Sunday, October 5, 2008

No Time For Fast Trains

Yesterday, I got a package from Fender. Three packs of .012 phosphor bronze strings. I haven't tried them out yet; I'm still rocking the Earthwood .013s, and as I got two packs, it'll be a while before I'm past them. But I will use them, I'm sure. I'll re-review when I do. It's funny that I used to have no spare packs and now I have four, five if I want to reuse the .011s that broke in the first place.

In my experience, the wound G is the first string to pop, and I figure that's the time to switch, since the D will come along eventually, and if you switch, you don't have to worry so much about your other strings popping on you. But that's me. When do you know you have to switch?


Patrick said...

I usually change them because they sound bad or because the rust/finger gunge has made them hard to play. I don't break many strings, except when they're really old and past due for changing anyway. I used to pop high G's on my 12-string all the time, until I replaced the bridge saddle.

Dave Jacoby said...

It's months to years between popped G and string changes for me. I'd go through E strings like candy before I learned to tune, to where the guitar shop guy though I was making a tattoo gun.

The worst thing for a wound G is using a Hot Licks pick. Then I would go through the windings like a hot knife through butter, then wonder why it looked like I was taking a butcher knife to the strings.

Furtheron said...

can't remember the last time I broke a string.

Just sounds too dull on acoustic - electrics given I normally over distort normally when I realise I'm retuning too often.

I use Ernie Ball Regulars on the electrics - sometimes 9s on Fender scale lengths but normally 10s on all else.

Acoustics normally Martins - and normally very light (I'm a wuss) with 10s. But recently bought some 11s from D'Arrio (spl?) to try