How many poaple actually enjoy changing your guitar strings?

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  1. fishlog

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    I popped a string tonight just playing alone. Now my guitar is sitting there...waiting....

    I hate changing strings... I hate it!

    I find it odd but I have heard for some people its like a spiritual thing putting new strings on. Like bathing a baby or eating chocolate they savor every moment as they caress their guitar and clean it.

    I hate it.
     
  2. gadzooka

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    I don't mind it. I like cleaning the dust off...
     
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    It depends on the situation for me. I play 3-5 hour shows, and I've figured out that with my alien-acid-like sweat, one set of strings lasts exactly one show before I start popping strings, so I try to change them before every show. If I'm lazy and put it off until 30 minutes before I have to play or something, it sucks. If I do it with no time pressure, it's kind of relaxing...as long as I don't mess it up!
     
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    I don't mind it at all now. Both my 6-stringers are relics. You don't even have to clean 'em! :roll

    dave
     
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    I love changing my strings. It gives me a chance to clean and oil up the fretboard and clean other places that I couldn't get to. Having a string winder and locking tuners helps speed things up. I usually do about six guitars at a time so it takes a while, especially with the floating trems.:drink
     
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    because I play with so many tunings, and I do try to restring before gigs, restringing the night before a gig is usually a several hpur affair while I mutter to myself about needing a roadie.

    that being said, I do enjoy the ritual. I plan for it, so I don't stress about it.
     
  7. MartinC

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    Hate it ... I'm a lazy b*gger ... I just want to play. All my electrics have locking tuners which makes it much easier.

    I also prefer the tone of strings that aren't completely new on the guitar. About 2 weeks old (which is after about 20-30 hours of playing) is the sweet spot for me.
     
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    I love it. I'll do a few instruments at a time and clean out everyting. I put in 30 minutes per guitar easy. It's a form of meditation for me.
     
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    I hate it.

    I started playing elixrs just so i wouldn't have to do it as often.
     
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    I used to enjoy changing strings, back when my "number of guitars owned" was in the single digits. Now it's just a friggin' chore.
     
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    I got so in the habit of not cleaning my relic that I now don't clean the others, either.

    Hmmmm........I don't change strings either. The relic hasn't had new strings since Jan or Feb. Maybe this weekend.......
     
  12. JSeth

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    It's one of those things... once I get up for it, I can change my acoustic 6 string in 12 minutes (barring any fret polishing or fretboard cleaning); then I really love having the new strings on!
    None of my others are quite as quick or easy - the 12 string is a bitch (bless her heart!), my 345 has a Kahler and that's a pain. The 175 isn't too tough, and I hardly ever change those strings - flatwound 14's!!! As far as my little T-5 goes, the Elixir strings it came with are still ringing true after 2 years, nearly...
    it's a necessary evil that results in sweet sounds!!!
     
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    I like the ritual of it.

    It's part of my gig preparation: select the guitars I'm going to use, change the strings, go over the songs while I'm stretching them out.
     
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    No biggie for me, as far as changing and cleaning my guitars and oiling fingerboards. I kinda of enjoy it but not as much as playing though.
     
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    i don;t like to change strings....

    I'm lazy....

    But changing strings to me is important because dead strings get on my nerves even more.
     
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    i dont have that many guitars and so i actually really like it. i like the ritual of it all, as well as the drastic improvement of my tone and feel!
     
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    I like changing them, I can do it in 10 minutes stretched and good to go but after I change them I wait 24hrs before playing the guitar and that wait is hard sometimes.
     
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    I don't really like having to do it, but I despise changing strings on a newer Reverend MIK guitar. While those "locking" tuners do work well for tuning, they are a B*TCH and a half to change strings. Not fun.
     
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    It's a mind-numbing zen-like experience for me. I enjoy it. I don't oil fretboards unless they need, maybe once every year or two, but I do enjoy changing strings and setting guitars up.

    Bob
     
  20. Long2Play

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    I have changed a zillion sets of strings. Both my own and working in guitar shops for 20 plus years.....Get over it. Set up a little bench with what you need and do it. Great guitars need fresh strings. If it is too big a hassle for ya maybe take up keyboards........

    I will admit to hating restringing Gibson Doublenecks. You can't get a damn string winder on about 10 tuners on those things. That is pretty painful......
     

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