Classical string durability - treble strings replacement

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kienle51
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Classical string durability - treble strings replacement

Post by kienle51 » Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:09 pm

Hi Guys, got a question would like to ask regarding to treble strings.
Since I notice treble strings doesn't seem to wear down like basses, so...usually how long do you guys replace new trebles?
I could not tell the difference in sound between old and new treble strings. This is not as easy as basses (visually rusted / slightly out of tune from fret 4)

Appreciate all your responses,
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Re: Classical string durability - treble strings replacement

Post by Tom » Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:06 pm

My thumb rules to replace 2 sets of basses vs 1 set of treble.

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Re: Classical string durability - treble strings replacement

Post by georgemarousi » Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:25 pm

I rarely replace treble strings. I also avoid changing all 6 together, for tuning issues ( as you can rely on older trebles to settle in the basses )

But treble strings do wear too, depending on player mostly; You can check that by yourself, sliding your nail on the downside of your treble stings. If there are "bites" you will feel them so a replace should be on your schedule.

I would say that I replace trebles at around 4 bass set replaces, on average.
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Re: Classical string durability - treble strings replacement

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:36 am

I just replace them all together, about once a month or so, every 3 to 4 weeks. I notice that when I rubbed my fingers on the back side of the trebles there are usually divets i7n the string, so that I really have to change them. This has always been the case on my Ramirez 4NE, as the frets have a flat profile and aren't really rounded on the edges. But on some guitars that I have previously owned, that have a rounder profile, I could go longer.

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Re: Classical string durability - treble strings replacement

Post by souldier » Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:41 pm

Generally I find that 1 treble set can last the life of 2 bass sets. Some trebles might wear quicker and you'll notice the high E string starting to sound thin and metallic. Intonation may also be affected after a month or so check for them. My go to trebles are La Bella 2001's and they have a long life span compared to some others I've tried.
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Re: Classical string durability - treble strings replacement

Post by ivan » Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:57 pm

Trebles also wear down, the first string will become scratchy from the right hand nail.
For the carbon strings, this also happen on the 2nd and 3rd strings.

The most durable treble is Dogal Maestrale, those strings are made from polymer, very very scratch resistant. But the 1st string sounds too bright, sharp, and metallic.

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Re: Classical string durability - treble strings replacement

Post by nokturnal » Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:44 am

I remember d. Russell share some technique of twisting the treble string so the scratchy part will face soundboard after twisting.
Sorry string makers this will lessen lots of business ;)

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Re: Classical string durability - treble strings replacement

Post by jgreenwd » Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:25 pm

I usually replace them all at once. The bass side does wear out faster, but I find it easier to replace the entire set.

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