String life

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by LowendPhil, Mar 1, 2014.


  1. LowendPhil

    LowendPhil

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    How long would you normally expect a set of strings to last before replacing?
    I use the d'addario exl160's.
    Practice with band about 4 hours a week
    Practice alone about 15 hours a week
    With a 3 hour gig twice a month.

    So roughly 80 hours of playing a month.

    They've been on a while, but still sound okay. But compared to new is anyone's guess
     
  2. Jefff

    Jefff Supporting Member

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    There are so many variables here. How does it sound to you? Some folks like a very bright fresh string. Some like the way an older set settles in.

    Body chemistry is as important as anything else. Some people can trash a set in a week of heavy playing simply because of their sweat.
     
  3. LowendPhil

    LowendPhil

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    Tricky, think I'll carry on with this set then. High notes have good ring and sustain and the lows are pretty cool too.
     
  4. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    Yep, for every thread I see asking how to keep the zingy new-string sound, I see another thread asking how to make flats go dead sooner. Tastes cover the gamut. And yes, body chem makes a big difference.
     
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