How often to change guitar strings? The ultimate guide [ Full Details ]

 Today I will be answering the question of how often to change guitar strings, now this is a pretty popular question among guitar players

especially for those who have just started out and you'll hear a lot of different answers to this question

How often to change guitar strings

How often to change guitar strings
How often to change guitar strings

some people will say you should be changing the strings every 2-3 weeks, some people will say you should only be changing the strings every 2-3 months

and some people will say, they only change their strings every time they break one.

The truth is that it depends on how much someone is playing the guitar what type of strings they are using

how those string react to their particular skin tone, how easily your strings corrode, and what they gonna be using their guitar for

That's why for me the question of how often to change guitar strings probably isn't the most helpful question it could be asking.

The more helpful question for me has to do with why we should change our guitar strings because

that would give us a better idea about when we should change our guitar strings?

why we should change our guitar strings?

  • Dull Guitar Tone

When the guitar string isn't worn sound clear, snappy brighter, and crisp tone. This will cause your music to sound meaty, thumpy sort of tone.

some people like warmer or darker tones out of the guitar

and others don't change their string often at all because they really like a mellow thumpy tone,

regardless of whatever your tone preferences your string will never sound flat or dull.

  • when your strings won't stay in Tune

when you put the same string on your guitar for more than 1-2 months, then you will start to notice that

the strings will go back to not holding the tune that is strings don't hold the tune.

if that happens then it's time to go for the new strings as a new string when stretched properly will stay in tune for a longer time.

Note: If you don't know how to tune a guitar then read here 

How to Tune guitar for beginner to advanced

  • when your strings feel dirty 

when the strings on your guitar began to discolor and the black gunky stuff stick on your fingers when you are strumming, it's like a speck of dirt getting in the way

and it won't feel smooth and slippery when you slide your fingers across the strings then it is time to change your strings.

Changing guitar string chart 

How often to change guitar strings
How often to change guitar strings

The benefit of New Strings

For me, there are three main benefits of new strings

The first one has to do with the most obvious, the Tone of the strings where older strings will sound duller and more lifeless as compared to

the new string will sound a lot brighter and clear this is because old strings develop wear & tear just rubbing against the fret

and they also become corroded by being in constant contact with your skin and this affects how the strings resonate and sustain which affects how they sound.

Secondly, it's the inconsistencies that build up over the strings that will change how well the strings stay in tune.

New strings will generally perform better when it comes to tuning and intonation

and lastly, the wear & tear that will build up over the strings will affect how susceptible the strings are to break it

that's why we can a little bit more confident when we have new strings on the guitar.

so new strings will help us get more clarity in our guitar tone, new strings will generally stay in tune better

(assuming they are stretched in) properly off course

and new strings gonna be less susceptible to breaking. so what is that tell us about

when we should be changing the string?

well for me some of the obvious examples would be every time the guitar gets setup we'd be looking to use

new strings for accurate tuning especially when it comes to things like intonation adjustment and

when we have an important performance we would be looking to go into that with new strings

this will minimize the chance of string breaking which is certainly not desirable and lastly if we are doing any kind of recording

or working in the studio we gonna be wanted to get the most out of that guitar tone and putting new strings on a guitar is one of the

quickest easiest ways we can start to do that for someone who is playing out very regularly or doing a lot of studio session,

they must be changing their strings as regularly as multiple times a week

but for someone who doesn't play professionally or is only very casual with their guitar, they only think about changing strings far less regularly.

ultimately it comes down to a matter of personal preference. In either case, knowing why we would think about changing

strings help us make an informed decision about when to change them. Lastly, common sense applied

if we are not intending to change our strings all that regularly then make sure you have a clean fretboard,

playing with a clean hand, and wiping our strings down after we play with clean clothing will help us get more out of our guitar strings.

How often should I change my guitar strings?

There are quite a few different answers to how often should I change my guitar strings, so I'm gonna give you few different things

that might help you decide when to change your guitar strings

so the first one normally if I break an A-string then I change all of them because if my strings breaking then

that means that they're probably kind of all getting a bit old.

so the reason that I will change all of them at once is so that you get an even tone across and because

if some of the strings are older then others they are gonna be more dead because that's what happened as strings get old that

the sound kind of dents they lose some of the brightness particularly noticeable on Acoustic guitar

but you notice on the electric guitar as well.

Exceptions when changing guitar strings

so normally if I break one string I'll change all of them but there are some exceptions and the reason that

the exceptions are important is that you need to know why you have broken a string if they are just old then they might just break

but sometimes you'll find a consistent string breaking in a consistent way. so like let's say your second string is breaking all the time

at the bridge that would tell me that there's something wrong with the bridge saddle.

you might want to have a look at that and see if there's a little burr like a little bit of metal that's poking up that's damaging the strings or

you might find it with the nut if it is always breaking at the nut right on the tuning keys you might find that there's

you're winding the strings on over the top of itself and therefore it's hind of creating a pincer action and cutting the strings

so that would be the exception but otherwise if I break A-string normally. I'll change all of the string at once but

How do you know if you haven't broken a string where you are going to change it?

Fingernail Test

so the test that I normally do is I take my fingernail and I run it underneath the string, so just literally hooked it underneath

and running it along underneath the string then I will have a look there and if I get loads of black gunky stuff,

that's it, it is time to change strings.

okay, that black gunky stuff is could be rust, finger grit, and all of that sort of stuff so it normally looks blackish,

if you look at the string the color of the strings on the other side of the nut where you do not put your fingers and then

you look at the actual string on the other side they should look kind of similar. so the little finger test is generally the best one you know.

if you get just a little bit of stuff under there but not much then there's no issue you can change your strings after few weeks

I usually do on the G-string, the plain string not the wound one that is E-string because the dirt hides in the gaps in the wound string.

so I recommend you to test on G-string. Normally I don't tend to leave my string on longer than a couple of months

if they had normally gone for kind of bad in that time. so that's my time frame normally show snap one,

I changed them all with those few exceptions or if they get really black underneath when I do there the old fingernail test.

so that''s my answer to how often to change guitar strings, if you have any suggestion

then you can drop them down in the comment section below

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