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Poll: How do you feel about new strings?

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by dirocyn, Jul 11, 2019.

How do you feel about new strings?

  1. I love brand new strings best. When they stop sounding like new strings, it's time to change them

    16 vote(s)
    32.0%
  2. I prefer strings that have broken in, after they've been on the guitar for a day.

    18 vote(s)
    36.0%
  3. I prefer strings that have broken in, after they've been on the guitar for 2 weeks

    8 vote(s)
    16.0%
  4. I prefer old strings, and never change them unless I have to.

    8 vote(s)
    16.0%
  1. davidKOS

    davidKOS still at it Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That is true - but I have discovered that I generally don't like flatwounds for guitar. But they do keep a certain tone for a LONG time.
     
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  2. Soul31

    Soul31 Strat-Talker

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    I change them when they break, unless I have a gig coming up then I change them about a week before. But I'm not particular about strings at all, I buy them on sale and don't worry about the brand too much.
     
  3. dirocyn

    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    I have a guitar that I know I haven't changed the strings on since 2016. I don't play it often, but I played it today and the strings are fine. Pretty sure those are my oldest guitar strings, but those strings have less miles on 'em than the ones on most of my guitars.

    I don't like rusty strings, when they start feeling scratchy I'll change them out. And I'll change them if I break a string or if the windings wear through.

    I've been known to keep bass strings for more than a decade.
     
  4. Martins Strat

    Martins Strat Strat-Talker

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    Another string question could be all strings off, or one at a time?

    I tend to go one at a time, unless I want to do a deep clean, maybe once every five years?!
     
  5. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I don't change them super often but "new-ish" is by far my preference. I have extraordinarily jacked up hearing and pitch is much easier for me to hear accurately on newish strings.
     
  6. albala

    albala Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    since I only change strings once a year or so, I take off all of the strings and clean up the fretboard.

    Then I re-string
     
  7. DickBanks

    DickBanks Strat-O-Master

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    Round-wound strings need a break-in play or two to get that "clangy metal" sound out of them.

    Flats sound best right out of the box, and slowly get dull sounding.
     
  8. Nate D

    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member

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    I stretch the heck outta my strings, so I love new strings. After I stretch them, there's no significant stretching that occurs.

    I also don't have sweaty hands so my strings last a lot.
     
  9. CigBurn

    CigBurn Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    My personal experience has been that lighter gauge strings like 9's have more shimmer when new, but go dead and need replacing more often. Since moving to 11's I've found they stay tone-consistent longer and thus last longer for me in general. I have no problems with sweat corrosion or anything so that is a plus in my case as well.

    IME/YMMV
     
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