How long does it take you before a new set of strings loses that new sound? I put on new strings about 3 weeks ago and they're already starting to sound pretty dead. I'd say I play on an average about 8-10 hours a week now, maybe a little more or less. I was just curious how long people go between changing strings. What do you do to make them last longer? I wipe my strings off with a cloth after I finish playing to get rid of dirt and oils or whatever may be left on them after playing. I guess the main thing that makes them lose their sound fast is playing aggressively on them, like hitting them hard or slapping and popping a lot, which I do sometimes. I heard that stuff like that tears the wraps away from the core and would contribute a lot to killing the sound of the string.