How many sets of strings do you keep on hand?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by MrGibbly, Jun 14, 2019.

How many sets of strings do you keep on hand?

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  1. Zero, none, nada

    2 vote(s)
    2.2%
  2. You mean *complete* sets? Ennnnhhh...

    4 vote(s)
    4.5%
  3. 1-2 in each gauge and type I use

    13 vote(s)
    14.6%
  4. 3-5 sets

    50 vote(s)
    56.2%
  5. More than Guitar Center...

    20 vote(s)
    22.5%
  1. MrGibbly

    MrGibbly Tele-Afflicted

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    So...? How many and what's your reasoning?

    I keep 1-2 sets in each gauge and type that regularly use on my guitars. I run 10-46 NYXLs on my Gibson/PRS and 9-42 Elixirs on my Fenders. Every once in a while some odd set will make it into the drawer and sit there until it rusts in its packaging...
     
  2. Recce

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    Actually I have more than three to five sets but not more than Guitar Center. I have light and custom light for two different acoustics. 9.5 to 46 for Fender style guitars and 10s for my two Gibson’s.

    So a few more than five.
     
  3. Toadtele

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    I try to keep at least 3 sets on hand. All the same gauge. If I break a string I replace them all. And honestly I never know when a guitar is going to follow me home or a buddy will ask for a set up. I buy my strings online for the savings. I hate to buy them locally so I try to stay stocked up. But never more than 5 or six sets.
     
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    Plus one or two acoustic sets:rolleyes:
     
  5. chulaivet1966

    chulaivet1966 Tele-Afflicted

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    Howdy....

    I'm in the 3-5 demographic.
    I get down to (1) set each for my Tele and my Guild D40 and then I replenish with (4) more sets of each.
    Used to stock up more but strings aren't cheap like the 70's when I was getting (6) sets or so for 4-5$ each.
    Whew....prices have certainly changed.

    Back to topic....
     
  6. TwangBrain

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    I try to keep 1-2 backup sets + various singles in every guitar case. I buy a 10pk usually 1-2 times a year. And I buy more than a few packs a month when I'm on the road, busy writing, or out doing studio work. I guess having a good set of strings on hand could be considered the guitarists equivalent of always wearing clean underwear.
     
  7. DekeDog

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    I use 12s for hollow bodies including acoustic, 11s for semi-hollows and 10s for solids. I use flat wounds for bass and all others except my Tele, and I have duplicates for all, plus strings I don't use anymore... comes to over a dozen sets... maybe two dozen.

    I also use split sets on my LP Standard and buy those strings individually. I know this sounds absurd, esp. since I'm not a great guitarist, but who cares, really?
     
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  8. blowtorch

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    I only replace strings that break. I keep a large-ish plastic bag of assorted strings in my gig bag. The high Es are often rare, since they are the ones prone to breaking. Along with As, I guess. I think As also break often because they get played a lot. Guitar is kinda A-centric, rock n roll certainly is
     
  9. Frodebro

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    Most of my electrics are running 10-46 and I generally have a box on hand, give or take a set or two.
     
  10. Unionjack515

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    I’m a weirdo that uses the same set/gauge no matter which scale. So I order a box (12 sets I think) at a time.
     
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  11. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

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    in the 70s I got ripped off. I was just a kid trying to scrape together 8 or 9 bucks for a set of strings
     
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    I buy a 10 pack and when I get down to 3 sets I order another 10 pack. Since I’m currently only playing one guitar I get some mileage this way. When all five were in rotation it was ordering more frequently
     
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    They are always on my Xmas and B-day list, so 3-5 sets for each gauge is about right, but I never worry about not having the right set. Someday that will bite me, but it has been a reliable system for quite a few years now.

    Which reminds me, I should order a set for my newest guitar, my reso with some monster cables for strings.
     
  14. Ron R

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    I tend to break my G string. o_O
     
  15. JayFreddy

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    More than 5.

    Fewer than Guitar Center.

    I buy quality brand-name strings in bulk when they're on sale.

    In the water proof vacuum packed plastic, they should last decades.

    Why?
     
  16. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I play 150-200 gigs a year. I change strings *almost* every gig. So I keep a lot around. Usually get them by the case, when I see it’s down to 6 or so sets, I order another one.
     
  17. Milspec

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    I buy the 10-packs as well for the common string sets. Still have several single packs of various brands that I meant to try out, but never did as well. I just look for deals on ebay and when I find a cheap price, I stock up.
     
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    Strings And Beyond.

    They have semi annual sales that are pretty awesome.
     
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    I keep extra wound g strings around bec I tune them up to an A and they break sometimes.
     
  20. Treadplatedual

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    Dang stewmac keeps throwing in 3 sets for less than 10 bucks when I complete my order... So I'm set for a bit. Lol
     
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