How many strings do you change at a time?

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  1. Webmaestro

    Webmaestro Ibanez Fanatic Contributor

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    If I break a new string within just a few days of installing a new set (or, worse, during the damn install) I'll replace just that one string.

    Much beyond that point, and I'll go ahead and just replace them all, otherwise intonation and whatnot can get a little whacky.

    If you're talking about changing strings in general...

    I take them all off at once (vs. changing them one at a time). It's a great opportunity to give the fretboard and frets a really good wiping/buffing.
     
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    I have only ever broken 1 string once, many years ago.
    I change all the strings in 1 sitting, 1 string at a time.
    When I started playing guitar I wrongfully assumed that taking all the strings off would bow/damage the neck... ya i know... now I've just been doing it 1 string at a time for so long, it's just what I do. (non-floyd and floyd guitars like).
    I do take all the strings off if 1. I'm changing pickups and 2. if I'm oiling the fret board.
     
  3. TedEH

    TedEH Cromulent

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    I think most modern guitars are ok to take all the strings off, but I'd be leary of doing it with a bass maybe? One of my basses developed a pretty bad crack along the back of the neck, and I wondered if taking all the strings off to restring it was contributing to the damage.
     
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    I change the full 8 set about every month or 2. I dont plan on breaking a string when playing live. Plus i find doing sweeps with a "hammer on slide" harder to do when the strings are worn out
     
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    I don;t think anyone actually PLANS to... :lol:
     
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    Even when I broke a string I would play a week without the string and it'd force me to come up with unconventional things and then I'd change them all but that only happened twice.. The only time I changed one string was for some reason one of my strings had a divot in it that caused buzz 2 weeks after a string change so I replaced that one.
     
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    I usually change the top and the bottom strings to get more highs and lows.
     
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    Well duh lol but by not changing all string on a semi regular basis thats practically planning on breakin a string during a show.
     

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