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Elderly Strings - How Old is too Old?

Susan Wagner
(@shysue)
Noble Member

So, my older sister is coming over later and she's bringing her guitar so I can change the strings out for her. This is the Yamaha FG guitar I sold her in 2013 because she wanted to learn how to play. 

She has NEVER changed the strings on this guitar. For almost 8 years the same strings have sat on this poor Yamaha. I can't wait for her to get here so I can play the guitar and see what it sounds like before I change the strings out on it. She does keep the guitar in the case though, but even so the strings have to be dead on it. 

What's the longest time you've kept the same strings on a guitar? Just curious. I have a classical guitar with nylon strings that I've let sit for several years before I would change them out, but I rarely played that guitar. That's the longest I've left strings on a guitar.

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Topic starter Posted : 11/04/2021 4:42 pm
jerseychicadee
(@jerseychicadee)
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I bet it sounds warming full but they’ll die fast.  

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Posted : 11/04/2021 7:40 pm
brianszuch
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I change when they don't stay in tune

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Posted : 11/04/2021 10:16 pm
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John
 John
(@wjssavhotmail-co-uk)
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I suspect it depends on how often you play, That doesn't mean if your sister hasn't played for 8 years the strings 

are as good as the day you sold the Guitar to her 🤣 🤣 

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Posted : 12/04/2021 1:23 pm
Susan Wagner
(@shysue)
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@wjssavhotmail-co-uk  I'm thinking the strings are badly oxidized or even rusty, because she had a swamp cooler (lots of humidity) in her house for years. Even being in the case I'm pretty sure it got a lot of that moisture, too much moisture.

 

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Topic starter Posted : 12/04/2021 1:26 pm
Susan Wagner
(@shysue)
Noble Member

Well, I thought maybe I would give you all an update on the ancient strings on the Yamaha. They actually still sound fine with very little oxidization, but I'm going to go ahead and change them out to a lighter gauge for her.

I really regret selling this guitar to her because it's a joy to play. I've offered to buy it back from her a couple of times but she always says no even though she rarely plays it. She complains that it's too hard for her to play, so she ended up buying a cheap electric to practice on. The electric is easier to play, honestly, but after playing it for awhile she'll probably not play the acoustic ever again. Maybe one day she'll sell it back to me.   

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Topic starter Posted : 13/04/2021 7:31 pm
jrick92
(@jrick92)
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@shysue  That's why I never sell anything. I always regret it. 

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Posted : 13/04/2021 9:27 pm
jerseychicadee
(@jerseychicadee)
Noble Member

I miss my Malibu but not that Taylor. I feel so guilty saying that too. Penny’s been telling me she needs new strings. I’ll change them out Saturday. 

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Posted : 14/04/2021 8:28 am
j.phillips189
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My father bought a guitar from my mother, it sat in the attic for 30 years, a dreadnaught, I’ve just re- strung.  I’ve never see strings that colour before....she never did learn....

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Posted : 14/04/2021 4:44 pm
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George Lange
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I find that when the low “e” string starts to sound lifeless or makes a thud sound, it is time to change the strings. Also, if the strings get dirty or discolour it is time too 

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Posted : 18/04/2021 12:19 pm
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