Do big name guitarists really change their strings like after every show?

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  1. still.ill

    still.ill Member

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    It seems kind of wasteful, and don't the strings need to be played for like a day before they settle in anyway?

    although I'm sure they have the money for it....
    maybe 1 week would be more realistic?

    I have started changing strings once a month on the guitars i play a lot and I still feel that is quite frequent
     
  2. kracdown

    kracdown Custom User Title Gold Supporting Member

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    If I didn't play with coated strings I would probably have to change strings on each of my guitars once a week.

    Some guitarists love the sound of new strings. Personally I do. Not sure all the reasons why big name guitarists do.
     
  3. fossilfuel

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    Sponsors could be a reason.

    Some guys do sweat heavy, play them hard, or just like the sound of brand new strings.
     
  4. RicOkc

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    When I was playing gigs full time I'd change strings every two nights. Considering sweat & corrosion after four hours a night I'd be risking breaking strings after two nights.

    Strings are cheap and not worth having problems during a gig.
     
  5. jero

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    Not a big name guitarist by any means, but due to sweat I need to change after every gig, unfortunately
     
  6. bismark

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    Changing strings can be a real chore. I bet they have guitar techs to do it for them everyday.
     
  7. thrashmetl

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    Yup, my best friend is the guitar tech for the 2 guitarists in probably the biggest touring pop artist in the world's band. I think he says one of the guys sweats so much that he destroys a pair of strings each show, the other guy he changes strings every other show.
     
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    I have a hunch that having a tech is expensive enough and there are idle moments during a day that it is effective busy-work :tapedshut.

    Plus, the more that the techs have hands-on time with guitars, they more they can catch potential issues, monitor wear and tear, etc.
    Again, just hunches.
     
  9. SenorHefty

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    I know that Garcia had his roadie change strings after every show.
     
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    Taylor Swift or Katy Perry?
     
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    Yeah thats a big one, wouldn't want a monitor to wear out half way through a gig....:messedup
     
  12. ixnay

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    I'm not a 'big name' guitarist, but I used to change strings before the practice/rehearsal prior to a show. They were fresh, but had been broken in/stretched out for every show.

    No reason not to, strings are cheap...
     
  13. TRGuy

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    I was going to ask the same thing!
     
  14. fretboardjunkie

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    If I were a big time musician playing every night under hot stage lights and sweating up a storm I'd want my guitar wiped down with new strings. Who wants to play yesterdays dried funk?
     
  15. Blue Light

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    Years ago I read an interview with Brad Paisley's guitar tech. He said he'd change the strings BETWEEN SONGS. Paisley obviously had a rack of guitars on stage. This guy said Brad liked those strings fresh.

    This interview might have been in Vintage Guitar magazine.

    OTOH, wasn't it said that John Lennon would go as long as he could without changing strings?
     
  16. HoboMan

    HoboMan Silver Supporting Member

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    I put on a new set for every gig.
    Break them in for 10 minutes and they are at their prime.

    I prefer the feel of brand new strings.

    On my guitar with NS frets the frets will have corrosion already starting the day after a show.
    I would have to remove the strings and use Gorgomyte to clean the frets to get rid of that grungy sticky feel.

    My other two guitars I've had refretted with Stainless Steel frets and I don't have that problem.
    If I wipe the strings down immediately after a gig I can still use the strings up until the next gig.
     
  17. Bryan29

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    When I saw Living Colour Vernon Reid's tech changed strings as soon as the gig was over and before the guitar was put away.

    I've still got the set.

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  18. gentlyweeping

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    Are you serious or just kidding? :nuts
     
  19. EADGBE

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    I don't think all of them do.
     
  20. wingwalker

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    If i'm playing around the house, practicing or writing I don't worry about strings much...if they still play in tune it's all good but when I'm playing out or recording it's different. A gig or two at most or a full day in the studio and most of the time my strings are dead as hell...
     

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