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Do unused strings "go bad"

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by badsneakers, Jul 28, 2005.


  1. badsneakers

    badsneakers

    May 31, 2004
    Kind of a weird question I guess. I found a set of un opened boomers in my car. Inside of the package there was a receipt from January 2, 2005. Would all of the temp changes in the harsh New England weather effect the strings? Or should they be as good as the day I bought them?

    What do you think?
     
  2. eldave777

    eldave777

    May 24, 2005
    Most string manufactures say unopened strings will last for a year. I'm sure however that lots of music stores have sold strings that have been on the shelf for longer. With no tension, and no exposure to the elements they should be fine.
     
  3. badsneakers

    badsneakers

    May 31, 2004
    that's the thing though, they have been exposed to the elements. It is reasonable to assume that in the winter the inside of my car was 5 degrees and now in the summer 150 degrees
     
  4. loendmaestro

    loendmaestro

    Jan 15, 2004
    Vienna VA
    Yeah, I stockpiled a lot of D'Addario Slowounds when they were discontinued. Some I've had for a year, god knows how long they were sitting around before I bought them...

    Safely tucked away in a drawer...you think I'm alright trying to milk these for an additional year?
     
  5. eldave777

    eldave777

    May 24, 2005
    As long as the package was intact they should be okay. Either way they won't make your bass blow up so use them.
     
  6. loendmaestro

    loendmaestro

    Jan 15, 2004
    Vienna VA
    Whew.
    I was worried about the explosive nature of D'addarios.
    Thanks for setting my mind at ease.
     
  7. Wolf

    Wolf

    Jan 30, 2004
    Israel
    D'addario's are different - they're plastic-wrapped with that whole corrosion intercept doohickey...
    ...still, I can't imagine anything's changed much since January...