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post May 3 2008, 09:25 PM
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im wondering how often you change to new strings.

Im asking because, when i play every day, i have to change my strings every 3 or 4 weeks. The strings become dark, specially the high strings and they become uncomfortable to play. They are kind of sharp and it hurts my fingers, specially when bending them.

Is there a way to keep them longer alive and is this a normal period?.
How often do you change your strings?

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post May 3 2008, 09:27 PM
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QUOTE (petar64 @ May 3 2008, 10:25 PM) *
im wondering how often you change to new strings.

Im asking because, when i play every day, i have to change my strings every 3 or 4 weeks. The strings become dark, specially the high strings and they become uncomfortable to play. They are kind of sharp and it hurts my fingers, specially when bending them.

Is there a way to keep them longer alive and is this a normal period?.
How often do you change your strings?

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i use them 2-3 weeks before i change

and there is something called fast fret thats help increase the time of life of the string


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post May 3 2008, 09:37 PM
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the normal period depends on how many times or hours you are playing on strings.
often i change my strings when i feel there is no more sustain from its
but the best way to keep them longer a live , there is a special spray or oil for cleaning the strings
to still keep em in a good case


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post May 4 2008, 12:04 AM
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I use fast fret and I also clean the neck whenever I change my strings.


AND - here's the big tip. I wash my hands always before I play the guitar!

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post May 4 2008, 12:07 AM
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About every 3 or 4 months.


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post May 4 2008, 12:09 AM
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QUOTE (OrganisedConfusion @ May 3 2008, 07:07 PM) *
About every 3 or 4 months.


Elixirs? I change mine every three months or so with elixirs.


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post May 4 2008, 12:11 AM
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QUOTE (JVM @ May 4 2008, 12:09 AM) *
Elixirs? I change mine every three months or so with elixirs.

Nah I use D'addario strings. Best strings around by far. I never stap them and they last for ever.


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QUOTE (OrganisedConfusion @ May 3 2008, 07:11 PM) *
Nah I use D'addario strings. Best strings around by far. I never stap them and they last for ever.


I use d'addario if I haven't got a pack of elixirs around, but they don't seem to last me more than a month before I really need to change em. Any tips? tongue.gif I prefer the feel and sound of elixirs though, anyhow. Though I think it's too much when paired with the already silky smooth neck of a parker. On other guitars though, elixirs all the way biggrin.gif


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post May 4 2008, 12:20 AM
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I tend to like worn strings just like Van Halen prefers them. I dislike new strings.


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post May 4 2008, 12:21 AM
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i never break strings !! i use ernie ball 9-42 super slinky, with fast fret
but since it's not really good for the guitar's fretboard to keep strings 3 or 4 months, i'm trying to change them every month but it's more on the feeling, when you feel they should be changed ... you know.
by the way rokztar: you can use them for 2 weeks !! with fast fret .. i think that's short


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post May 4 2008, 02:19 AM
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The strings should be changed as soon as their resonance abilities start to diminish. This involves several factors and most important imo are:

1. The rust - when the string coating is gone, the metal starts oxidizing in contact with the air and moisture and the rust makes the string vibrate unevenly and causes lose of sustain and color.
2. Tension - The string is under a lot of tension when properly tuned, so in time the metal looses it's initial flexibility on certain places, and starts to vibrate unevenly. This causes tune problems and lose of color.
3. Fret marks - When the string is pressed to fret - tiny marks start to appear on those places after some time. This makes the strings vibration unbalanced and causes lose of sustain and color.

So after you see your strings are not in a good condition - change them.



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I usually change them once a month or so, sometimes 3 weeks when I'm not lazy tongue.gif


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I change them when they loose their sound or break (more often case) ...Its about 1-2 months for me.. smile.gif


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post May 6 2008, 03:01 AM
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I change them right as soon as I can feel the little bumps under the strings, usually 2-3 weeks. I find D'addarios(for uncoated strings) last very long, and sound great, but I like Ernie Balls playability wise.


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post May 6 2008, 03:09 AM
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Until I break one. (Usually half a year, Elixirs last forever biggrin.gif )


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post May 6 2008, 07:38 AM
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every 4-6 weeks if it's possible smile.gif


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post May 6 2008, 06:59 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ May 4 2008, 03:19 AM) *
The strings should be changed as soon as their resonance abilities start to diminish. This involves several factors and most important imo are:

1. The rust - when the string coating is gone, the metal starts oxidizing in contact with the air and moisture and the rust makes the string vibrate unevenly and causes lose of sustain and color.
2. Tension - The string is under a lot of tension when properly tuned, so in time the metal looses it's initial flexibility on certain places, and starts to vibrate unevenly. This causes tune problems and lose of color.
3. Fret marks - When the string is pressed to fret - tiny marks start to appear on those places after some time. This makes the strings vibration unbalanced and causes lose of sustain and color.

So after you see your strings are not in a good condition - change them.

What can I say...Ivan you have wrote the same things that a I would like to write... wink.gif


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I also agree with Ivan. On tour I change my strings every day, like this I can avoid breaking strings on stage ( I HATE this wink.gif ), but at home I of course use them a bit longer smile.gif There is no fixed time for me to change them, as soon as they don't feel fine anymore I put on new ones.


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I change them whenever they loose that extra spark


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post May 8 2008, 09:45 PM
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Marcus has a great point when it comes to giggin that strings should be new before every gig. I'll add few experiences if I may. I actually don't change them before every gig, because sometimes I don't get a spare set in time to change it, but that is very risky. If the string brakes during a gig, you need a backup guitar, and if you don't have a backup guitar, then the audience must wait restringing and that can be painful indeed sad.gif Once I snapped 2 strings on the same gig, 2 songs from each other and every time the audience waited for me to restring - that is one very bad experience for the audience and me too. Imo it is better to put maybe lesser quality strings that don't break then great quality strings that brake.
Also wanna write in relation to that that I bought Elixir recently, and two strings snapped in a period of two weeks. Awesome strings but unusable for me unfortunately. So I should get back to boomers. They are cheap and last considerable less, but hey, they never broke on me and that's what counts the most.


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