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

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  1. macatt

    macatt Supporting Member

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    Yep,
    They're good until I get the indentations on the bottom of the strings.
    I don't have any acid or sweat issues so they last for quite a while and still sound good; until those underneath dents get too severe. (maybe eight 4-hour gigs, and that's 'stretching' it a bit. No pun intended:))

    I also agree about the gorgeous sound of new strings.

    S Mac
     
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  2. macatt

    macatt Supporting Member

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    Yeah,
    you hear, a lot of goofy stated things on the internet.
    Changing strings after every song might have a slightly negative effect of the flow of a show :).
    It's highly unlikely The Edge does that I'd think. Or does he switch guitars on stage every song?

    S Mac
     
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  3. Dashface

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    Sounds like a man after my own heart.

    I will routinely play an entire 40-50 date tour on a single set of strings. I just prefer the feel.

    And at home I have guitars whose strings haven’t changed in half a decade at least.
     
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  4. joebloggs13

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    You can also add Roy Buchanan to the list of players who rarely changed strings.
     
  5. WordMan

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    I’m very open to being wrong, but I could’ve sworn in Sammy’s book and other interviews of EVH, he left his guitars lying around his studio. ISTR his Steinberger had old strings on it, cruddy like the overall guitar, but when Eddie played it, he sounded like Eddie. I know he boiled strings, but I thought that was part of seeing if they’d be more stable locked down. Heck, I dunno.
     
  6. Blix

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    I have no doubt he had guitars around with cruddy strings, but he have said in interviews he change strings before every gig. :)
    To quote an old interview:

    "Do you still practice?


    Sure. I mean, I’ve got a guitar right here in my hands right now. I change the strings before a gig. I play for half an hour, an hour, just to break in the strings and loosen up my fingers. And at night sometimes I come home and write a tune.


    You change the strings before every gig?


    Oh yeah. Every day. Especially on the Strat. They wear out so quick with that bar."
     
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  7. WordMan

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  8. CRAIG4FSU

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    Junior Brown does this as well.
     
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    No I don't mean him but you are right his tech has not much to do he stated in an interview :D
     
  10. Thumpalumpacus

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    I use nickels on S-style guitars for exactly this reason -- they tamp down on the shrill.
     
  11. motokev

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    The common rule is to replace all strings when the small string is 90% corroded. This is noted in my engineering text book.
     
  12. bigtone23

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    So true. My 2 basses with flats haven't been changed since I switched them to flats: 4 and 5 years ago. Won't change them until one breaks.
     
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    IIRC he changes guitars every song. His tech talks about all that in the rig rundown they did, been a little while since I watched that one though.
     
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    When I was gigging steadily, I would try to change out just the plain strings every 1 to 2 gigs, the wound ones I would leave on a week or so, as they were less likely to break. I keep a lot of singles around in the gauges I use. This way, I would hardly ever break a string on stage. Once in a blue moon I might break a D or even an A string, but not very often.
    Al
     
  15. 83stratman

    83stratman Supporting Member

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    How so?

     
  16. reddgeetarzan

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    They get divots/wear spots in them, the divots wear your frets out unnaturally and at a faster pace is my understanding. I could be wrong. It certainly affects intonation (and tuning).
     
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  17. aroman

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    I change strings when they break.
     
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  18. Dale

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    I perfer older, but not corroded, strings as well. Stable and consistent.
     
  19. zombiwoof

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    That's fine at home, but onstage it is a PITA and embarassing.
    Al
     

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