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Uses for old guitar/bass guitar strings

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by mansjasont, Mar 8, 2018.

  1. So I own about 10 guitars/basses and I also do guitar/bass setups as a side gig to pay for gear. As a result of this, I have a lot of guitar strings hanging around. I decided a few months ago that I was going to start saving all the strings I take off and would try find some use for them. In that time I've accumulated a decent stash of them but have not found a use.

    Anyone have any ideas? I've seen the typical jewelry and stuff on pinterest but I'm not too interested in that.
  2. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    Maybe donate them to a local school or put up a notice in a music store or library offering them to a struggling player?
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  3. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Sell them to jewelry makers. Or dentists.
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  4. sm49341


    May 12, 2013
    I have found 2 uses. I use the thicker wound type guitar strings for hanging art and pictures. The thin 0.010 to 0.013 work good for ice fishing spring bobbers. They attach to the end of the rods and the line goes thru a loop in the end. Great for detecting light bites.
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  5. T_Bone_TL


    Jan 10, 2013
    SW VT
    The unwound upper guitar strings can become a cheese-cutting wire - just add handles. Of course, that assumes that you are in the habit (or know someone with the habit) of cutting cheese with a wire, which most home cooks don't.
  6. BurnOut

    BurnOut It's The Billy Baloney Show

    Feb 1, 2015
    The Natti
    My friends and I in the Waste Management Consultant business use old strings for garrottes.
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  7. Bong rod...
  8. klejst


    Oct 5, 2010
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Recycle them so they don't wind up in the landfill?
  9. farace

    farace Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2016
    Connecticut USA
    My partner has made dream catchers in the past.

    Local guitar shop here is a drop-off point for D'Addario's recycling program.
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  10. BurnOut

    BurnOut It's The Billy Baloney Show

    Feb 1, 2015
    The Natti
    Dream Catchers sounds cool, got any pics? How big of a gage did they use?
  11. farace

    farace Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2016
    Connecticut USA
    None here at the moment, but she used an old double bass string, probably an E, as the frame of the dream catcher, with dental floss for the webbing. She says she'll make more.
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  12. BurnOut

    BurnOut It's The Billy Baloney Show

    Feb 1, 2015
    The Natti
    Ah, strings for the frame. I thought she was making the web from strings, that would look tough.
    I've made em with red willow frames and sinew.
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  13. gumtown


    May 7, 2007
    New Zealand
    Weed Wacker string

  14. I cut off the ball-ends and put them on necklaces and keyrings

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  15. moonshinegtrs

    moonshinegtrs Inactive Commercial User

    Jan 28, 2009
    White Bluff,Tn.
    Owner: Moonshine Custom Guitars
    My wife and I started this Non Profit several years ago.

    Strings For Hope

    We handed it off to capable hands in 2016, and it has continued to grow. We are very proud and humbled by the support this start up has received.

    Obviously there are several other excellent outlets for used strings. Just don't throw them away.

    Moonshine :bassist:
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  16. Cat toy or poking down the 'S' bend of your slightly blocked drain? :)
  17. heatheroo1


    Dec 14, 2009
    Ephrata, PA
    know anyone into trapping? They make good snares.
  18. 4-stringB


    Jun 10, 2010
    The heavier bass strings make great sink snakes. Cut off the thin tuner end and unroll a turn or two, leave sticking out at right angle. Amazing, all the crud down there. High E and B strings on a guitar are good for cleaning gummed up fuel passages on carburetors snake.jpg
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