How long can i store strings?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by RoCkstAr256, Nov 26, 2019.

  1. RoCkstAr256

    RoCkstAr256 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    29
    Posts:
    2,023
    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2017
    Location:
    Poland
    I bought recenty XT Daddarios, going to put them on my Stat and Tele in December. I bought additional string in case of not getting along with Daddarios XT. I have bought Fender 350L strings to have replacement if XT will fail me or i will not like them. How long can i store unused strings? Year? Less, more?
     
  2. shupe13

    shupe13 Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    843
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2010
    Location:
    Greenfield, IN
    Years.

    Sent from my REVVLPLUS C3701A using Tapatalk
     
  3. RoCkstAr256

    RoCkstAr256 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    29
    Posts:
    2,023
    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2017
    Location:
    Poland

    I bought a few packages of Fender strings due to black week discount :p You known, just 4,99 $
     
    shupe13 likes this.
  4. r1962j

    r1962j Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    152
    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2010
    Location:
    St. Paul, MN
    I recently put on some strings that were left in my Dad's stash. I know he bought them 26 years ago. They sound...well...like new. :D As long as they aren't exposed to any extreme moisture conditions, I think they will last indefinitely.
     
  5. shupe13

    shupe13 Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    843
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2010
    Location:
    Greenfield, IN
    I'm D'ADDARIO thru and thru for decades now.

    Sent from my REVVLPLUS C3701A using Tapatalk
     
  6. RoCkstAr256

    RoCkstAr256 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    29
    Posts:
    2,023
    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2017
    Location:
    Poland
    Wow thats cool, what are those strings?
     
  7. RoCkstAr256

    RoCkstAr256 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    29
    Posts:
    2,023
    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2017
    Location:
    Poland
    Me too, i love NYXL the most. Bought Ernie ball 2 weeks ago, they feel average mate
     
    shupe13 likes this.
  8. r1962j

    r1962j Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    152
    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2010
    Location:
    St. Paul, MN
    Surprisingly they are SIT strings. Super cheap. A friend of mine was a dealer for them back then which is how I know the age of them. I think we were paying like $1.50 a set for them. :)
     
    shupe13 and RoCkstAr256 like this.
  9. rangercaster

    rangercaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    5,908
    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Location:
    portland, or
    If kept properly, years and even decades... Humidity and moisture will cause oxidation which kills them ... On the guitar or in storage ... If I see a good box deal I grab it ... Manufacturers hate to admit this fact because they want to sell new stock ..
     
    57fenderstrat and RoCkstAr256 like this.
  10. shupe13

    shupe13 Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    843
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2010
    Location:
    Greenfield, IN
    SIT were my go to in the 80s. I still have a pack or two somewhere lol.

    Sent from my REVVLPLUS C3701A using Tapatalk
     
    RoCkstAr256 and r1962j like this.
  11. 57fenderstrat

    57fenderstrat Tele-Holic

    Age:
    29
    Posts:
    512
    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2019
    Location:
    Binghamton NY
    Prob forever as long as they aren’t getting wet , like most things just keep on a cool dry place. I tend to buy strings in bulk and will have a ton on hand for a year
     
    RoCkstAr256 likes this.
  12. fendrguitplayr

    fendrguitplayr Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
    68
    Posts:
    10,337
    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2006
    Location:
    Greater Boston
    Several years if kept dry and packaged.
     
    preactor and RoCkstAr256 like this.
  13. Zuzax

    Zuzax Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,218
    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2011
    Location:
    Texas
    Your sweaty, oily fingers are your strings' worst enemy. That and humidity. That's how strings go black with time.

    Many string makers now package in vacuum-packs now (like Ernie Ball) that last for many years. So buy in bulk with no fear. If you're still worried about extra strings lingering on the shelf, just go ahead and change them. Strings are (relatively) cheap and - with very few exceptions - fresh (not necessarily "new") strings are always better than what you just took off.

    Don't sweat the small stuff...
     
    Skydog1010 and RoCkstAr256 like this.
  14. dannyh

    dannyh Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    53
    Posts:
    1,510
    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2005
    Location:
    North Texas
    Yep. I found a set of Gibson Monel acoustic strings in a pawn shop one time. They were “new” in the package but had probably been on the shelf there for at least 20 years. Great strings and “as new” as any set I’ve ever bought. Wish they still made them.
     
    RoCkstAr256 likes this.
  15. Chunkocaster

    Chunkocaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    9,725
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2018
    Location:
    In space with Ziggy
    Daddarios are in sealed bags so should stay market fresh for a long time.
     
    Skydog1010, teleplayr and RoCkstAr256 like this.
  16. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,513
    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2010
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    I probably have 20 or so left 11 gauges strings.. I bought a set of string whenever I visit malls/shops and whenever I have enough change.. at one point I had like 60.. that was like 3 years ago..
     
    RoCkstAr256 likes this.
  17. Bartholomew3

    Bartholomew3 Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,712
    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2010
    Location:
    Montreal
    Sitting in a guitar case for approx 10 years - useless. Before sealed packaging - bad intonation and corroded slightly.
     
  18. Rockinvet

    Rockinvet Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    496
    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2019
    Location:
    The Beach
    I used to buy daddario strings in bulk in the sealed packages maybe 10 or more years ago. Like 10 packs at a time. Back then if you saved the package you could get gifts!! Got a couple of stools and mugs. I changed gauges on various guitars and still have a bunch I never used. To this day when I open a package and when I install them they are close to new depending if the plastic was compromised. Even some other brands with envelopes can still be used but won’t last as long. YMMV
     
  19. SlappyDuck

    SlappyDuck Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    154
    Joined:
    May 13, 2015
    Location:
    ...
    It’s hot and humid here for most of the year. Even strings in sealed plastic packaging start to corrode in a relatively short time. I pretty much buy them as I need them.
     
  20. preactor

    preactor Tele-Holic

    Age:
    61
    Posts:
    728
    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2009
    Location:
    gainesville, ga
    I would not worry too much about those in "sealed" packages. In paper packages? No way! I think the paper would absorb any moisture and transmit that to the strings. Especially in the HUMID Southeast states.
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.