New vs. old strings

Brazilnut

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I like new strings. As long as I can get the bass string to twang a little, I'm happy. After they lose their ring, I get rid of em.
 

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Old strings sound horrible to me on electric guitars. It sounds like I'm playing the same guitar, but through an amp covered by a wet towel. Nothing but muddy thumps.
 

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"Rough" is probably not the best word to describe what I mean - but a new string doesn't seem to slide on the fret as well until it gets a bit of wear on it, unless it's a stainless fret, then it's slippery city from day 1.
Then that confirms its the frets.
 

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As long as they are not rusty and crusty and the windings on the wound strings are not wearing through against the frets, I am good to go.

I like certain Pure Nickels sets; Gibson Vintage Reissue and GHS Nickel Rockers or Burnished Nickels are my current favorites, as they wear great and last a very long time.

If I were gigging, I would probably just go through cases of Slinkys, but I am not, so my strings do not get drenched in sweat and blood and beer, like they used to.

There are different requirements for playing for pure joy and gigging out. So a blanket statement does not really work.

But a moderately fresh set of Pure Nickels? Sweet. Even if they are a month old.
 

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Or the Optiwebs, even less coated.
Tried those too!...these felt the best to me...but brighter/crisper sounding...I love Elixirs...and happy to string up with Polys,Nanos or Optiwebs anytime.

I live in, and my LPs are exposed to, a constant 72-85% humidity environment...so uncoated strings are just not an option for me
 

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For way to many years i just kept my strings on my guitars for as long as possible, because i thought that the dullness would translate to a darker tone - and i disliked the brightness of new strings.
Dumb me.

Ironically old cruddy strings do bring out exactly the trebly shrillness that i so desperately tried to avoid, so the longer i kept the strings on the worse it sounded...

I am with the people who say that after an hour or two of playing new strings sound great for perhaps a week or two - and afte that it is a slow decline until the point where i don't enjoy the tones from my guitars anymore
 

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I’m in the new string camp. I notice much more of an improvement in brightness with acoustic guitars. I notice less of a change on electrics. I always put new strings on the evening before or in the morning before I had a show - except that one time I didn’t - when a string snapped in the middle of a song.

I don’t play out regularly anymore, but when I do - new strings go on.
 

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I am always removing and replacing pickups and hardware, so I go through a lotta strings. I usually loosen em up and just pull the loaded tailpiece aside, but you can't always do that. So I buy my Slinkies in 3-pack bunches.
 

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I prefer fresher strings, I change them out after about 40 hours of use which is usually 3 weeks or so.
 

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It dependes on the brand. I love fresh Ernie Balls, but others brighter as D´ Addario´s needs a break in.
 

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I like fresh strings myself.
 

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I'll sell you my old strings... or I'll swap them for a brand new set.
 

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I have 9 electric guitars in regular rotation and a tenth warming the bench. ALL of the strings are technically old. They get changed out when they are "done" though. I never change the plain strings unless they break (maybe once a year, just because). The guitars live in their cases due to space and storage limitations.

The D strings wear out the fastest. The A strings next.

I buy individual strings. 30 D strings, 20 A strings, 10 E strings at a time.

Once a year I buy 10 full sets. That gives me enough plain strings for the entire year and then some.

I play an average of one hour a day. It used to be more, but I do not currently have any additional time.
 

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I don't change my strings as often as I did when I was gigging frequently...but no, I'm not a fan of old, dead strings. I play 90% of the time unplugged on electrics, and I like to be able to hear what I'm playing.
 

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For me, it’s more about how the strings feel than how they sound. I have the naturally sticky hands, or it seems that way. I don’t like when the strings get a tacky feel.
 


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