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Offline jono

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Strings on multiple guitars
« on: January 04, 2018, 02:02:00 pm »
Hi all

Somehow I have ended up with five guitars and play each regularly. I know people suggest string changes every couple of months but does it depend on the amount of play they get. As long as the strings are wiped down after use and look OK is it reasonable to look at a change every six months.

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Re: Strings on multiple guitars
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2018, 10:51:25 pm »
There are a lot of factors that contribute to the speed at which your strings degrade. You just need to change them when you hear they've lost their edge.


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Re: Strings on multiple guitars
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2018, 11:39:16 pm »
What Barnezy says, but some people actually like old dull sounding strings.

As long as the guitar is still holding tune well (older strings tend to be harder to tune), and still sound OK, I wouldn't rush to change them. Although it is quite refreshing when you fit a new set of strings and realise just how dull the old ones were.

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Re: Strings on multiple guitars
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2018, 10:49:23 am »
Thanks guys.
That's sort of what I was getting at. As you don't really notice the strings are dull until you change them what signs are there that they need changing  (apart from dirt). I will go by the them holding their tuning.
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Re: Strings on multiple guitars
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2018, 01:20:42 pm »
I change mine at least once every 6 weeks to 2 months. Sometimes before that if they can't stay in tune. But it all comes down to how much you play, how acid your sweat is and if you remember to wipe the strings after palying. And of course there is the difference from string make to another.
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Re: Strings on multiple guitars
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2018, 02:07:42 pm »
What Barnezy says, but some people actually like old dull sounding strings.

As long as the guitar is still holding tune well (older strings tend to be harder to tune), and still sound OK, I wouldn't rush to change them. Although it is quite refreshing when you fit a new set of strings and realise just how dull the old ones were.

On this point, I fitted some different strings to my Martin DJR. Initially I hated them but now they are over 6weeks old, I really like them. However the strings I used before on it sounded great initially and dull by 6 weeks. So I guess it's also to do with the tone you want from them also.

At the moment I'm trying different strings on each change, to find the ones I like. I'm just changing them when I either get bored of the sound or they get really dull. I don't think there's any hard and fast rule to it.


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