now selling them cheaper than d'Addario does at wholesale level.
So i'm not a fan, but hey, some people love the damn things, so like with d'Addario : YMMV.
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Re: String change
« Reply #20 on: August 18, 2017, 01:05:20 pm »
Thanks for the input Dan, I appreciate it! :)
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Re: String change
« Reply #21 on: August 18, 2017, 01:29:40 pm »
I like D'Addario pure nickels. Others don't.

It's nice to have choices :)

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Re: String change
« Reply #22 on: October 17, 2017, 07:45:24 am »
New string change: Yesterday I changed my 4 months old D'addario (great strings, but they were really dead) and put on Martin Lifespan 7050 (coated strings). I like the sound of the Martins, very nice strumming sound both with fingers and a pick. A bit bright as always with new strings, but I guess it will be better after a couple of days playing.  What I dont like is the feel, they are a bit uncomfortable to the fingers and not as slick as the Elixir coated strings I had before. Hopefully I get used to them, it's not too bad and they sound good.
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Re: String change
« Reply #23 on: October 18, 2017, 08:24:39 am »
I always keep a a few Ernie Ball 10's in my bag. They are available from Amazon for about a £5 in a 6 pack I think.

I only use D'addario extra light flatwounds and stick on one of the Ernie's if I occasionally break a high E. To my untrained ear, one 10 gauge high E is pretty much like any other.
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Re: String change
« Reply #24 on: February 19, 2018, 01:46:29 pm »
Ok, new strings again. My 3rd string change I made myself. Everything went well and its quite easy to change strings. Should do it more often I had the old ones since mid October and I play almost every day.

New strings are D'addario EXP 26. Nice feeling and easy to fret. Very bright but I've learned that new strings sound bright. I give them a couple of days to break in. 
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Re: String change
« Reply #25 on: February 21, 2018, 03:50:20 pm »
Once you find a set of strings you like you its cheaper to buy bulk. 3 sets, 5 sets, or more if you play a lot.
Also a few years ago i went into a large music store to buy strings and something to clean my guitar guitar with. The sales guy whispered "this stuff is a rip off, go to the supermarket and buy furniture polish, just make sure it is silicone free". Already had some at home, have been using it since. Works great!! 

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Re: String change
« Reply #26 on: February 21, 2018, 05:50:21 pm »
Yesterday I removed my 6 months old elixir strings, they were completely dead and also started to stick on the fingers so it was about time. I put on d'addario phosphor bronze. The new strings feel and sound very nice. Never liked the tone of the Elixirs (way to bright) so not sure why I didn't change earlier.

It was the first string change ever done by myself. It was not difficult and quite fun. So don't be afraid to do it if you havent done it before. I will change strings more often in the future that's for sure.

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Re: String change
« Reply #27 on: February 22, 2018, 12:39:49 am »
Quite therapeutic in a sense. I like the process.

Agree with you Jesper, it's like giving the guitar some love after all the lovely music she's played for me. It deepens my connection with the guitar too. Cleaning is always therapeutic for me  :D

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Re: String change
« Reply #28 on: February 22, 2018, 12:41:48 am »
I did not like the Elixir Nanoweb, too bright.

Good on you for taking the plunge Johan  :)
I've got Elixir Polyweb on my guitar at the moment and I like them. They are described as 'warm, fast and slick' I like to think that's how my playing is  8)  (in my dreams at least)

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Re: String change
« Reply #29 on: February 22, 2018, 12:46:03 am »
New string change:  What I dont like is the feel, they are a bit uncomfortable to the fingers and not as slick as the Elixir coated strings I had before. Hopefully I get used to them, it's not too bad and they sound good.

Johan there are guitar string lubricants on the market that makes the strings slicker. The one I know about is called Finger Ease. It's not something I'd use as it seems to be a lot of fiddling around and I keep chemicals to a minimum.

 

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