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Unread 06-02-2012, 05:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does playing with crusty strings increase fret wear?

To the point where the three highest strings are black.
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Re: Does playing with crusty strings increase fret wear?

Change them.
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Re: Does playing with crusty strings increase fret wear?

it's not good for the guitar and it's not good for you, i can't slide when my strings become crusty.
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Re: Does playing with crusty strings increase fret wear?

well, when they're new, the plain strings feel silky smooth. when they're rusty they feel coarse, kinda like sandpaper. i wouldn't be surprised if they actually scraped the frets more heavily than fresh strings.
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Re: Does playing with crusty strings increase fret wear?

Yes they are, I once play a set of strings for 4 months and find the frets are all rough just like some kids scrape it with sand paper
Replace your string after 2 months at most, your hand and your guitar will be thankful
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Re: Does playing with crusty strings increase fret wear?

I never let mine get that bad and change them as soon as they start to sound "dull", usually about every three-four weeks or so. Sometimes less, depending on how busy the band is (I'm tarnished with really sweaty hands at gigs). I do clean and lube them after ever gig and "heavy practice" to prelong the string life, which also helps them keep that bright sound. I found when I wasn't looking after my strings, I was breaking them much more often.

I recommend you change them which I'm sure your ears will prefer too
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Re: Does playing with crusty strings increase fret wear?

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To the point where the three highest strings are black.
Well of course it does. It also increases wear and gunk build-up on your fingerboard and not to mention what it does to your fingers. Do you have green mold behind your frets too?

You can pick up a set of new strings at Best Buy for $3.79.

Give that poor guitar a break and put some new strings on it, and change your underwear while your at it.
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Well of course it does. It also increases wear and gunk build-up on your fingerboard and not to mention what it does to your fingers. Do you have green mold behind your frets too?

You can pick up a set of new strings at Best Buy for $3.79.

Give that poor guitar a break and put some new strings on it, and change your underwear while your at it.
In Australia a pack of Ernie ball coated strings are $23
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In Australia a pack of Ernie ball coated strings are $23
Tell you what else i noticed when I was there; the beer is mega expensive compared to here in the UK...
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In Australia a pack of Ernie ball coated strings are $23
Ouch! I see your dilemma.

The MSRP for them here is around $17, but I've never bothered with coated strings (or any strings priced that high). What would just a standard set of EBs or GHS Boomers cost there?

Check out this site. I don't know if the shipping charges would work out to a better deal or not, but he has pretty good prices for 10 sets or more.

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In Australia a pack of Ernie ball coated strings are $23
I don't want to live there
How about find some local string brand? I'm sure it won't be as expensive
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Ouch! I see your dilemma.

The MSRP for them here is around $17, but I've never bothered with coated strings (or any strings priced that high). What would just a standard set of EBs or GHS Boomers cost there?

Check out this site. I don't know if the shipping charges would work out to a better deal or not, but he has pretty good prices for 10 sets or more.

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Ooo standard Ernie Balls for $3??? Thats good. Are those Cobalt ones worth $10?
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Buy srings by the 10 pack or case to save money.
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Re: Does playing with crusty strings increase fret wear?

I can't believe it. I have a list of useless questions that I hope never get asked, but probably will. One of them was "Is it okay to play with rusty strings".
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Re: Does playing with crusty strings increase fret wear?

It does. I have an extremely bad pH problem. I was pretty much born to destroy guitar strings, gold plating, and tarnish the hell out of frets. Back before the Elixir Plated Plain sets, I used to go through a set of Daddarios every 3 days. I used to just buy the 25 set bulk packs in the cardboard dispenser because it was faster and cheaper than buying even the 10 set boxes. On the guitars I played the most, it absolutely showed increased fret wear.

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It's called verdigris, btw. It's not mold. It's a particular kind of corrosion. Wash hands before playing, wipe down strings, use those snake oil string oils...none of it helped.
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Re: Does playing with crusty strings increase fret wear?

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To the point where the three highest strings are black.
Don't be lazy.
Can't be good for the fretboard either--especially if it's an unfinished board.

How often you change your strings will depend on your skin and body chemistry (Some people exude oils or sweat, etc that kills strings--most of us don't do it to an extreme, but even the driest skin will kill a string eventually) as well as how often you play and how often you clean your hands and strings.

If you wipe your strings after you play that will help as well.


My skin is dry, I have more than one guitar and I'm not gigging, so my strings will last longer, but they get changed well before they get gunked up.

If cost is an issue, don't use coated strings.
Some people love them, but I wonder how often the extra cost pays for itself with fewer string changes and fewer sets bought.
That may work out for some, but not all.
I don't use them, because I don't like the feel of them.
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In Australia a pack of Ernie ball coated strings are $23
That's still less than what a fret dressing (or a re-fret) will cost you. Are there other strings that are cheaper there? I'm getting D'Addario 9s for $3.00 a set if I buy them in 10 packs off Amazon. Might be worth investing in a bulk purchase, perhaps going in on it with another guitarist that uses the same string and gauge?
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Re: Does playing with crusty strings increase fret wear?

Wipe them down before and after you play and they won't get crusty. Wash you hands before you play as well. String changes are not based on months...its hours of use and conditions. 4 months if you rarely play and 4 gigs if your sweat is really acidic. You'll know when your ready if your tone is sucking or can't keep them in tune.

Crusty strings are not going to increase or decrease fret life. Want to minimize fret wear? Quit playing guitar

Don't worry about fret wear...it is going to happen on every guitar sans stainless steel frets

Have you perhaps thought to do a google search for beginner guitar basics and maintenance? or buy a book on it? one search could possible eliminate multiple threads here with the simple basic questions.
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Another vote for yes it will wear your frets faster...
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Re: Does playing with crusty strings increase fret wear?

Eat the crusty parts off. It'll be fine.
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Eat the crusty parts off. It'll be fine.
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Hey OP, have you thought of going the EVH route and boiling the strings? They will still be stretched and dead spots won't go away, but the crud will dissipate and they will regain a little brightness.

I would never suggest this unless you are really having $ issues, and wiping them down after playing might be a better, less frustrating route.
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Wipe them down before and after you play and they won't get crusty. Wash you hands before you play as well. String changes are not based on months...its hours of use and conditions. 4 months if you rarely play and 4 gigs if your sweat is really acidic. You'll know when your ready if your tone is sucking or can't keep them in tune.

Crusty strings are not going to increase or decrease fret life. Want to minimize fret wear? Quit playing guitar

Don't worry about fret wear...it is going to happen on every guitar sans stainless steel frets
+1. I always wipe my strings and guitar neck down after I play. It keeps the strings and neck from getting gummed up. If I gig I usually put fresh strings on often. If just playing for fun or jamming with friends I go by feel, tone and just how they look. I personally don't really keep to a certain time frame.

As far as crusty strings IMO that means it's automatically time to change.
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Re: Does playing with crusty strings increase fret wear?

If you aren't breaking your G sting by the nut every week or two, you aren't playing with it enough.
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If you aren't breaking your G sting by the nut every week or two, you aren't playing with it enough.
Not sure if this is a sexual reference or not...

If you mean the guitar string typically used for the G and the nut at the end of the fretboard, then you are doing something wrong with your guitar. Seek a guitar tech, you shouldn't break a string every week.

If you mean the women's undergarment and the nut is your... well... anatomy, seek a psychiatrist immediately for counseling.
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You should use them for floss when they get that grimy.
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In Australia a pack of Ernie ball coated strings are $23
If you buy them for that price,you're as inane as your threads.
I buy 10 x XL110's for $30.
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