Changing Guitar Strings for a Better Sound

Over time, dirt and oil from your hands build up on your strings, causing them to tarnish. This dirt on your strings will cause them to begin to sound dull and lifeless. Washing your hands before playing and wiping the strings afterward will extend the life of your strings. Other factors (like the natural stretching of the string over time) will require you to change your strings regularly.

The playable "life" of your guitar strings depends on a number of things. The sweat from your hands will decrease the life of your strings. The environment also affects string life. Smokey nightclubs, room humidity, and frequency of playing all diminish the life of the guitar string. This is true for both steel, nickel and nylon strings.

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