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Is anyone else having weird late Autumn for strings?


(@rparker)
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We've got early November weather for at least another week, too. I changed most guitars' strings in early autumn, but all this stretching and shrinking and weather related neck movement I think is killing my strings. I can normally do twice a year on all but a couple. This year it's looking like 3 times on most. Heck, two are un-playable. Even just doing simple strumming.

I just know what will happen, too. The weather will finnally change and everything will be out of whack again.

Roy
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(@kent_eh)
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Obviously you need to get one of those carbon fibre guitars to play during the seasonal transitions.
They say those things are impervious to temperature and humidity changes.

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(@rparker)
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A little Vitamin-G never hurt nuttin'.

Roy
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(@dogbite)
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Roy. you are probably playing the guitar more hours per week than you used to.
from my experience, after twenty hours of playing the strings lose most of their sound quality.
I don't think weather changes have a great effect on string performance.
I do know from experience, from changing tunings back and forth constantly, that my strings give it up even sooner.
I think there is a phenomena where a newbie player can get a years use out of a set of strings, but a more seasoned player doesn't.
the explanation I believe is the experienced ear.
Roy, I think you have an experienced ear.

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(@rparker)
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dogbite, that might be the what's happening. The ears are changing, that's for sure. I'm picking up more overtones and other little subleties that driving me nuts on every guitar. Well, it seems that way anyhow. spring noises, noisey saddles, an off string, etc, etc. I'm down to 2 packs of strings from my 10 pack that I got this past summer.

I got thinking earlier. Perhaps the proof is in the measurements. I'll look back through my records and see what the last few adjustments that I made were and take measurements.

Roy
"I wonder if a composer ever intentionally composed a piece that was physically impossible to play and stuck it away to be found years later after his death, knowing it would forever drive perfectionist musicians crazy." - George Carlin


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Still arguing about strings! Boy did I miss this! Ha!

Cat

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