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prd1

 

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String life 

I've a few guitars of varying quality (i should say price), the last one I aquired was in 2007 so they've all been with me for few years now.

Some of them seem to keep the strings fresher than others, there is one that stands out as sounding fresh as a daisy with ancient strings while I'm constantly replacing others to maintain a dynamic range in the sound (bass strings mostly). The cheapest of the lot also seems to be gentle on the strings - my own guitars seem to be somewhere in the middle.

There is no great difference in the visual deterioration of the strings around the frets.

..any ideas?

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bthartman

 

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RE: String life (in reply to prd1

Assuming you're using the same strings on all guitars, do you play them about equally?

I'm no expert on this, but I would guess that differences in scale length (resulting in slightly differing tensions) and differences in height above the frets might cause more wear on guitars that are getting more contact with the frets.
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krichards

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RE: String life (in reply to prd1

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there is one that stands out as sounding fresh as a daisy with ancient strings


That's one of the hallmarks of a good guitar I'd say.

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Ricardo

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RE: String life (in reply to prd1

Oils in your fingers are biggest factor, not the guitar. Of course humidity affects guitars tone too, more then dead strings. A nice dry guitar still sounds good...also strings more in tune sound brighter as the harmonics add up. Anyway, don't blame the guitar only. Just change the darn strings. or if you are poor, you can take basses off and put em back on, they sound like new for a while.

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eg.czerny

 

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RE: String life (in reply to prd1

Interesting observation. I also wondered about that. Of my three guitars, 2 would eat up strings at least twice as fast as the third. Same strings, same tension, same amount of play time. The biggest difference I think is that the third guitar is much heavier (and more expensive) than the first two which are very light weight. All are hand made blancas.
The other odd observation is that the more expensive heavier guitar likes expensive stings and does not reach its potential with a cheaper string.
With the lighter guitars an expensive string makes no difference and sound just as good with something like D'Addario.
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Richard Jernigan

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RE: String life (in reply to Ricardo

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ORIGINAL: Ricardo

if you are poor, you can take basses off and put em back on, they sound like new for a while.

Ricardo


When we were starving university students we used to take the basses off, soak them in a soap and water solution, scrub them a little, soak them in clear water, let 'em dry and put 'em back on. Good as new. Well, almost--until the frets started to cut into them.

In those days you could buy two or three hamburgers with french fries for the price of a set of Savarez strings. At Scholz Garten a mug of cheap ass draft beer was $0.20, $1.00 for a pitcher. It was lousy beer, but it was cheap. For the price of a set of strings, you and your date could have some knackwurst and sauerkraut and get a nice beer buzz on.

RNJ
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RE: String life (in reply to Richard Jernigan

quote:

ORIGINAL: Richard Jernigan

In those days you could buy two or three hamburgers with french fries for the price of a set of Savarez strings. At Scholz Garten a mug of cheap ass draft beer was $0.20, $1.00 for a pitcher. It was lousy beer, but it was cheap. For the price of a set of strings, you and your date could have some knackwurst and sauerkraut and get a nice beer buzz on.

RNJ

Richard, you must be almost as old as I am .

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