Makes sense, but how do you know when they need replacement - when the intonation goes? I find that the drop-off in tone happens so gradually that you don't realise what you've been missing until the new strings are on. The strings that are on mine just now are fine, intonation wise, but based on the length of time they've been on there I am still expecting a tone bonus when I replace them.Francisco wrote: ↑Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:59 pmChanging one string takes me about 5 minutes, but I change each string only as needed, seldom more than 1 or 2 at a time, and I almost never replace the entire set in one sitting. I see no reason to change all the strings if only 1 or 2 or 3 of them actually need replacement. My experience is that they wear at very different rates. The first to need replacement is always the 4th, then the 5th, while the 3rd always seems to last the longest by far.
The first indicator for me is visual. On the basses you can see very well where the damage done by the frets begins to look like too much. Looking closely you can see damage on the trebles also. I check the intonation now and then. As regards sound, I try not to be lured by schemes of instant gratification, dreaming about how much better a new set *might* sound and so on. If one starts on this slippery slope, one may end up changing strings every few days. I just use them until the tone is tolerably okay to my ear and the ear of the walls, always keeping in mind that sound changes a lot from one area of the apartment to the other, one part of the day to the other, the changing moods of the nails, the moods of the soul, the changing weather, and of course the changing moods of the guitar itself. Because guitars are, without a doubt, very moody.Rasputin wrote: ↑Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:07 amMakes sense, but how do you know when they need replacement - when the intonation goes? I find that the drop-off in tone happens so gradually that you don't realise what you've been missing until the new strings are on. The strings that are on mine just now are fine, intonation wise, but based on the length of time they've been on there I am still expecting a tone bonus when I replace them.
lol. I sold my first car rather than deal with replacing the tires.
Awesome story!celestemcc wrote: ↑Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:06 pm30 to 45. Except when this happens:
I was a bit stressed and distracted when I changed strings the other day... Putting on the basses went just fine. As did the G string.
So then I put on the B, but only when it was up to tune did I notice that it was on the roller for the E string. Ok, took it off. Untie from snug 12-hole tie. Put it on B correct roller and tune. Then I notice it's actually an E string. Eyes roll at self. Remove it, undo snug tie at bridge, put string aside, and put on the proper B string.
Now back to the E. Jeez, it seems very short, what, is quality control lacking these days on this brand? But it fits, and I tune. Done!
Then, I go to toss away old strings and realize there's still a brand new high E still in the pack. I'd put the OLD E on (which is what it was short, because it'd been cut to remove from the bridge previously.)
Undo tight bridge tie, put new high E back on. At least there's no more open rollers to worry about.
But damn I do a good 12-hole tie at the bridge... sheesh.
It's not in the picture. When you order it you specify which pound test. For me, 50lb = high E, 80lb = B, 100lb = G.guitarrista wrote: ↑Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:03 pmWhich particular kind do you use (hard to tell from the image, if it is written on the package somewhere)? - Seaguar typically has it rated by poundage and/or diameter.
I got mine from Amazon. But dpending on the country you live in, you may need to find alternative sources. Tackle shops are a good bet.montana wrote: ↑Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:57 amWhere can I get it?Andrew Pohlman wrote: ↑Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:49 pmAbout 30 mins for all 6 strings one-by-one. 45 mins if I remove all strings and clean it.
15 mins Special case :: I've been using Seaguar flourocarbon trebles (it's fishing line deployed as guitar strings). Recommended by Trevor Gore. Those suckers are the most stable strings I've ever experienced. Ungodly! No need to change them. So if I only change the Hannabach basses, 15 mins total time.