So I broke down today...

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by memorex, Jun 23, 2019.

  1. memorex

    memorex Friend of Leo's

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    ... and changed the strings on my #1 player. I hadn't changed strings in like 18 months, but I have a gig this coming Friday, and I didn't want to have to deal with a string breakage at the gig. What amazed me is that after all this time there wasn't a single visible sign of fret wear on the stainless steel frets, not even in the Cowboy Chords area. I'll never buy another guitar or neck that doesn't have stainless frets.
     
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  2. brookdalebill

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    Go to your room, sir!
    18 months?
    Your poor guitar.
    OK, you can come out now.
    18 months?
    Sheesh!
    ;):)
     
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  3. Chunkocaster

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    Are the strings the Elixir 10's for electric?
    18 months is a long time. Normal strings would sound dead as, especially the wound strings.
    I'm surprised they didn't start uncoiling/ pitting out.

    The daddario 10's on my tele are about 3 months old and long overdue for a change.
     
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    whew! i thought you meant mentally. well, perhaps you have. ha!

    play music!
     
  5. Mike Eskimo

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    They’re going to be too bright.

    Zingy.

    Hate that .

    That said , strings after about a month of steady play are my favorite.
     
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    nojazzhere Poster Extraordinaire

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    Mine certainly aren't 18 months old (yet) but I seem to have strings last much longer than some people. Don't know if it's the lack of "something" in my hands/perspiration, but I easily play a set six to eight months typically. Sure saves on cost of strings! :)
     
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  7. Mechanic

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    My father in-law had .011 flatwounds on his Jaguar the he’ed never changed in the time I’d known him. His son still plays on those strings.
     
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    I’ve done that too, but my hands don’t sweat ,so the strings might sound a little less bright than new, but there’s still plenty of tone. I’m trying to change them more often now though ! Maybe every three to six months


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    I use to change strings often, I never played a gig with old strings.
    Now that it’s just me I go a lot longer primarily because my playing is spread across many guitars.
    I use to decide which guitars i was taking to a gig, and make sure they were 100%.
    Now there are no gigs to prepare for so I change much less often.
    Washburn sells a product called guitar juice. I used that on the back of the neck because it had such a great feel to it.
    They include a bottle of string cleaner with the guitar juice.
    I have used that to clean the strings, it gets the gunk out of wound strings and improves the tone.
    It revitalizes a wound string maybe 20%, which is fine.
    Regardless of how long I estimate that a string has been installed, once it starts to sound dull, it’s coming off.
     
  10. Milspec

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    Depends a lot on how much you bend strings as to fret wear and need to change strings frequently. If you are not a bender, they both can last a long time.
     
  11. dan1952

    dan1952 Friend of Leo's

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    Hey, wait a minute...is the OP actually Robbie Krieger?!?
     
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    My bass guitar strings have been on since 1987.
     
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    I like new strings, once they are settled into tune, but I don't change em that often.
     
  14. Stringbanger

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    18 Months!!!!!!!!

    Go over there where you belong!

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    You're supposed to change the strings?..:eek:. who knew...:D
     
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    Wait! You're telling me you can change the strings???? And you don't have to buy a whole new guitar???

    Well bugger - those guitars should come with a warning.... Whatever you do - DON'T TELL MY WIFE!!!!
     
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    My newest strings are 144 months.
     
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