Why no expiry (or manufacturing) date on strings packs?

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  1. homesick345

    homesick345 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I'm sure we all went through this. Open & install a new pack of strings, only to notice the small rust spots - so infuriating

    Shouldn't strings bear a date of some sort - so we know?

    That would be real helpful. (if some companies do it, it would be great to know as well)
     
  2. kidmeatball

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    Take them back to the shop you got them from. If they don't give you a replacement pack, stop shopping there.
     
  3. homesick345

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    Yes - I'm sure some responsible shops would do that

    Nevertheless; I think it would be easier for everybody to know how fresh (or old) your strings are.

    I mean yo see it on almost everything. To me, this should be a no-brainer, but well...
     
  4. Boyd

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    Why no expiration date? Probably because they think you wouldn't buy them if you knew how old they are. And there are no government regulations requiring them to mark the packages. :p
     
  5. Blue

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    Just don't eat them :lol:
     
  6. studio

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    Exactly.

    Strings don't go bad, people do!
     
  7. homesick345

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    Exactly what I was thinking.

    And it's not only food that has expiry dates on it. Many many things do, & strings should be on top of the list.

    People need to understand that in some climates, they rust fast, shelf life is limited. And no I don't want to run back to the store in the middle of changing guitar strings, nor inspect each & every string before installing it.

    :rolleyes:
     
  8. Paul G.

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    D'addarios come in nice sealed plastic envelopes. Never unsealed one with tarnish or rust.

    The ones in paper envelopes, not so much.

    P.
     
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    True - D'addario has made this effort; & I sure try to use them when I can (not always available)
     
  10. Steve 78

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    +1 never had an issue. (Although I use ernie balls now).
     
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    ....some people will argue that rusty strings enhance tone....
     
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    Not had this problem in years with modern sealed packs.

    Climate might be a factor.
     
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    Martin recently started packaging their acoustic strings in a sealed mylar envelope instead of a box during the past year. Have gotten rusty strings from them before when they were in a box, so this should help.

    Not really much you can do about this though. What would be the incentive for a company to voluntarily label their strings? Smaller music stores would carry an even smaller inventory because it takes them longer to sell.

    And getting the government involved with regulating guitar strings would be ridiculous.
     
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    I've had rusty strings and wondered about date stamping. However, most manufacturers seem to be going to sealed packaging, so it is becoming a non-problem. If it was causing me serious aggro, I would avoid makes that didn't have modern packaging - natural selection in action.
     
  15. red57strat

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    Is there a lot number or code? You can contact the manufacturer if there is and maybe find out how old they are.
     
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