I have slowly been switching my guitars over to locking tuners. This makes tuning very easy and very quick, but the locking tuners are heavy and more expensive than the tuners that usually come on your guitar (which, once you have the guitar, they’re free!). My Epiphone Crestwood does not have locking tuners and I don’t intend to put locking tuners on it. Right now everything is original on that guitar. I’m not ready to start modding it. So properly restringing this guitar is important if I want it to stay in tune.
Elixir strings have provided the following video clip to help.
Restringing your guitar can also wake up your guitar. I don’t have any scientific proof, but it is widely discussed on the internet and just generally among guitarists that old strings wear out and lose some of their high end. Sweat and dirt and grime build up. They start to corrode. My guess is that all of this dampens their ability to vibrate and get the fresh sound and tone anyone wants from their guitar. Some people change their strings every performance. Others never change them. Most people are somewhere in the middle depending on how much money they have and how much effort they put into changing their strings.
I change my strings fairly infrequently. I hardly ever break a string. I store the bulk of my guitars out in the open. My hands do get dirty and my strings do corrode. But I am cheap when it comes to guitar strings. I try to change them every few months. I buy a bunch every time they go on sale at my local guitar shop. But I don’t get a specific brand. I just stick with 10’s. I like the feel of 10’s over 9’s. I feel like I have to work a bit and get a better sound when I use 10’s. 9’s just seem week (and need to be changed even more often).
Does this make me a bad person? Does it really matter? Probably not. It is just one of those nights when I ramble. Goodnight.