Why Old Guitar Strings Go Dead

Why Old Guitar Strings Go Dead

Have you ever had a guitar string suddenly sound dull, not intonate properly, or become unable to stay in tune? That my friends might be a dead guitar string. But what causes guitar strings to die? Let’s talk about it…

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6 Responses

  1. The longest I’ve had a set of strings on a guitar is 24 years. The guitar sat untouched in its case for 24 years before I was able to get it back. I had just changed the strings (changed them every Monday) the last time I played it so they had about an hour of playing time on them. And yes, the strings were all quite dead when I opened the case – but they were still almost in tune.

  2. I use Fingerease on my strings before I even string them on my guitar and then afterwards. Works great ! I also use nut lube. These help my strings remain sonic and even extend their life. Even so I change them out at the first notice of response change.

  3. I feel like I’ve been leaving my strings on way too long since switching to Stringjoy. I change them now probably every 3-4 months & that’s playing every pretty much every day. They actually still sound pretty good but they develop flat spots from the frets. I used to have to change strings every month at the most due to corrosion. My buddy used to call me, “Ol’ Acid Fingers” (haha) cause I could destroy strings so fast. I’m a profuse sweater. He hated when I played his guitar.. said it cost him $10 every time I picked up his guitar. Anyway, I don’t have this problem with Stringjoy’s. I don’t even wipe ‘em down, or even ever clean ‘em for that matter, they don’t need it. So that’s been a blessing for me. I’m also not playing out at the moment, if I were to start playing out I’d be back to changing strings every two weeks at the longest out of respect for; audience, band mates, and the music itself.

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