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jonathan
post May 2 2009, 01:08 PM
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hey guys, How often should i change the strings of my guitar?

i've got a washburn lyon series WE - 10/TS.
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post May 2 2009, 01:11 PM
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When you feel your string are getting 'dusty' (don't know if this is the right term) and they kinda hurt your finger when you slide you can change them
Also if you use string cleaner like fast fret for example your strings durability will be longer, and don't forget to wipe out your string each time after you play them smile.gif


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post May 3 2009, 12:06 AM
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QUOTE (jonathan @ May 2 2009, 02:08 PM) *
hey guys, How often should i change the strings of my guitar?

i've got a washburn lyon series WE - 10/TS.


Depends how much you play I guess. If you gig, you should change them before every gig just in case, and if you play/practice at home, then you can hold them as long as you want, possibly even a month. You will see when they start detuning etc.. ideally you should change them whenever the string looses that initial top end sizzle.


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post May 4 2009, 01:51 PM
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QUOTE (Jad Diab @ May 2 2009, 08:11 PM) *
When you feel your string are getting 'dusty' (don't know if this is the right term) and they kinda hurt your finger when you slide you can change them
Also if you use string cleaner like fast fret for example your strings durability will be longer, and don't forget to wipe out your string each time after you play them smile.gif


Hey jad thanks for your help. smile.gif
I've heard that fast fret has silicone in it and that it damages the fretboard, is this true?

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Depends how much you play I guess. If you gig, you should change them before every gig just in case, and if you play/practice at home, then you can hold them as long as you want, possibly even a month. You will see when they start detuning etc.. ideally you should change them whenever the string looses that initial top end sizzle.


Thanks for your help Ivan, i think it's time for me to get some new strings then!
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post May 4 2009, 01:53 PM
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QUOTE (jonathan @ May 4 2009, 02:51 PM) *
I've heard that fast fret has silicone in it and that it damages the fretboard, is this true?


I've been using FastFret for a while and never had any problems with it. smile.gif


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post May 6 2009, 09:27 AM
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I also change my strings before every single show, or every day when it comes to recording in the studio, but at home I keep them until I think they don't sound good anymore, and this of course depends on how much you play.


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post May 6 2009, 09:34 AM
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[quote name='jonathan' date='May 4 2009, 02:51 PM' post='376533']
Hey jad thanks for your help. smile.gif
I've heard that fast fret has silicone in it and that it damages the fretboard, is this true?



I've heard that to, in a topic here on GMC, i was a quotation from a luthier


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post May 6 2009, 12:18 PM
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Fast fret may or may not have silicone in it but it shouldn't really "damage" the fretboard - I've used it for ages. I do however clean the fretboard of any gunk and oil it whenever I change strings. Dr. Stringfellow's another product that's supposed to be quite good.
Regarding the frequency of changing your strings, I'll echo the same as what has already been said: for gigs/recording, use new strings for each session if you can, otherwise change them when they start going "out" - usually the high E and B strings start to lose intonation above the 12th fret.


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post May 6 2009, 02:44 PM
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I like my strings to be a little old, I dislike it when they are fresh and clean - it doesn't feel right to me^^

It depends on the maker and how often you play your guitar, the ernie balls on my guitars last one month, maybe two if I don't play that guitar too often but my elixir stings on the Ibanez RG are on there for about 8 months and they are still good!


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post May 6 2009, 02:47 PM
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It's completely down to you mate. If you prefer fresh strings then change maybe once a month or more frequently. If you like the sound of older strings then you can change every 3 months or more maybe. It's down to your personal preference. People like Eddie Van Halen for instance prefers broken in strings than fresh ones. Many wouldn't have that view and many will of course. I prefer old strings for example. Change your strings when you no longer like the sound or feel. Or when they snap tongue.gif biggrin.gif


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post May 6 2009, 03:28 PM
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How do you guys prefer old strings, tone from new strings just can`t compare with old ones. I think someone is just lazy laugh.gif VH too laugh.gif
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