Brian Setzer prefers dead strings - his tech never changes them.

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  1. the.godfather

    the.godfather Member

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    I'm an acidic sweater I have to admit. A regular set of strings generally lasts me a week of daily playing before they just have to go. Even after cleaning them after every use they are just too gross to continue with. Nowadays I use Elixir Optiwebs that are the best I've ever used. Nice, snappy sounding strings that I can generally get 2-3 months out of before I want to replace them. They start to sound too dull for me and by that point the fretboard and frets themselves need cleaning/maintenance anyway.
     
  2. Da Geezer

    Da Geezer Supporting Member

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    Thread-worthy
     
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  3. sws1

    sws1 Member

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    It's from the rig rundown video with Dallas, his tech. 100% true.
     
  4. paulvcarter

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    Brian May is the same, he does use Optima Golds however which are incredibly strong / good.
     
  5. DCross

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    I usually keep the same strings for about 20 gigs. So, I haven't changed mine in 30 years.

    (Just kidding - I change them every 2 months or so).
     
  6. WordMan

    WordMan Member

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    I had no idea:
    - This would turn into a long discussion thread. Cool.
    - That so many guitar heroes like old strings/don't change their strings - cited in this thread:

    Setzer
    EVH
    Brian May
    Clapton
    Jeff Tweedy
    Link Wray
    Mike Bloomfield
    Junior Brown
    Steve Cropper
    Terry Kath
    Johnny Ramone
    Robbie Krieger
     
  7. Atmospheric

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    Does Setzer play flats? If yes, that would explain things. If not, I'm SMH.
     
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    The way Terry played, I'm surprised his strings lasted long enough to be considered dead. Unless you mean he killed them, which I agree with. :D
     
  9. Golem

    Golem Supporting Member

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    There are certain instruments that I've realized I like older strings on.
     
  10. Robert Libutti

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    I like dead-er strings on my acoustic. There is that sweet spot between fresh and gross. I've found that silk and steel strings can get me there right out of the pack, but they are a bit light. I don't know if it's because my acoustic isn't great, that I don't play it loud, or just a preference. Maybe a bit of all of them. It sounds a bit toy-like if the strings are too bright.
     
  11. kenadams

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    Some Bass hero still plays his 80s strings. Can't recall the name... Damn I read th einterview just a few weeks ago....
    These strings must be more than dead. Zombie kind of rotten?
     
  12. Fat tone79

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    Every two or three gigs, new strings. Sometimes dead strings sound better but I’m afraid they will break. Not worth the risk.
     
  13. hogy

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    I'm with Brian Setzer on this.

    My body chemistry doesn't attack strings, so they never corrode. I also prefer the tone of broken in strings.

    I use Pyramid round core pure nickels, and they break in quickly and then don't change anymore. I wish I could get 70 gigs out of them, but what happens way before that is that the winding of the D string wears through to the core and the string's intonation gets all out of whack. That's when I change the whole set.
     
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    mudster High Prairie Wrangler Silver Supporting Member

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    Clapton also did this for many years according to interviews with him. Tom Petty never changed the strings on his blonde 12 string.
     
  15. WordMan

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    Bass strings are a whole 'nother animal, near as I can tell. I've had a few bassists in bands that have never changed their strings. One plays a '62 P-Bass that he got in the early 1980's. Changed the G string once - first break in over 30 years - and used something like chapstick to grime it up.
     
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    NamaEnsou Supporting Member

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    There's a saying, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

    I've been playing until my strings wouldn't stay in tune for years and years now.
     
  17. reddgeetarzan

    reddgeetarzan Supporting Member

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    Strings that old would seem to be very bad for frets?
     
  18. DustyRhodesJr

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    Although I am not sure this is the person you are looking for,

    Lee Sklar plays a very old set of bass strings.
     
  19. lavinci

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    I'm the same way...
    Its an old habit I picked up years ago when I played bass guitar.
    It is a fact, old strings rock harder than new strings...
    and sound better to me too!
    NYXL for me...
    I check them by sliding my finger underneath the string (between the fret and string)to check how many more miles I can get out of them...

    I hate new strings and how they sound.
     
  20. PRW

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    As in most of the discussions here, it's subjective and personal taste and a sign that different people want different things/like different sounds/have different expectations when it comes to their tools, i.e. guitars.

    I don't like brand new strings, but I don't keep my strings on until they're rusted, either. I just "know" when it's time to change, I cannot be more specific or quantify it for you.
     
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