Who hates new strings?

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Asmith, Aug 6, 2019.

How fresh do you like your strings?

  1. Fresh and metallic

    47 vote(s)
    46.5%
  2. Mellowed

    45 vote(s)
    44.6%
  3. Very old (oxidised and covered in crud)

    5 vote(s)
    5.0%
  4. No preference

    2 vote(s)
    2.0%
  5. Other

    2 vote(s)
    2.0%
  1. Asmith

    Asmith Friend of Leo's

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    I just modified my Epiphone Rivera, new neck pickup. I wound a strat style pup and put it inside a firebird cover and baseplate (show and tell over). :D

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    Its been about 2 months since a string change so it was overdue. So I put new strings on while changing the pickup and now I'm in the annoying phase where the guitar sounds really metallic. Dont get me wrong my preference isnt dead strings, I even find that pure nickel strings sound very dead from day one. I use D'addario 9-42 nickel wounds and I just cant wait until they mellow a bit.

    I know I'm not alone and this thread is nothing new but I thought it would be interesting to take a poll.
     
  2. Controller

    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Two months? The shine isn't even off of them at that point!

    How about two years, once they settle in.
     
  3. Steve 78

    Steve 78 Friend of Leo's

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    I rarely change my strings. I like the sound of 'fresh and metallic' strings but they dull after a few days. I don't have the time or money to change my strings every few days :lol: so I'll stick with old strings unless I am doing a studio recording (which I haven't done for a few years).
     
  4. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

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    Love 'em on acoustics, not so much on electrics.
    I used to boil my new electric strings in water to get rid of that brassyness, but then again I used to read a lot of guitar magazines...
     
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  5. RottenTheCat

    RottenTheCat Tele-Meister

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    I change strings every so often. When I notice the snap is gone.

    New strings are a joy, if you string 'em right on the pegs, and pull em a bit to relieve the "stretch".

    Right now, I'm trying different gauges and brands, so its 2 weeks at most for a set of stings, and I'm playing for an hour every other night (on average).
     
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  6. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Friend of Leo's

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    Never been a big issue with me really -
    whether it is acoustic or electric.

    (NOTE: once I figured out my fave brands/alloy/gauge, which you do over a long time as you wanna try stuff out... and how they sound and feel on fingertips and picks....)

    My strings always follow a predictable course as to how my guitars will sound, based on MY playing ( I mean here, it's very personal- how you play the guitar, really shapes how strings sound and last, stay in tune, you can't generalize)

    -String are bright really just for one gig or say a few days of casual home playing.

    - lose the metallic edge and develop a nice full tone, hold their tuning, stay clean, for either 2-3 more gigs, or a few weeks of home play. ( humid gigs, strings last 1 gig!)

    - THEN, strings get changed- I know they can last longer, but just to keep things fresh, I change. Never break strings.
     
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  7. dreamingtele

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    I am exactly in the same camp..

    I also like fresh new strings, feels like the guitar is new all over again.. kind of like fresh brand new socks, feels good..
     
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  8. whoanelly15

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    I put 11’s on my Jag and Tele (recently 10-52 on the Tele). For those, I don’t mind newish strings, but they’re better like 3-4 days later. My Strat, for which I recently tried 9-46, is basically unplayable for at least a day after a string change.

    I’ll take door “mellow”, Bob.

    That said, they last me probably 4-6 months each. Also, that guitar is beautiful.
     
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  9. brookdalebill

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    I like em’ fresh, and ringing, por favor!
     
  10. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Friend of Leo's

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    I swear I love changing guitar strings, cleankng things up/ tweaking anything( nothing too precise) and then ' playing in' the new strings- it's an intimate connection for me.
    ABC :
    " Always be playing!"
     
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  11. Vibrolux59

    Vibrolux59 TDPRI Member

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    Legendary bass player, Carol Kaye used to trade her P bass in every couple of years to get new strings. My oldest P Bass has had the same strings on it for over 20 years but rarely gets played. It's due. I have a couple of jazz boxes with really old (at least 5 years) flatwounds on and they sound like they should. The often played guitars get changed regularly. I'll usually change strings on Les Pauls as soon as they start sounding dull, the Strats and Teles that I play all the time about a month + or -. When I was gigging once a week. Acoustics fairly often, always for recording.
     
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  12. Chunkocaster

    Chunkocaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    I like em a couple days old.
     
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  13. Chief101

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    My oils don’t gunk up or oxidize my strings. I can keep strings on my guitars for months before I need to change them. I don’t like brand new strings. Few days to a few months old works for me.
     
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  14. NewKid

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    Hate is such an ungrateful word for the blessing of new strings.
     
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  15. mexicanyella

    mexicanyella Tele-Holic

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    Love new strings (D’Addario .011-.049) on my solid body guitars. Ptwang!

    Hate ‘em on my P-type bass though. So much so that I use flatwound strings on it now. More thump, less rattly gank.
     
  16. pixeljammer

    pixeljammer Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Bright! Jangly!
    New strings have no chill.
     
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  17. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Tele-Meister

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    Mine don't live long enough to be an issue. Although "worn in" is my personal preference, I'm lucky to get a band practice and a gig with one set. Ten hours at most.
     
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  18. Frontier9

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    I don't hate' em... don't like 'em much, tho.
     
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    I get just a touch of fret fuzz on brand new ones. Need to smash em down for an hour or so.
     
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  20. dreamingtele

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    Exactly! I'm always tweaking action, pickup heights, anything to make it play better when changing strings.. like zen moment, I find peace in re-stringing LOL.. , but once dialed in, a fresh set of strings feels good!
     
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