Guitars are highly technical instruments with intricate mechanisms and parts that help produce the sounds that it produces. The guitar’s strings are probably the most important part of a guitar’s sounds, but many people forget to care for them the way they should be cared for. Even guitar owners who maintain and clean their instruments on a regular basis often forget to maintain or replace the most important part of a guitar’s sound – the strings.
There are some signs that are obvious clues that you need to change out your guitar cords. If your cords are discolored, change them. If your cords are not conforming to the right shape, change them, and if your strings are rusted, please, please change them.
Hopefully, you are operating with all six strings because if one has disappeared, there’s a problem. On the smaller end of the less obvious scale, the truth is that you should change your cords every few months. Changing your strings will make the music that you play sound more clear, crisp and audibly recognizable to others.
The time in between changing guitar cords is really the best way to tell how often to change your strings. If you are an avid guitar player who likes to play every spare moment of the day, you will need to change your guitar cords more often than the occasional guitar player.
The latter can get by with waiting three months or more in between changing strings while the avid musician might need to consider changing guitar strings every two weeks or so. It is hard to give an exact time frame for changing strings. It just depends on how often you play your guitar and the amount of use the strings actually get.
There are many different kinds of strings, and many different manufacturers that will swear that their product is the best. The only way to decipher which brand is the best is to try out different ones and decide for yourself. However, knowing which type of cords, and not who makes them, is what should be your concern.
If you have an acoustic guitar then you will need just regular acoustic guitar strings. If you own a classical guitar then your strings should be nylon. Generally, what type of guitar you are playing is what will categorize the strings. Therefore, there is really no excuse for buying the wrong cords. The thickness of the strings determines the quality of sound, but remember, the thicker the strings, the harder they are to play. The ballpark price for them is quite reasonable.
Changing your guitar strings can be a lesson in frustration. The intricate detail that you have to endure just to change one string can annoy even the calmest of personalities.
Rather than trying to do this yourself the first few times, it might be helpful to make a trip to your local guitar center. They may have kind associates who can give you tips and hints on how to change your strings with fewer frustrations. They may even change them for you the first couple times until you get the hang of it.