When to Change Your Strings

I get asked this all the time- “Scott, how do I know when I should change my strings?”  And the answer is always the same- “It depends.”  Truth is, there is no real set time that you should change your strings.  Its not like your oil in your car or your furnace filter.

Over time, dirt and oil from your hands build up on your strings, causing them to tarnish. This dirt on your strings will cause them to begin to sound dull and lifeless. Washing your hands before playing will extend the life of your strings, however other factors will require you to change your strings regularly.
Here's how you can tell if you're strings need to be changed
  • harder to tune your guitar
  • harder for the guitar to stay in tune
  • guitar sounds dull and lifeless
  • strings look tarnished, rusted or dull
New strings are an inexpensive way to breath new life in to your guitar and bring back that tone.
Now you're saying its hard to to.  Well, its really not and shouldn't take more than 15 minutes or so to do.  If you're not sure on how to change your strings, take a look at my post on how to change your guitar strings
You may also be saying that its expensive.  It really isn't and is a necessary maintenance cost of playing the guitar.  I found an awesome deal on Amazon for D'Addario strings in bulk packs of 25 for about $70.  Thats only $2.80 a set.  For less than $3 you can get better tone and playability from your guitar.
Here is the link to the D'Addario bulk pack for 10 gauge strings-

D'Addario EXL110-B25 Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings, Regular Light, 10-46, 25 Sets

If you use a 9 gauge string they have the D'Addarios in those as well

D'Addario EXL120-B25 Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings, Super Light, 9-42, 25 Sets

Not leaving the acoustic guitar player out, they have bulk packs as well-

D'Addario EJ16-B25 Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light, 25 Bulk Sets

At these prices there is no reason not to change those nasty strings.  Get yourself some strings and rediscover the tone that your guitar has.

Dont forget about a String WinderString Cutter and
String Cleaner to make the job easier