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Proper Care and Maintenance of Guitar Strings


You might not realize how important it is to keep your guitar’s strings in top condition – but it’s actually a crucial element of the maintenance of your instrument. You’ll want to learn everything you can about the maintenance of your guitar’s strings – so it’s best to start learning as soon as possible.

changing guitar strings

Changing guitar strings
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Metal guitar strings tend to see a lot of wear and tear in their lifespan – and if you know how to take care of them properly, you can easily extend the lifetime of the guitar itself by quite a bit. Here, we’ll have a look at some of the common factors that affect the lifetime of your guitar strings, and how to make the most of it.

Stretching: Your strings will stretch naturally during their tuning, and while playing the instrument as well. They’ll lose their elasticity as time goes by, and with that, their tone quality would degrade as well. Guitar strings that are stretched can’t produce their normally rich or harmonic overtones, and the final result is that the guitar becomes too difficult to fine-tune, and the sound loses its luster and quality.

Wear: Guitars will see a lot of general wear during their playing. This is usually caused by the movement of the metal against the metal frets on the fretboard, and of the two most common types of strings (wound and plain steel), wound strings are particularly susceptible to general fret wear. Wound guitar strings have the tendency to “flat-spot” more quickly than plain-steel strings, and if you leave them unchecked, the flat spots can cause breaks in the strings’ windings. Flat spots and broken windings will degrade the overall tone quality, and can additionally cause your strings to buzz.

Corrosion: Something that occurs on most metal products in general, this is very damaging to metal guitar strings. They’re also subjected to the body chemistry of the guitar player him/herself – people with more elevated acid levels in their pH will typically get far less out of their guitar due to an increased rate of string corrosion.

There are various things you can do to extend your guitar’s life. You must follow the basic guidelines below and this will ensure that you’ll get the most you can from your strings, reducing the cost attached to premature failure.

First, avoid overstretching your strings during the tuning process. You should check the condition of the guitar bridge from time to time, as well as the bridge saddle to avoid breaking a string. Keep an eye on the condition of the guitar’s frets, and replace any of them that develop excessive wear or perhaps sharp edges – and of course, always clean the guitar when you’re done playing it for the day.

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