When do YOU decide it's time to change strings?

Choice of classical guitar strings and technical issues connected with their use.
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ameriken
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Re: When do YOU decide it's time to change strings?

Post by ameriken » Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:12 pm

Stephen Kenyon wrote:
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:28 pm
Ideally, when they no longer make me go "wow what a guitar!" the moment I play that first tuning-check chord.

Realistically, when I get a round tuit :shock: .
The ''wow factor'', that's my gauge as well. No particular time frame, just when the guitar tells me in that dull voice ''it's time dude''.
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Re: When do YOU decide it's time to change strings?

Post by Rognvald » Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:45 am

I just changed strings on my gig guitar, Esteve 1GR08 Cedar, after roughly 57 hours of playing. They were D'Addario Pro Arte Medium tension. They began to noticeably lose intonation, clarity and projection within the last 4-6 hours of playing and showed visible signs of string wear on the basses with a noticeable a heightened "roughness" when playing. I changed to Aranjuez Silver 300 medium basses and Hannabach medium trebles(left over from a Gold set). This guitar is played in a regular rotation with my LoPrinzi and Brune. I will provide string additional information when I change strings on my remaining guitars. I hope this helps. Playing again . . . Rognvald
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Re: When do YOU decide it's time to change strings?

Post by Rognvald » Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:29 am

I changed strings tonight on my LoPrinzi Spanish Grand Concert. Roughly 52 hours playing time on Aranjuez Silver 300 Medium tension strings. Strings began losing intonation, clarity and projection within the last 3-5 hours. There is slightly greater longevity with the Hannabach trebles than the Aranjuez trebles. However, the Aranjuez trebles had initial better clarity, brightness in my opinion. I hope this helps. Playing again . . . Rognvald
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