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String life

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

  1. LowendPhil


    Oct 18, 2013
    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


    Aug 14, 2013
    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


    Oct 18, 2013
    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 Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    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.