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(@margaret)
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I know this is more of a Guitar Maintenance topic, but other beginners like me might not be aware of the importance of replacing strings, so I'm posting it here.

I finally got the factory-installed strings replaced on my electric, and WOW what a difference! I'm in love all over again. If your strings are old, I recommend getting a new set right away. You'll be glad you did. :D

Margaret

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Margaret,
I don't have an electric, but on my accoustic it makes a big difference, like getting a new guitar everytime you change them.


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(@bennett)
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I was pretty blown away the first time I replaced my strings on the acoustic. Couldn't believe the difference. :)

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Just read my thread -'Put new strings..wow '


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(@margaret)
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gene wrote: like getting a new guitar everytime you change them.

It IS!

Being a newbie, I was too afraid to try changing the strings myself, which is why I put it off. Finally asked for help from my guitar teacher (we spent some lesson time doing it because I didn't want to impose on his free time), and I think I would attempt it myself the next time.

I'm definitely going to get one of those little black peg turners like he used.

Margaret

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And when I'm feelin' blue, the guitar's comin' through to soothe me ~


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Rahul wrote: Just read my thread -'Put new strings..wow '

Rahul,

Do you remember which forum your string thread was on? I glanced through but didn't find it. Thanks!

Margaret

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Yup.. I change mine at least once a month, sometimes more if I play more on just one guitar.

:)

Gotta luv that new string smell..errr sound. :)

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Rahul wrote: Just read my thread -'Put new strings..wow '

Rahul,

Do you remember which forum your string thread was on? I glanced through but didn't find it. Thanks!

Margaret

I am not Rahul but I will pretend I am him. The thread is HERE

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Which reminds me, I should do it again... Only takes about 15 minutes, but makes hours of difference... I have a stack of strings that I try and make notes as to playability and sound so I dial in the correct thickness and brand... Seem to like the D'Addario bronze lately...

I'll only be down there (in the basement practicing) for a couple of minutes or so...
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Thanks for the link, Geoooooooo. oops.

I used to be skeptical that we actually need new strings so often. I figured that was just a "gourmet" kind of attitude and a waste of money. Now I'm a believer! 8)

Margaret

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By the time you're ready to change your old strings they are pretty dead. They sound dead. When you put new ones on they are crisp as can be. Did I mention loud, too? That's why it seems like such a difference. Your ears are comparing your dead ones with shiny new ones. I personally don't like the sound of new strings until I've played on them a few days. They get stretched and retuned lots by then and they're more mellow. It is pretty funny how loud new strings are. I play electric but I'll play unplugged walking around the living room and can hear the sound bouncing off the walls.

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I hate new strings on electrics - far too jangly and 'nice' for rocking out with. :)

The sound I'm after I can get from my electrics by using 10-52 gauge strings, tuning down a step (Eb to Eb), and just ramp up the treble a little to compensate for the extra bass that old strings kick out. (One is very heavy wood and very thick, the other is a shorter scale - both 'need' the jangliness reduced.) I start to get that sound after the strings have been on there for a couple of weeks, it's perfect after a month, lasting for a few months and then they need replacing after about 6 months or so. Personal preference I guess

On my electro acoustic I prefer newer strings, although for the first week or so they're still too jangly for me...

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Thanks for the link, Geoooooooo. oops.

Margaret

You are sooooooo welcome.

I really need to change my strings on both my acoustics. To tell you the truth, I really stink at changing strings and have only been successful once. I usually end up taking it back to the guitar shop. When I had an electric I changed them all the time but it seems so much harder on my acoustic guitars.

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Thanks for the link, Geoooooooo. oops.

Margaret

You are sooooooo welcome.

I really need to change my strings on both my acoustics. To tell you the truth, I really stink at changing strings and have only been successful once. I usually end up taking it back to the guitar shop. When I had an electric I changed them all the time but it seems so much harder on my acoustic guitars.

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(@margaret)
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it seems so much harder on my acoustic guitars

Agreed! I changed the strings on an acoustic once, and that's why I was so intimidated and put off changing the strings on the electric. Think I'd hire it done for an acoustic, too. :?

Margaret

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And when I'm feelin' blue, the guitar's comin' through to soothe me ~


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