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Offline buckethead

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« on: August 25, 2007, 01:02:28 AM »
i was just wundering because my strings are old. maybe a few years... im not woried on my bass guitar because i put new strings on it after i replaced my neck. 3 months ago or something like that

the guitars:
B.C. Rich warlock
Washburn RB-2502

the amps:
Peavey Rage 158
Fender Rumble 100
the guitars:
B.C. Rich warlock
Washburn RB-2502
2 strat knock off's
Ibanez AEB-30

the amps:
Peavey Rage 158
Fender Rumble 100

Offline Drefen

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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2007, 01:41:48 AM »
Oy, put a new set on and see if you notice a differnce.
 

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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2007, 07:11:24 AM »
Damn, I change my strings after 3 or 4 gigs.
we play for 3 hours a gig, and i guess the sweet on my fingers
really kill the strings.  

A new set of strings sure make a guitar or mandolin sound great
You bass players are spoiled ya can keep strings on for a long time. Guess thats a good thing because of the cost.
 

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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2007, 10:55:05 AM »
7-9 hrs a day wow!!!!!!! wish i could do that.
well guess I can dream.LOL.
I play in 2 bands and pratice with them 2 nights a week and i
was thinking that was alot.LOL
 

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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2007, 12:36:15 PM »
I change mine about every 5 years whether they need it or not.

No, not really, but I have 6 guitars, 3 of which get played every day (one classical, one steel string acoustic, and one electric).  How frequently I change the strings depends on how quickly the sound deteriorates.  Fortunately, I don't seem to exude much in the way of corrosive fluids, so mine really do last a year or so.

However, I don't play the amount of time that any of you do.  I'm not a gigging musician or a music teacher, just a normal guy who likes to sit down for an hour or two every night and pluck away on the axes.  Some of my guitars don't get played very often at all, so those strings probably really don't get changed for a couple of years.  Once I detect some deadening of the tone, I replace them and I'm ALWAYS sorry I waited so long.  

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Yamaha G231-II
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Offline buckethead

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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2007, 01:09:30 AM »
thanks guys for th advice ill change them as soon as i can

the guitars:
B.C. Rich warlock
Washburn RB-2502

the amps:
Peavey Rage 158
Fender Rumble 100
the guitars:
B.C. Rich warlock
Washburn RB-2502
2 strat knock off's
Ibanez AEB-30

the amps:
Peavey Rage 158
Fender Rumble 100

Offline magoo99

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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2007, 08:14:48 AM »
Good stuff Saint,
I started at 19 on guitar, then picked on the mandolin at 30 [now 37]
don't play guitar much now, but wish i had keep at it.
I envy people that can get to play when they want.
its hard with a young Family but a true musician will find time.
Bet there are alot of people that wish now they kept playing when they were younger.
 

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« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2007, 08:38:50 AM »
My wish is the other way around--I was 23 when I first got my hands on a guitar.  I wish I had STARTED playing much younger, but there was virtually no musical stimulation in my house as I was growing up.  Here's why that's important:

My graduate degree is in speech pathology.  We learn that there is a critical period for language development between brith and about 8 years of age.  During that period the brain is incredibly plastic, assuming new wrinkles quite easily (newly acquired knowledge literally creates new wrinkles in the brain tissue), and a normally developing child of that age can learn multiple languages and manage to keep them separate if they are so exposed.  Music is a language in it's own--it has it's own vocabulary, it's own alphabet, it's own  forms of syntax and semantics.  If you include musical instruction in a child's life during that critical period for language development, they will have an almost innate understanding of the basic linguistic structure of music and will be able to learn multiple musical languages (read: instruments) very easily.  For those of you with young children, the lesson here is to get them involved in music from birth, or before.  It doesn't have to be instrumental instruction--there is research that indicates babies who are exposed to music while in the womb (use a pillow speaker from Radio Shack laying on the mother's abdomen) will cry much less when they are exposed to the same music after birth (music hath charms to sooth the savage beast).    

Once I started playing, I never stopped--might have slowed down a bit now and then as the demands of raising 3 kids ensued, but even if I had to stay up after the family was in bed I managed to get in some time with the classical guitar.  How I wish I had that early childhood exposure--learning to play the guitar has been and continues to be a very tenuous journey for this BHOF.

[Edit--My apologies for the thread drift here [:I]--it just seemed germane to the recent posts.]

Dugly [8D]


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Washburn WD32S
Yamaha G231-II
Yamaha G60A
A Hohner classical I left in SW KS.
Epiphone Dot '63 ES335 Repop
Ibanez RX20
A cheap Circle K banjo I play when feelin' funky
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Offline millenium

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« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2007, 07:57:12 AM »
I change them when they need to be !!! lolll[8D][^][^][^][^]
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« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2007, 10:19:18 PM »
thanks agian guys!

the guitars:
B.C. Rich warlock
Washburn RB-2502

the amps:
Peavey Rage 158
Fender Rumble 100
the guitars:
B.C. Rich warlock
Washburn RB-2502
2 strat knock off's
Ibanez AEB-30

the amps:
Peavey Rage 158
Fender Rumble 100

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« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2007, 12:08:40 PM »
I've Only had to change my high E Once, because it popped, and I've had  mine for about a year. I've never had to change any others.
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« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2007, 10:15:24 PM »
thanks! really helpful info


the guitars:
B.C. Rich warlock
Washburn RB-2502

the amps:
Peavey Rage 158
Fender Rumble 100
the guitars:
B.C. Rich warlock
Washburn RB-2502
2 strat knock off's
Ibanez AEB-30

the amps:
Peavey Rage 158
Fender Rumble 100