Thanks fellas. Sorry that it has taken me so long to respond, but the computer died. Peter, I really don't play very often these days. This guitar is usually in it's case and if I do need a guitar, there's always one lying around. I believe that the strings on it have been on there for over six years. I think that it's time for a re-string! I did take it out to a friend's house at Christmas and use it for several hours. In general though, it doesn't get much use.