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Old 01-26-2018, 12:49 PM   #11
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This set literally barely took me through a week...I mean usually its around 2 or 3 weeks, but man, this is gonna get expensive! I guess my hand sweat is really corrosive or something. What can I do? I guess I could go back to coated strings like elixir but im not entirely sold on them. How long do your strings last?
My first experiece with the Elixr coated strings was the that acoustic came with them installed. I love them on the acoustic. I like the feel and I can't believe how long they last. I've never tried any sort of coated string on the electrics.

As for standard strings, I buy in bulk from Amazon. I've picked up a 3pk or EBs for under $12 US. I've been using D'Addario recently and I can get them for about the same price. Buying 10-packs can save even more. The thing is that you have to watch for the sales and stock up then.

I play at home and I have dry hands. Strings last a long time for me.
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Old 01-31-2018, 01:59 AM   #12
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Is it one string or all that are breaking or wearing out prematurely? If it's one string, I would check my saddles for burrs or nicks, that'll cut a strings life quickly and the more you play, the quicker they break from fatigue and cuts.

If it's all of them, I would still check the saddles out, and clean my hands before, and wipe the strings after.
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Old 01-31-2018, 04:02 AM   #13
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If I didn't wipe my strings down faithfully, I would get about a week out of them from casual playing. My hands sweat a lot and my sweat is pretty corrosive.

I tried Elixirs. I honestly didn't get any extended use from them...a few days at most. Not cost effective though since they are significantly more expensive.

The way I have maximized the life out of my strings, which when I'm playing a lot is 3 weeks, otherwise a month, is I keep a small cotton cloth dampened with Dr. Ducks Axe Wax. When I am done, I grab each string with the cloth, and wipe it up and down...up as close as I can get to the nut. Just wiping the cloth over the top of all of the strings and running it up and down is NOT enough.

I also wipe them down between sets.

I keep the oily rag in a zip loc bag so it stays damp and doesn't get all over everything else. People probably think I have a bag of weed in my guitar case .

I use EB regular slinkys also. I buy them on sale when I can and keep stocked up. They are cheap, sound good, and hold up decently.
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Is it one string or all that are breaking or wearing out prematurely? If it's one string, I would check my saddles for burrs or nicks, that'll cut a strings life quickly and the more you play, the quicker they break from fatigue and cuts.

If it's all of them, I would still check the saddles out, and clean my hands before, and wipe the strings after.
Its all of them wearing down, getting rusty and sometimes they dont intonate. Im gonna get better at washing my hands and wiping the strings down after I play. Thanks!

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Old 01-31-2018, 01:42 PM   #15
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If I didn't wipe my strings down faithfully, I would get about a week out of them from casual playing. My hands sweat a lot and my sweat is pretty corrosive.

I tried Elixirs. I honestly didn't get any extended use from them...a few days at most. Not cost effective though since they are significantly more expensive.

The way I have maximized the life out of my strings, which when I'm playing a lot is 3 weeks, otherwise a month, is I keep a small cotton cloth dampened with Dr. Ducks Axe Wax. When I am done, I grab each string with the cloth, and wipe it up and down...up as close as I can get to the nut. Just wiping the cloth over the top of all of the strings and running it up and down is NOT enough.

I also wipe them down between sets.

I keep the oily rag in a zip loc bag so it stays damp and doesn't get all over everything else. People probably think I have a bag of weed in my guitar case .

I use EB regular slinkys also. I buy them on sale when I can and keep stocked up. They are cheap, sound good, and hold up decently.
Yeah, I guess we both are unlucky with the sweaty hands and the corrosive nature of the sweat. I will do as you say and begin to wipe the strings down after every single session, hopefully they will last longer then! Ill look into that oil you mention!

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Old 01-31-2018, 02:00 PM   #16
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Do some brands of strings last longer than others? I had D'addario strings on my Stratocaster for 4 months. When I took the strings off they looked good, no corrosion at all.
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Yeah, I guess we both are unlucky with the sweaty hands and the corrosive nature of the sweat. I will do as you say and begin to wipe the strings down after every single session, hopefully they will last longer then! Ill look into that oil you mention!

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The oil does 2 things...it acts as a solvent and dissolves the crap on the strings. It also lubricates them. I've read that it's really nothing more than mineral oil.

It's nice to know I'm not the only one that has this problem. It was worse when I was a teenager. The metal doorknob on my bedroom door growing up is all corroded. The knobs on my stereo would get corroded too. You could easily tell what I had touched .

It was so bad that it was a big part of the reason I stopped playing guitar. I couldn't deal with how crappy my strings would get so quickly and back then nobody could offer a solution. I just plunked around on my crappy acoustic that had nylon strings...those strings would last at least.. Even when I picked it back up again 15 years later, I had to figure it out on my own. I even tried stainless steel strings...yuck. I'd discuss it with guys in the music stores and they'd look at me like I had 10 heads!

Anyway...good luck!!
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Yeah, a clean micro cloth will make even old and dull strings look pretty good again, new strings.. it keeps them clean. I usually wipe them down after every playing session, it's the OCD in me to begin with, but it keeps them fresh for me for quite a while.
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Old 01-31-2018, 08:17 PM   #19
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I have found that Dadarrio nickel last the longest I will get about 2 to 3 months out of them,i only wipe them down if they are dirty which is hardly ever.i don't have oily hands also.for the oil on your hands try talcum powder.
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Old 02-02-2018, 05:48 AM   #20
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Some cheap strings I've used in the past died quickly. I had to move over to Elixers sometime back.
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