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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Stanford Guitar, Sep 19, 2020.
I figure over my years of playing guitar I've gone through about 2000 sets of strings.
In 53 years.
I shudder to think.
I like new, fresh strings.
I’ve had income to buy them since I was 12.
I’ve also done countless repairs and set ups while working for music stores and pawn shops.
I’ll play it safe.
A lot ... I have lost count ...
i wouldn't have any way to estimate, but probably a lot less than most players. i usually only change strings when i break one, but sometimes i just replace the single broke string and go on. i do like the sound of new strings, but it only lasts a little while. my task is to make it sound good with whatever.
counting all the broken strings I had as a kid,........ many .............22 guitars now, many plus lots!
I usually will buy a gross of strings , 10 sets at all times acoustic ,10 sets at all times. electric , 10 pack nylon , and I keep at least 3 sets of bass strings on hand
I used to save all my ball ends when I was a teenager. Had several feet worth. Left them at this chicks house. Didn’t end well. Really think she would have killed me if she ever saw me again.
Started to save them again 10-12 years ago. Probably have 10-12 feet now. This hippie guy down at the farmers market says he’ll barter some veggies for them. He makes jewelry out of them. Sounded good but once the covid hit my lady started a garden. Now I’m so inundated with veggies I damn near poop salsa. Guess I’ll hold onto them.
Anyway, I’ve been through a lot of strings in my time.
Doing some 'rough math' :
- I change ( All) strings on 2 gigging guitars ( say, one electric, one acoustic) on say, an average, every two weeks, so that's 52 sets total, right?
And say another 20 sets for my 'at home' acoustic ( that gets played daily) whose strings gets changed every few weeks as well.
So 72 sets per year X many years now
I know 5 things for sure:
- I change strings very often
-I know I change strings more often than I need to
- I have my favorite/go-to brands and alloys that I always come back, despite trying out something new
- related to last point- if I don't like the way a new string ( brand/alloy) sounds or feels right away ( no more than a few minutes of play) they come right off!
I know I may blow a few $$, but it's OK
- I actually ENJOY changing strings!
- I never break strings anymore
( probably because of the above and maybe good right hand technique too)
In the 54 or do years I’ve been playing it definitely would be in the thousands. When I was regularly giggling it was two sets every week. 50 weeks x 2 sets = 100 sets a year x 6 strings per set = 600 strings a year. 3.5 years every Friday night = 350 sets or 2,100 strings
Strings are sort of a “cost of doing business” thing for guitar players
I've been playing for 35 years, and I have gone through so many guitars that I can't even remember. There is no telling how many sets of strings I have used.
I go through so many, that I recently ordered 2 six packs, and while waiting for them to arrive, I found a dozen sets I forgot about in a closet, before the new ones arrived.
Are you supposed to change them?!
Not really. Besides the thing was in tune when you bought it, right?
Tune? What are you talking about? I have to play it for it to make a tune!
I have 8 guitars and haven't changed strings since 2007.
bwaahhaaaaaaaa..... still on my first set
Scott Grove kept a set of elixir strings on his guitar for over a decade
Over 45 years of playing and performing.
I can't even begin to guess how many sets of strings.
I don't know.
May as well ask how many gallons of gasoline I have pumped into various cars, trucks, and vans that transported us to and from.
Or how many wrong notes or chords I accidently hit while gigging. (numerous)
Or how many times I kept on playing and smiling cheerfully at the audience after hitting those wrong notes and chords. (every single time)
It's all good.
After 60+ years playing and currently owning 30+ guitars, It would probably be safe to say I've been through millions of strings, and still counting.
Not as many as someone might think.
I have no idea, but I know it's fewer than the number of sheets of toilet paper I've gone through in my lifetime.
Seriously though, I'm also one of those people who only changes strings when I need to so in my case the answer would be as few sets as I've been able to get away with.