While My Guitar Gently Weeps

My fingers smell like guitar strings right now because I just spent the last half hour or so playing some Ben Harper tunes. That got me thinking that I really want to start recording again, and that I really need to change the strings on my guitars. For any of you aspiring guitar players, even if you don't play your guitar a whole lot, your strings should be changed at least twice a year. When I was playing at Chi Alpha every week I would have to change my strings much more often, but that's neither here nor there. Anyway, I haven't changed the strings on any of my guitars in almost a year, that's really bad, for a couple of reason.

1. Every time you play your fingers end up with a metallic smell
2. The strings will not stay in tune as well
3. If you have coated strings (such as elixers) then the coating will be pretty much non-existant at this point
4. They lose the "crisp" and you end up with a dead sound (this applies more to acoustic than electric guitars)
5. The B and e (notice the lower case) get especially rough, making slides a little more difficulty
6. Eventually those suckers will break on you

That's about all the reasons I can think of for changing your strings on an regular basis. Also, make sure you check your intonation. I'll get into some stuff about that on my next blog. Cheers.
These are my babies (minus one) I named my guitars after my grandparents. From Left - Right: Clemie - Garrison AG500 Elixer superlight nanoweb strings, Ralph - GK2265 series "Strat" Ernie Ball super slinky light strings, Hughie - Epiphone Les Paul Standard Ernie Ball super slinky light strings. Missing from photo: Winnie - Dean Performer Archtop D'addario XL light strings.

1 comment:

  1. I like that one of your guitars is named Ralph!