Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by WordMan, Apr 14, 2019 at 7:24 AM.
But then wouldn't they be deader when they broke in?
I also don't have acidic sweat. My strings never rust and I never wipe them down. I has a friend who's strings would rust whenever he put his guitar down.
Good call! Maybe it would have a wet/dry signal “boil” knob that would allow you to gradually dial in the frequencies that the circuitry filters out.
You joke, but that would work almost exactly like the adjustable impedance-loading buffer that most pedal steel guitarists use as a tone knob.
Notice that Setzer removes the tone switch circuit from his signature models.
I agree with Setzer, strings sound best after that new zing wears off. But, for me, that usually means a string will break shortly. Except for Optima Gold...they sound broke-in when new and they hold their sound until metal fatigue finally gets them a couple months later. Expensive up front but over the course of a year of gigging, I actually saved money with them. Now, no longer gigging, pure nickel D'Adderio's are fine for couch playing and they might last a year. But Optima was my go-to gigging string.
I always knew that Setzer fella was a fool!!!!
Maybe the next Line 6 guitar will have a string wear simulator.
There was an album they recorded a few years back, and that process was the subject of a studio masterclass that the engineer was doing. They did some amount of heavy documentation of all of the aspects and so on. One of the things they mentioned is that Tabor had a guitar that hadn't had the strings changed in something like seven years which he preferred for some specific aspect of recording.
Tyler Sweet (Brian Setzer's tech who revealed this info in a recent interview) is a nice guy. I first met him at NAMM in a line of people waiting to congratulate Johnny Oskam (one of our endorsers) after a blistering set. Tyler was wearing a Brian Setzer shirt so, I struck up a conversation...
IIRC Clapton also doesn't change strings until they break. Ugh.
Skin and sweat chemistry is a strange thing. If I'm playing indoors, I can make a set of strings last for years or until the indentations get so bad the guitar becomes hard to tune. However if I'm playing an outdoor gig and it's hot, I can literally hear the wound strings go dead during a single song, even with a new freshly installed set. It's bizarre. However Elixir Nanowebs completely cure this issue.
2-3 months works for me. Thought I was alone on this one!
I think a lot of people would really like flatwounds or really heavily coated elixirs or something.
I just use Ernie Ball strings, and keep my tone control rolled to about 2 or 3. Same difference but without the intonation issue.
I think we have the same manager!
That's why I dig flatwounds mostly. They don't have the zingyness of new rounds, and they seem to get better with age
I guess I’m surprised this hasn’t been one of those “TGP Topics” - it seems like such a likely candidate.
I like my strings at the point where they've lost a little of their brightness, but not so dead that they don't intonate or hold tuning.
Don't know how EVH ended up there, hes certainly in the fresh strings for every gig camp.