How Often to Change Guitar Strings?


How often do you change your strings? Many guitarists don’t change them as often as they should, which can actually impair on your performance. For this reason alone, it’s always worth considering when to change your set of strings.

Musicians should plan to change strings on average every once in 3 months. They also can change it after around 100 hours of practice. Usually, strings may last twice as long, and you can use it as long as it does not break, of course, but it’s a good thing to change them regularly.

Here are some mentionable points to consider when you are trying to fix your string:

  • If you’re using a guitar two hours in a day, then it is needed to change the strings at least once per month. Frequency uses of guitar make its string weaker than ever so then it needs to be replaced. If the musician plays less often like an hour every day, then the strings should be changes in six or 8 weeks or every three months or so.
  • Sometimes, when you are unable to get your preferred sound in your guitar, then it could be a good idea to change the string, as different gauges (and how new they are) affect the tone.
  • If you find your strings rusty and discolored, it means that they can be broken sooner rather than later. You will feel more uncomfortable playing your guitar, and you may even hurt your finger also. In that case, you need to change your strings as soon as possible.
  • If you keep your guitar in a humid environment, then it is advisable to change your strings more often, as there is more chance for them to get rusty and discoloured. Even if you don’t play the guitar more often, you’ll have to change your strings if your home environment is humid.

Recommended Strings:

Airline Guitar and GHS strings

There are several great brands such as D’Addario and Ernie Balls to name but two of the most popular. It’s always advisable to invest on good quality strings rather than cheaper, more generic ones. 

At Eastwood Guitars, we use only GHS Strings, which are great value and top quality. 

Big thanks to Joseph Nicholls from Best10gears.com who contributed to this post.