Restringing and sound

Choice of classical guitar strings and technical issues connected with their use.
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rinneby
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Restringing and sound

Post by rinneby » Mon May 15, 2017 11:24 am

I've been thinking about this lately. If you put on new strings, play for a few days, then remove them and use them again later, will the sound worsen?

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Re: Restringing and sound

Post by georgemarousi » Mon May 15, 2017 12:26 pm

I think and I have also noticed that if you detune/retune a string sometimes, that affects its characteristics considerably.

So I try to avoid this process. But if for example you do it only once, in order to "play in" a string to have it as a good backup, I guess that this affect would be minor.
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Re: Restringing and sound

Post by andreas777 » Mon May 15, 2017 12:34 pm

In my opinion the answer is yes, at least for the bass strings. There will be dirt and sweat and moisture on the bass strings that cause the strings to oxidate slightly faster, independent if you remove them or not.
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Re: Restringing and sound

Post by georgemarousi » Mon May 15, 2017 1:01 pm

Yes, I agree that oxidation is another disadvantage for keeping the bass strings - I guess that it would help if you clean and seal them somehow.
--Classicals--
Paulino Bernabe Especial 2009
Ramirez 1A 1980
Alhambra Luthier india 2012
Juan Martinez nr 55 (the return @2014)
Yamaha cg 110 (as a kid @88)
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student again since 2015, to my degree @..? - God bless!

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Re: Restringing and sound

Post by MessyTendon » Tue May 16, 2017 7:35 pm

tupperware, coil em up and snap the lid, they should get along fine for awhile. I wouldn't toss a string once because it has been used. Heck I use month old strings all the time.

If they hold pitch, burn em up.

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