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jester's picture
Ripon, CA
Jul 2008
2 years ago

How often do you change them?
Do you change all of them when you do?
Do you mix and match brands/weights?

I have been on my original strings for about 9 months and I can see where some of them 'wearing'. I don't know if I should replace them. How do you know when to replace them, other than snapping them of course.

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davido's picture
La Grange, Texas
Oct 2007
Today
Originally Posted by jester

How often do you change them?
Do you change all of them when you do?
Do you mix and match brands/weights?

I have been on my original strings for about 9 months and I can see where some of them 'wearing'. I don't know if I should replace them. How do you know when to replace them, other than snapping them of course.

LOL, yes you need to replace them, depending on how much you play at least every few weeks..you will surprise how much better your guitar sounds...they do go flat etc even if they don't feel worn out..if you have a fender, change them one string at a time...
heres what I do, put the string through the bridge etc... wrap the string at least 3 X's around the post BEFORE you thread it, this causes the string to bind, (pull up) and it keep them from slipping too...I bend them to the side before i cut them ,this keeps you from poking yerself :) before you tune your NEW strings pull up on the string a couple of times and stretch it, you do not have to pull far and inch or so..
then tune to normal..they will stretch for a day or two so you'll have to re-tune..
I make sure I'm in tune before I play every time..try and get into the habit of wiping the strings down (100% cotton) before you put it up...

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daddy's picture
Central California
Aug 2007
Today

Great advice Davido! Also try to NEVER mix and match strings. Find a set you are comfortable with and stick with it. The biggest reason being that if you change up brands and gauges you will start cutting away at your nut or bridge grooves causing either pinching or slipping.

Also not changing your strings often effects your overall intonation because the more dirt that gets on the string changes it's weight, balance and tonal qualitys.

Now, for me, I like the sound of my strings right when they start to get a little worn in with some good ole chicken grease, dirt, boogers!!! LOL. I don't like the sound when they are brand new...to tinny for me. On the other hand for accoustic guitars I love the sound of brand new strings.

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kaicho8888's picture
San Francisco
Oct 2008
12 hours ago

Nine months sounds way too long.

Generally change before gigging or anywhere between one week to two weeks depending on how much you play your guitar. Strings go flat, dull, and the intonation is off. Plus, depending what kind of music you play...changing often minimizes string breakage.

To make changing quicker, I loosen all strings and snip all the strings off. This makes cleaning the fretboard much easier.

Here is one from D'Addario showing how to bend back the string to lock in place at the pegs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rhdxCECcl4

Here's a rather lenghty episode on Youtube by Gibson...the guy is the guitar tech for KISS. This link is only 1 or 7 Parts, but watch the first and the remaining six are shown to the right "Related Videos". It can also put you to sleep...LOL.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k30WwLi1cQ0

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jester's picture
Ripon, CA
Jul 2008
2 years ago

Thanks for the replies guys. I bet I am only actually playing 3-4 hours a week. So I wouldn't say they under heavy use. I am kinda sketchy about replacing the strings myself though.

I will check out the vid you posted kaicho8888, thanks

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davido's picture
La Grange, Texas
Oct 2007
Today
Originally Posted by jester

Thanks for the replies guys. I bet I am only actually playing 3-4 hours a week. So I wouldn't say they under heavy use. I am kinda sketchy about replacing the strings myself though.

Thanks Daddy, its never occured to me to mix strings...

I will check out the vid you posted kaicho8888, thanks

you gotta learn sometime, its not that hard..
I can string a gibson type in 5 minutes if that long...Fenders take a little longer cuz I (ME) restring the damn thing one string at a time..also there is no hair on the back of my gee-tar so it hard to get the string all the way through that little holes,
KP will have sumthin to say about this I'm sure :)

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Donut's picture
Southern California
Dec 2007
2 years ago

i usually replace them about once a month. i use rotosounds and put those through a lot of punishment.

i dont wipe them down as much as i should. i guess i get kinda lazy haha.

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Deathscaller's picture
South Florida
Nov 2007
1 year ago

lol i usually end up restringing em once one breaks. like i was playing at a gig last week, and i guess it was a good thing that my high E string broke in the middle of a chili pepper song, cuz it was are last song.

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guitars's picture
Rhode Island
Apr 2008
7 months ago

I hate to change strings.Daddys rite there alittle twagy at first. I don't get much time to play so when i pick up my guitar i want to pley not change strings. So my strings stay on longer than they should.

guitars's picture
Rhode Island
Apr 2008
7 months ago
Originally Posted by kaicho8888

Nine months sounds way too long.

Generally change before gigging or anywhere between one week to two weeks depending on how much you play your guitar. Strings go flat, dull, and the intonation is off. Plus, depending what kind of music you play...changing often minimizes string breakage.

To make changing quicker, I loosen all strings and snip all the strings off. This makes cleaning the fretboard much easier.

Here is one from D'Addario showing how to bend back the string to lock in place at the pegs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rhdxCECcl4

Here's a rather lenghty episode on Youtube by Gibson...the guy is the guitar tech for KISS. This link is only 1 or 7 Parts, but watch the first and the remaining six are shown to the right "Related Videos". It can also put you to sleep...LOL.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k30WwLi1cQ0

Man thats a nice Custom. Thats how i lock my strings. I noticed he on ly had one wrap on the string. There should two or three wraps. Has anyone ever seen BB Kings guitar strings. He puts the whole string on.

KP11520's picture
May 2008
3 weeks ago

"KP will have sumthin to say about this I'm sure" (davido)

Yep! I'm with daddy, I like boogers on my strings too and ESPECIALLY on my Acoustic.

I have had it since 2001 and only used Elixirs (12s). I hate them for anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks but finally they get tame and I love them.

The last luthier I just got it back from used different strings. He used D'addario 80/20 Bronze 12s and I don't like them. It may take months of boogers, punanni protein, Pollo Frito, etc., for me to even begin to like them and by then they will be over due for replacement! Who cares if they are 1/3 the cost! They cost too much of my enjoyment! My acoustic has a Cedar top and plays a bit brighter than most, so boogers are a must, but when they are ENCRUSTED with just the right amount, nothing is sweeter. Back to the Elixirs.:cool:

Now as far as not replacing your own strings. Flock That! (with sheep of course!):eek:

Nothing and I mean nothing could be easier. There are so many guides on the Internet to help you through it. C'mon jester, say you can do it!

I know you can! Repeat this line to yourself, "I can change my own strings. It is a piece of CAKE!" Over and over!

Speaking of "Cake", has VB done any more of their songs?:confused:

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