Strings are often overlooked when diagnosing problems with a guitar, but modern strings are actually quite high tech and precision made. Simply put, they are the tonal source – where the sound starts on your guitar, and – as with hi-fi or PA – the sound source is the most important factor in sound quality. So it is not surprising that many setup procedures begin with a fresh set of strings and changing them regularly is essential to ensure top performance from your instrument.
Strings which are dirty, worn, corroded or just plain cheap and nasty are more often than not the cause of tuning, intonation tonal or playability problems and caring for your strings.
String change frequency The durability of a string depends on its type, how it is played, atmospherics and how it is maintained. But as a ballpark figure, someone who plays once a day should be changing once a month. If you play frequently or for lengthy periods, you should change more often. An important point is that even unplayed strings age once they are on a guitar, thanks to high tensions and corrosion. So even an unused guitar should have its strings changed if they are older than three months.
Written By : Alan Ratcliffe