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.