I usually rotate guitars a couple times a week, so when one is getting rotated out, I change the strings so it will have a fresh set the next time it comes around in the rotation. So I guess I change strings twice a week. I love the zing and subtle brightness of new strings, it just sounds more musical to my ears (YMMV).I know that this topic has been discussed ad nauseam, but I'll give a little context for why I bring it up again.
I'm convalescing from a hip replacement, and the time off work has afforded me some serious practice time. I'm talking about probably five hours a day, seven days a week-kind of practice time.
I put new strings on my newest Tele just last week, but I feel like I'm already in need of a new set. I'm using D'addario round wound 10s with a wound 3rd. I'm practicing several Truefire lessons, and also learning a few songs, but for the most part, my practice has been isolated to two positions on the neck over the last week (the "A" position at the 5th fret and the "D" position at the 10th fret).
So, after 40 hours or so of practice, the strings have kinks in those positions, and they sound a little dead.
So I'm curious to hear from folks, especially gigging musicians who really put the hours in - how often do you change strings?
Because older strings lose their brilliance gradually, sometimes I don't notice they are duller. But I sure notice how much nicer new strings sound after changing them. Some of the bigger retailers occasionally have ridiculously good deals on 12 packs, 10 packs and even 3 packs. So I wait for those sales and stock up on strings then.