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How to Know when to Change Your Guitar Strings

By Joe Armani Subscribe to RSS | December 31st 2011 | Views:
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I get asked this question a lot: “How do I know if I should change my guitar strings yet?”

Well, if you’re thinking about it…it’s probably time

Guitar strings are cheap. Go ahead and take the plunge, it will only cost you $7-$15 depending on what strings you get.

Ok, now seriously…There are a few telltale signs that guitar strings will show when they’re ready to be changed.

If they look dirty, they need to go.

If you’re having a hard time tuning them, cut them loose.

If you haven’t changed them in a few months (and you play regularly), treat yourself to some fresh strings

Dirt and oil from your hands end up on your guitar strings. This causes the strings to corrode over time. The guitar will begin sounding dull or even lifeless. It will start to play out of tune, no matter how much you try tune it, and will be nearly impossible to tune. We all know an out of tune guitar is no fun!

The life of your strings will vary depending on how you treat them. A guitar played 2 hours a week will keep it’s strings longer than a guitar played 2 hours a day. Dirty hands will kill strings quickly, so it’s always a good idea to wash your hands before you pick up your guitar. Sweaty hands will shorten your strings’ life, too, but this can be unavoidable. Heavy hands will wear strings out quicker than light ones. Humidity can cause metal strings to corrode at a quicker rate.

As your strings age, it can be common (especially for beginners) to wonder what’s wrong with your guitar. The guitar will feel like it has less energy than it did, and moving up and down the fretboard will not feel as smooth. All these things can make playing a lot less fun, so go ahead and change those strings! It’s the single most effective and inexpensive way to put some new life into your guitar.

Also, if you’ve bought a new guitar, especially from a larger guitar shop, you may want to replace the strings. Just think of how many grimy hands demoed that guitar before you bought it!

If you’ve never changed your strings before, YouTube has some great instructional videos so check them out. Even if you use a pro for all of your other maintenance, it’s important to be able to restring your guitar.

Joe Armani - About Author:
Joe Armani is the owner & luthier at Armani Guitars, maker of beautiful custom guitars based out of Denver, CO. He invite you to visit the Armani Guitars website at http://armaniguitars.com with all your guitar and guitar repair questions.

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