New Guitar Strings...Who Knew?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Larmo63, Dec 7, 2019.

  1. Larmo63

    Larmo63 Friend of Leo's

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    I just re-strung my Telecaster with new strings that I have avoided changing since I built it. I really just got lazy, and used to the sound.

    MUCH better tone!!!! Stupid me, I'll be a good boy and start changing them more often now that I notice such a better tone.

    How often do you change YOUR electric strings?

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  2. gridlock

    gridlock Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    When I was playing regularly in a band I’d change strings about once a month or even more frequently. Now that I own more guitars and I’ve also gotten lazy, it’s about once a year or until I can visually see that they are bad (turning black in spots).

    I bought a used SRV Strat online about 6 years ago. It sounded really bad when I got it home. Changed the dead strings and it sounded like a different (very good) guitar.
     
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  3. Dan German

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    I try to change my strings at least every three months. Generally, I forget one and it goes longer, but I like fairly new strings. I’ll usually change one each day or two over a week. My 12 string is on a 6 month cycle, because it gets played a bit less, and it’s a bigger PITA.
     
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    3 performances, 6 rehearsals. , 6 months. Whatever comes first.


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    What, you are suppose to change strings? :D
     
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    I have too many guitars & its hard to keep track, so I run my finger down the back of the D string and when I start feel notches in the winding its time
     
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    I get 2 to 3 months out of strings. I strung a new tele up with 11's the other day and it sounded great, played much the same as 10's and felt at home after a day. I had to cut them off to drill for string holes and change pickups etc and after restringing with 10's they sound weak, puny and ping.

    I'm annoyed I had just ordered a 10 pack of 10's a couple days ago and now I want 11's.

    I don't like playing on dead strings.
     
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  8. Larmo63

    Larmo63 Friend of Leo's

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    I looked back through my photos to see when I put the first set of strings on this build.

    Feb. 15th of 2019. I guess it was time.
     
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    I knew all about this I wish you had asked.

    :p
     
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  10. trev333

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    I honestly can't remember the last time I changed the strings on my house Tele...o_O

    . sounds great every time I plug in...I figure the metal is the same and the magnets are the same....

    new strings feel too rubbery to me....I like to dig in..:twisted:

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    I play them til they won't stay in tune anymore... Or break ... Love played in strings for the sound and feel ... Not so much new ones ...
     
  12. Nick Fanis

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    Every 10-12 hours of playing.
    No string lasts longer than that if TWANG in the unwound strings is imperative for your playing style

    Dead strings are the only thing I hate more than communism in life :)
     
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    I change strings on my guitars whenever they begin to sound and feel dead or dirty to me.

    I guess that = once a year.

    Some guitars that are played or gigged more get changed more often.

    To be fair, I get more mileage out of strings now that I have learned to wipe my guitars down after each playing with a soft cotton bandanna and some spray wax and Finger Ease.
    :)

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    kurtmanifest1 Tele-Meister

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    Nice looking guitar!!! What kind of neck is it?
     
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    Same, here. Plus, I generally wipe the strings with a piece of soft cotton after playing.
     
  16. beyer160

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    You just discovered the reason that so many guitar "mods" make such a radical improvement.

    Modding often involves replacing the strings when you're done, and that's what makes the change that people hear, not changing the pickguard or whatever.
     
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    I tend to be bad about changing strings also. Nice to get that zing back!
    I like to restring about a week before a gig, gives the new strings a chance to settle in;)
     
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    My Tele stays in the case now. I changed the strings and did a fresh setup several years ago, after I bought it, but I haven't had an opportunity to play it since that time.

    I play my two (2) Martin acoustic/electric's 100% of the time now. I did change the strings after I got them, which was about a year or so.
     
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    I change them a lot. Nothing like new strings.
     
  20. beyer160

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    Always a good idea, but if you stretch the strings after restringing they'll be pretty much good to go immediately. After changing the strings and tuning up, fret the string at the first fret, pull up on the string at the bridge, then run your hand along the string until you get to the nut. Do the length of string between the nut and the tuners, too.

    There are a bunch of youtube videos showing this but most of them seem to involve an inordinate amount of talking, FYI.
     
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