When to change the strings on your guitar is a question we get asked often, and one there’s really no one answer to. Some people change their guitar strings more often than others, and personal preference certainly comes into play.
There are many factors that affect when you should change your guitar strings, which is why we created this helpful guide for you so you could make the best decision for yourself and your acoustic or electric guitar.
Here are the 5 most important things to consider when trying to decide how often you should change your guitar strings… oh! And don’t forget to tune your guitar, too!
1. Frequency of Use
The most important factor to consider is how often you play the guitar. If you play the guitar for 2 hours every day, you’ll certainly want to change your strings at least once per month, and perhaps even more frequently depending on the other factors below. If you play less often, say about an hour or so every few days, you’re probably going to want to change your guitar strings every 6 or 8 weeks. If you rarely play, you’re probably fine if you change your guitar strings every 3 months or so.
2. Tuning & Performance
If you’re unable to tune your guitar properly (the guitar tuner is having trouble registering) or if you’re having trouble executing certain guitar techniques (such as sliding or bending), you know it’s time to change your guitar strings.
Do you prefer a “bright” sound or do you dig a more “dull” sound? It’s a question of personal preference and certainly also depends on what sort of vibe you’re looking for in your playing. If you like a brighter sound, you’ll definitely want to change your guitar strings more often than if you’re going for more of a “thud” sound.
Do you wipe your guitar strings down after you play or do you just put the instrument away? Wiping your stings off with a soft cloth will help them last longer, so if you are taking proper care of your guitar strings you won’t have to change them as often.
The final factor to consider is your budget. Can you afford to change your strings every 3 weeks? Do you have the ability to try out different strings even if they might not work for you? The cost of buying new guitar strings constantly can add up, so make sure you factor that in to your decision.
If you’re just looking for a general ballpark estimate, we’d recommend you change your guitar strings every 6 weeks or so. But again, take into account all the factors above to decide what’s best for you.
Oh, and when you do decide to change your strings, please don’t do this. Clip those things! Check out this video to learn how to change your strings properly!
How to Change Your Guitar Strings Properly
Recommended Guitar Strings
Here are a few of our favorites:
D’Addario EJ16-3D Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light
D’Addario EXL110-3D Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings, Regular Light
D’Addario EXP16 with NY Steel Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light
D’Addario EXL115BT Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings, Balanced Medium
D’Addario NYXL1046 Nickel Plated Electric Guitar Strings, Light
D’Addario EXL110W Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings, Regular Light
D’Addario EJ24 Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, True Medium
D’Addario EJ45 Pro-Arte Nylon Classical Guitar Strings, Normal Tension
D’Addario Guitar Strings Set, Chromes, Jazz Light
D’Addario EJ11 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light
How often do you change your guitar strings? Let us know in the comments!