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#21 OneLostGuitarist

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Posted 29 March 2007 - 02:37 PM

QUOTE (-ism @ Mar 28 2007, 10:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (gravitas @ Mar 28 2007, 09:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Erm, what kind of oil is this?


Lighter fluid? not sure... that'd be kinda crazy though.


That was my question to

What kind of oil did you use?

Com on builtmyownbass fill us in

My guess would be 3-in-one oil that's what I use to clean my guns with

#22 misterhat

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Posted 29 March 2007 - 05:02 PM

Lighter fluid actually works. There used to be a National resophonic player, Rusty Kershaw, who used to clean his strings with lighter fluid and only changed them when they broke. He said it gave him that old timey tone. I know exactly what he was talking about.

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 02:35 AM

Sorry, I haven't been posting for a few days...
The oil I use is the same 3 in 1 stuff OneLostGuitarist uses to clean his guns with rolleyes.gif
I would call it a light household machine oil (hinges, sewing machines, locks, guitars) Made by the WD-40 Company. "Lubricates, cleans, & prevents rust"
I use it on my FLoyd Rose bridge to oil the studs.
The reason I leave my strings for over 2 months before I change, is because I'm either too lazy to get a new set, or the ones I have aren't all crapped up. I saw this other guy's guitar and asked to play it (just a beginner guitar) and I was shocked at how crap he's strings were - they were entirely black, rough, and sounded like absolute ####! I would never let my strings get like that.
One time I scalloped a neck on my friend guitar and re-strung it with new strings. They were rusty within about 2 or 3 weeks, and I had had mine on for over a month and they were still shiny (same brand - Ernie Ball Super Slinky sleep.gif )
I play for several hours a day, but I take care of my strings.

Come to think of it, my high E-string just broke at the nut because I had been locking it down too hard and the wrong way... I going to change my strings now!

BTW, there are strings I know of over $40. I bought a set of flatwounds for bass about 2 years ago for $80 (haven't played that bass extensively, and I don't thing I'll be changing them in a hurry) Flatwounds for guitar are about $30 but they don't sound that good on my electric - I think I'll take them off and put them on a future guitar.
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Posted 01 April 2007 - 07:21 AM

How long your strings last depends on where you store your guitars, what the conditions are inside and how you yourself take care of your strings.
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Posted 01 April 2007 - 11:44 PM

i am not a fan of the elixor strings...they last longer but i find the nano-web tends to ware off because i bend alot on the treble strings..i find they become scratchy when the nano-web starts coming off. this couldn't be healthy for your frets...i can get d'addarios for $10 aus so i just buy them and replace em' more often...to me that is cheaper and my strings are fresh all the time.
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Posted 04 April 2007 - 10:58 AM

I am less concerned about the 'feel' and tone of the strings, and mostly concerned with tuning stability, so I don't really consider boiling or 'oiling' an option as I don't think it would help that.

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 06:33 PM

QUOTE (ride85 @ Apr 2 2007, 05:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i am not a fan of the elixor strings...they last longer but i find the nano-web tends to ware off because i bend alot on the treble strings..i find they become scratchy when the nano-web starts coming off. this couldn't be healthy for your frets...i can get d'addarios for $10 aus so i just buy them and replace em' more often...to me that is cheaper and my strings are fresh all the time.



Ernie Ball are better, esp for stretching.
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Posted 04 April 2007 - 06:56 PM

I recall an article in Guitar Player decades ago, an interview with Van Halen. He was saying that he would boil brand new strings before putting them on, because the heat would expand them causing them to stretch out, and because he liked the "dead" tone of a used string, and that boiling them would remove that "bright twang."

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 07:08 PM

I hate the bright twang of new strings.
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Posted 04 April 2007 - 09:15 PM

I don't mind the bright twang, and I don't mind the dead sound, but there is a time when it can be too dead, and for that I use a preamp booster with accentuated treble.
I don't really like the feel of the new strings (especially un-oiled), but prefer the feel after a few days (especially the un-would strings) untill they start to get a little dull (but not the black colored dull)
What I really hate is when people have their strings on for like 6 months or more and they are so crap-sounding, rough, and rusty it just makes me want to break them so that whoever owns the guitar can do themselves the pleasure of putting on a new set.

NOTE TO EVERYONE:
Oil your strings, or at least wipe them down after playing - metal and sweat leads to rust, and as a result ultimately bad tone!

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