strings deteriorate on stored guitar?

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Jeffrey Armbruster
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strings deteriorate on stored guitar?

Post by Jeffrey Armbruster » Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:35 pm

I put fresh strings on my Takemine almost two years ago. It's been sitting in storage since then except for about twenty minutes of playing. The bass strings have no visible wear. I've forgotten how this guitar sounds. Do the strings still sound as good as new? I want to fairly evaluate this guitar.

Plus I'l get to test if this guitar 'wakes up' over the next few hours.

p.s. I de-tuned the guitar to take tension off.
p.p.s. boy I forgot how high the action is on this guitar...
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Re: strings deteriorate on stored guitar?

Post by Kent » Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:44 pm

I would put new strings on it. Strings age like us!

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Re: strings deteriorate on stored guitar?

Post by Kurt Penner » Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:35 pm

Manufacturers package new strings in sealed airtight packages for a reason.

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Re: strings deteriorate on stored guitar?

Post by spanishguitarmusic » Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:12 am

Yes, I would put on new strings if possible!

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Re: strings deteriorate on stored guitar?

Post by Jeffrey Armbruster » Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:11 am

Thanks for the replies. I'll put a new set of low tension strings--Augustines likely--in the future. Even with the old strings, I think that this guitar woke up a bit after 40 minutes or so of playing. I may have been overlooking this guitar. But my allergies are still causing havoc with my hearing, so...
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Re: strings deteriorate on stored guitar?

Post by Rognvald » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:01 pm

Jeff,
If your case was properly humidified and there is no visual deterioration, the strings should be fine. Variations in humidity levels to the excess will certainly effect the strings. If it were my instrument, I would clean the strings with Dunlop 65 string cleaner and conditioner, tune the guitar and play. If they are bad, replace them. Playing again . . . Rognvald
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