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Unread 09-30-2015, 10:58 AM   #1
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strings dont last long enough

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I have an acoustic Seagull 6. I was recording some stuff and I wanted the best possible sound. and I noticed that the strings were losing their nice bright sound pretty quick, like after a few hours of playing. I even bought some strings that promised to last long, still they went dull (ish) quickly. Is that normal? Do recording people change their strings every few hours?

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Unread 09-30-2015, 12:30 PM   #2
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That doesn't sound normal. But I don't know anything about acoustic guitars, so take that with a grain of salt. My electric strings keep that sound for a few days at least, as long as I wipe them down after every use and use a conditioner before playing. I didn't used to do this and my strings wore out pretty quickly. Now they last me a long time.
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How old are the strings? Could they have been exposed to moisture for a while before you put them on your guitar?
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thanks Ax, what do you use to wipe the strings? is isopropyl alcohol ok?
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Unread 09-30-2015, 01:14 PM   #5
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thanks bravesfan, strings were new. no moisture, I live in alberta, it's very dry here. they were new different brands, brand names. how long do they keep the "sparkle" in your case?
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I use GHS Fast Fret and/or the Dunlop product. I prefer fastfret but somebody gave me a dunlop kit so I've been using it and I do like it.

But for wiping down after playing, I just use a dry cloth, the idea is to remove finger grease and sweat.
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I don't personally like Elixir strings on my 6 string guitars (but I do like them for my bass) but they seem to sound the same from the time you put them on, until the time you change them.

I've also had good results with Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze strings.

I use Tone Ease spray to wipe down my strings.

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Dean Markley Vintage Bronze, I wipe them down with a dry cloth when I'm done, They seem to last awhile but I don't play my acoustic much,
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I use GHS Fast Fret and/or the Dunlop product. I prefer fastfret but somebody gave me a dunlop kit so I've been using it and I do like it.

But for wiping down after playing, I just use a dry cloth, the idea is to remove finger grease and sweat.
This. IPA seems like an overkill for cleaning. You don't need to disinfect your strings, you just want to get the grease off.

Also, I threw on a set of Gear Supply Co strings a couple months ago. My acoustic only gets played on Sundays, but I've put 20+ hours on the strings without any noted tone loss.
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Another thing! Humidity is a pretty well known factor in this, but being too dry can be just as bad if not worse for your guitar and strings. Don't ever put anything like a silica gel packet in your case. You want humidity control, not a dehumidifier.
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You might try one of these:

http://www.amazon.com/The-String-Cle.../dp/B001FSZR4U

I've been using them for several years and it seems to just about double the life I get out of strings.
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I'm pretty strictly an acoustic player. Pretty much every set of strings I've ever put on has "shimmered" when first strung. After about an hour or two of playing, the shimmer goes away. If you like that shimmer sound, you will be disappointed that it goes away so fast. I personally like it when the sound mellows. In fact, I leave strings on for a very long time because I like the dull sound.
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I'm pretty strictly an acoustic player. Pretty much every set of strings I've ever put on has "shimmered" when first strung. After about an hour or two of playing, the shimmer goes away. If you like that shimmer sound, you will be disappointed that it goes away so fast. I personally like it when the sound mellows. In fact, I leave strings on for a very long time because I like the dull sound.
ok, that's good to hear. so Im not the only one for whom the "shimmer" dissapears.
thanks all of you.
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I've been using Elixer Nanowebs on my Seagull CW Maple HG, and they tend to sound good for a few months before I notice the tone dulling to the point that I'd want to change them.
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I've been using Elixer Nanowebs on my Seagull CW Maple HG, and they tend to sound good for a few months before I notice the tone dulling to the point that I'd want to change them.
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