When do I need new guitar strings?

Replacing guitar strings isn’t always a matter of necessity; it can also be a matter of personal preference. Some musicians love the sound of their old guitar strings broken-in. While others can’t live without the sound and reliability of a new set of guitar strings.

Guitar Repair & Maintenance

Guitar Repair & Maintenance

The truth is there is no set rule on when to change your guitar strings because it depends upon any number of factors from tonal preference to how physical your playing is, especially if you play often. Over-time, experience will tell you when to change them long before your strings break.

Here are some tell-tale signs to look for on when to replace your guitar strings:

  1. A lot of times we think our guitar is a poor instrument due to the inability to hold the pitch it has been set to. Though this can be caused by several different problems, you can solve a lot by simply changing the strings. This improves the guitar’s intonation, tone, and playability.
  2. Are your guitar strings tarnished? If so, I can assure you breaking a guitar string is only a matter of time. Sweat, oil, dirt and grime all contribute to aging your strings, along with constant playing. There are some guitarists whose acidity on their hands can corrode strings within minutes. Even if your guitar sits in a case or outside on a guitar stand, your strings will eventually fade because of humidity and exposure to the elements. Don’t play till you need a tetanus shot, it’s time to change those old strings.
  3. Does your guitar sound dead or bland? If so, a new set of guitar strings will brighten up the tone as well as make harmonics pop and chords chime. Not to mention, a new set will just feel smooth and lively underneath your fingers, making you more connected with your guitar.

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