- Apr 25, 2020
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I change strings when they break or when they start to look nasty.
Politucs?I go through a lot of strings on setup for the guitars I build. And I include a new spare set along with the strings that are already on the guitars I ship.
I do this because they are dirt-cheap, and people like them.
I use the house brand for Musician's Friend.
Something like $2.29 per pack. I've had great reviews on them, as well as customers asking me where they can get the strings I supply. This is why I started including an extra set.
Musician's Gear Strings, 10-46
$2.29 per pack, and free shipping, even on small orders!
I'm exactly the same. If I let it go and keep strings on for a third gig, they WILL break....but I have acidic sweat and I do beat the shit out of them.I can get 2 gigs out of a set usually, unless it’s a summer outdoor gig in the heat. That usually kills a set after one show.
I got a bad string from Pyramid once too. They immediately replaced the entire set. I wouldn’t avoid them because of one string glitch. I mean, I get it, but Pyramids are the best strings out there, hands down. They last forever and have a feel and sound you just don’t get with other strings IMO. The Gibson Vintage Reissues are my 2nd favorite.That's what everyone says, but my experience soured me on them.
Ever though of trying flatwound or semi-flatwound sets?This is has always been conflicting for me personally. More on that in a second.
As for how often I change mine out... once the unwound strings lose that slick smooth feeling, or begin to feel kind of sharpish when fingering chords, like abrasive, I either replace them, or think about replacing them often until I cave and do so.
However, when it comes to wound strings, especially the E and A, the sound they produce when they begin to die, until they are in fact dead, that numb thuddy tone, has always been an object of my affection. I always miss that tone when I put new wound strings on and that bright, buzzy new wound string sound returns. Hence my conflict in changing sets.
Because of this there have been times where I would only replace the G/B/e unwound strings, but now days, I mostly do it all at once.
Used to be Slinky Hybrids, now days Daddario, and always hybrid sets 9-46 or 10-52.
But the suggestion on the rear of that Gibson package seems pretty advantageous to me, at least for the average non-gigging shredders.