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flyeogh

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String purchase 

Just placed an order for guitar strings. The confirmation of despatch email says:

“Now what? Well, may we suggest perusing our site? Click here, no one has to know.”

The final phrase suddenly had me feeling guilty. OK I can never resist trying
a new type of string in addition to my normal, and orders tend to creep up to
over a hundred pounds before I know it, but should I feel guilty????

After all I did resist buying a new capo (only due to the fact it was out of stock).
And I did buy some single strings to use up the odds and 5ods in the draw.

My previous hobby was scuba diving (not great for the nails). Now we are talking
real expense. I worked out that a 40 min dive was costing over 120 pounds!!!

Obviously, it is different if you are a pro (guitar player). When I see a set of strings
at more than 25 pounds it makes me shudder. But do other hobbyists keep their
buys secret or feel guilty (I’m assuming that no one is starving their kids).

What is your annual string budget?

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mrstwinkle

 

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RE: String purchase (in reply to flyeogh

Sales psychology is fascinating. Like all the diet foods proclaiming they're 'sin free'.

Strings £2.50 a set Alice AC130H. Tried pricier brands and benefit is negligible so might as well save the money and change them a bit more often.
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jalalkun

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RE: String purchase (in reply to flyeogh

i used to buy a set of Luthier 20 every month. they wore out quite fast on my classical. my new one sounds great even with strings that are 3 months old, with regular playing. right now i'm not changing strings very often because i'm not gigging as much as I used to about 2 years ago. might change when i'm back in the game though

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Ricardo

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RE: String purchase (in reply to flyeogh

I always drop $100+ on string orders, usually last me 3-5 months. I used to experiment more and sure it cost a lot. But somehow all my guitars end up with old strings on at any given time!

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 22 2019 17:05:06
 
jalalkun

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RE: String purchase (in reply to flyeogh

how long does it take you to smash down a set? or do you change basses multiple times while keeping the trebles?

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 22 2019 20:46:16

Piwin

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RE: String purchase (in reply to flyeogh

Sometimes I try out more expensive sets but usually I stick with Daddario EJ44 or La Bella 820. Around 7 euros a full set IIRC. When they start sounding dull, I just take them off and put them back on and they're good to go. I change full sets maybe once every 2 or 3 months depending on how much I'm playing. Then you throw in replacement strings (I'll probably replace the G string due to breakage at least once or twice before changing the full set). Dunno, I probably don't go much higher than 50 euros a year.

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Goldwinghai

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RE: String purchase (in reply to flyeogh

I spent $207 on strings in the last twelve months with one third of that was gift for friends. The black La Bella black nylon strings seem last forever. I used 2 sets of bass strings for every set of treble.
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rombsix

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RE: String purchase (in reply to Goldwinghai

I change my strings once every couple of years. I've perfected the technique of being a guitarist who does not ruin strings: I never practice...

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 23 2019 5:26:00
 
Ricardo

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RE: String purchase (in reply to Piwin

quote:

I'll probably replace the G string due to breakage at least once or twice before changing the full set)


Certainly you mean the D string????

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 23 2019 17:21:19
 
JasonM

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RE: String purchase (in reply to rombsix

Ramz

Hey we have it lucky. Violin strings are like $60 for a decent set right?
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 23 2019 19:31:02

Piwin

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RE: String purchase (in reply to Ricardo

No, it's G alright. And I know it's nothing wrong with the instrument (not a sharp bridge or anything like that) because I have the same problem with any guitar (at least classical/flamenco). So it's definitely me that's the problem.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 23 2019 21:25:02
 
flyeogh

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RE: String purchase (in reply to Piwin

piwin that seems strange to me. I have a glut of G strings (keep it clean folks ) as not sure I've ever broken one. and D'Addario used to offer two different G-Strings per set. Don't know if they still do.


I used to break many high Es but I seem to have resolved that. Maybe a rough nut or bridge. Although logically maybe high-Es should break more easily?

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 24 2019 3:26:52

Piwin

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RE: String purchase (in reply to flyeogh

The ones with 2 G strings are the composite sets. You get 1 nylon G and 1 composite G. But with the basic EJ44, you just get 1 G string. I know I've tried the composites and decided against them, but tbh I don't even remember what it was that I didn't like about them. Since they're supposed to be more resistant and keep their tone longer, it'd make sense to use that. Maybe I'll have to give them another try one of these days.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 24 2019 6:16:57
 
Ricardo

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RE: String purchase (in reply to Piwin

Weird. I’ve got so many extras I use them for cejillas cuz they almost never break.

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