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Strings durability depends on many variables, such as the acidity of the player's sweat, the string's composition, environment and weather conditions (hot, humid, etc.)

The more care that you wil take in monitoring and maintain your strings, the longer they will last. To ensure longest string life we suggest that you wipe your strings with a dry clean cloth after each use.

Some manufacturers lately introduced new sets of strings delivering longer life thanks to cryogenic treatments or very thin films of protective material coated over the external windings.

Worn out strings not only affect tuning but also intonation. In case you noticed that some notes are out of tune in some specific areas of the fretboard and not in others you have probably encountered a worn out or defective string that need to be replaced.

Here are a few tips to preserve the tone of your strings as long as possible:

  • Stretch the strings while mounting. If a defective string has to break it's better it does it now rather than during a gig.
  • Clean up your strings with a soft dry cloth after each playing and also during gig breaks
  • Replace all strings as soon as you notice they lost some of their brightness.


It may happen to cross a defective NEW string. A way to discover this is to pay attention to the shape of the pattern that the saddles create at the bridge when they are correctly intonated. A string that requires to be intonated a movement of the saddles which does not conform the one shown in the photos below could be a defective one.

The saddles intonation pattern is always pretty the same. Changes in the intonation
saddle pattern can be an indication of a defective or too worn out strings.

Galeazzo Frudua

Galeazzo Frudua

As a luthier and lutherie teacher, since 1988 he has been making about 350 boutique guitars and basses priced from 2,900 to 5,600 Euros and repaired and customized thousands of string instruments. His instruments and amplifiers are used by flagship artists, such as Chick Corea, Peter Gabriel, Ennio Morricone, Vasco Rossi. He owns two YouTube channels—where he teaches music—that count up to 25+ million views and almost 140.000 subscribers.

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