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  • OLD GUITAR STRINGS

    When I was packing to move I found several sets of light gauge strings that had probably been stored for    about 10-12 years still in the box.  I was wondering if strings have a SHELF life when not placed on a guitar.  Never heard that brought up as a topic and was really curious.

     

    BigAl :manhappy:

     

     

    Instruments:
    Luthier (Antonio Aparicio AA100) LU105 Classical
    Custom Dreadnaught Solid Hog
    Ibanez Artcore Hollow Body Electric
    Ibanez Solid Body Art100 Electric
    Navarro Flamenco Guitar Solid Cypress b&s, solid cedar top
    Yamaha LJ6 Mini Jumbo Spruce top, laminated Rosewood b&s

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    Ive come across really old sets that were fine and some that were not. If theres very little or no corrosion theyed be worth a try.

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    • #3

      It'll be the unwound strings that go bad.  Or maybe it's that they all corrode, but that you can't feel it so much on the wound strings.  I got some old ernie balls in a swap and they sounded just like new strings, but I immediately wanted to replace the B & E.  That's been my only experience w/ old strings tho'.   

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      • #4

        The only thing that could hurt them is corrosion, and that would probably show. If they look okay, they are probably okay.

         

        It's not going to hurt anything to try them.

        Proud reject from the HCAG Civil Posters Society, Martin snob, vitriolic sociopath, and tantrumist

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