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Offline Lunaray

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String shelf life?
« on: January 27, 2010, 02:09:45 PM »
I have a friend who owns a music store and I just did a bunch of art work for his new CD.  As payment, he is giving me 30 sets of new strings, do strings have a shelf life?   It's going to take me awhile to use up 30 sets of strings, will they go dead just sitting?  Should I store them in the fridge, should I freeze them?  [:)]

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Offline Quinn Spalpeen

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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2010, 02:19:09 PM »
I asked this very same question a long time ago, and felt foolish, but it turned out to bring in some interesting answers.  Rocket pointed out that some brands use vacuum sealed packaging (D'addario) and they would probably be okay for a good long time.  Magoo said he bought a set that sounded really tired and bad, and the store owners claimed that shelf rot wasn't covered under the guarantees.

It' been awhile, I'll see if I can find the thread and post the link.

EDIT: I found it,,

http://forums.washburn.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=14823&SearchTerms=String+question



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« Last Edit: January 27, 2010, 02:25:02 PM by Quinn Spalpeen »
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Offline Rocket

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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2010, 02:35:32 PM »
Rockette's brother bought a new Gibson in '64. He died in '75 and the Guitar went into closeted storage with her other brother (who doesn't play.)
Rockette inherited it in the original case in '05. Inside the cuddy were several old triangle tortise picks, an old style cloth & lever capo, a pitch pipe and a set of 1970's Gibson strings packaged in paper... ($.75 btw)
They were immaculate and now, 35-years later, reside on that guitar.

Your results may vary!

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« Last Edit: January 27, 2010, 02:40:50 PM by Rocket »

Offline magoo99

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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2010, 02:41:10 PM »
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They were immaculate and now, 35-years later, reside on that guitar.

another dumb ass question but  here it goes...LOL....Are strings made out of different materials now then they were back then?
Nothing seems to be made as well now a days..just wondering.
I get two gigs out of a set and would hate to thinks that they suck because of shop rot before I put them on.
 

Offline Rocket

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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2010, 02:46:11 PM »
quote:
Originally posted by magoo99

I get two gigs out of a set and would hate to thinks that they suck because of shop rot before I put them on.

Same here.
I don't recall them spoiling so rapidly as they seem to now... but:
1) I was much more frugal in my youth (I didn't have the funds)
2) I lived in a much less humid climate
3) I didn't play with same vigor

I do notice that I'm not going thru the same amount now that I'm not playing out as often.

Offline Quinn Spalpeen

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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2010, 02:46:20 PM »

Thanks for the chuckle Rocket,,

I wish I was as immaculate now as I was 35 years ago.



No Watson, dear fellow, we'll first finish gathering the facts. It's really quite elementary, one should always fit the theory to the facts, not the facts to the theory. .... Sherlock Holmes

Washburn F10S
Washburn WD114S
Washburn J4
Martin 00-15
Trinity College Bouzouki
Raul Emiliani Model 928 (Stradivari model)
Scott Cao STV-950 (Hellier model)
Eastman Master Model 905 (Stradivari model)
Marshall AS50D
Fender Super Champ XD


Nothing under the sun is new Watson. .... Sherlock Holmes

Washburn F10S (From Funky Munky, no G.C. stuff for me.)
Martin 00-15
Martin 000-28
Trinity College Bouzouki
Raul Emiliani Model 928 (Stradivari model)
Scott Cao STV-950 (Hellier model)
Eastman Master Model 905 (Stradivari model)
Roland F-110

Offline Rocket

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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2010, 02:50:58 PM »
quote:
Originally posted by Quinn Spalpeen

I wish I was as immaculate now as I was 35 years ago.

My left big-toenail is still in fairly good shape.
(...of course, the right one is missing!)
« Last Edit: January 27, 2010, 02:55:50 PM by Rocket »

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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2010, 06:32:56 PM »
quote:
Originally posted by Lunaray

do strings have a shelf life?
will they go dead just sitting?
Should I store them in the fridge, should I freeze them?


Yes, they do.
Yes, they will.
Neither will help.

You need to spread them out amongst your friends.[;)]
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