How often should you change your guitar strings?

The life span of guitar strings will vary a lot. There are many factors to this. We will discuss these factors in this post as well as how you can make your strings last longer. This post will cover a little bit on how to assess guitar strings to see what kind of shape they are in. We will finally discuss when you should change your strings.


Guitar strings have many variables that cause decay at different speeds. Here are some of the more common factors involved.



The Brand that makes the strings does make a big difference. They sound different, and they are made different.  There isn’t one company that has “bad strings”, but keep in mind that each company makes their strings differently.


String Coating:

Strings can come with different coatings. Some have anti rust coats on them, others don’t.



Have you ever heard “You get what you pay for”? This is true with guitar strings. More expensive strings are made better, made of better material with better machines. A set of strings worth 4 dollars will not sound the same as strings that cost $15. Better strings will also last much longer.


Amount of use:

This is the greatest factor in the life span of strings. If you use your guitar a lot, they will weaken faster.


You may be wondering what shape your guitar strings are in right now. Here are some ways you can tell.

  1. Do your strings have any rust on them?
  2. Do your strings have dirt on them?
  3. Do your strings have any dents or bumps on them?
  4. Do your strings sound flat and dull?
  5. Do you have a broken string?


If you said yes to any of these, then your strings are not in good condition.


How do you know when it is time to replace your strings? Well the answer will come down to personal preference. Because of money, you may not be able to afford strings.   You may decide that even though there is dirt on your strings you won’t replace them yet. Some people like the sound of dull strings. This is something that you need to find out for yourself.


If you have a broken String, it is recommended that you replace all your strings. If one string is broken, they are all likely to be old and worn. It is just a couple extra bucks and your guitar will sing for you in return.


How do you make your strings last longer? It boils down to one word, Care. If you care for your strings they will last longer. If you clean them after you use them, you are less likely to get rust or dirt on them. Having clean strings will also keep them sounding vibrant for longer. Keep your hands clean. This will prevent dirt from rubbing off of your hands onto the strings. A nice scrub will not prevent you from rockin out.