I finally changed the strings on my 1974 Epiphone Crestwood. It sounds so much more alive. I should’ve done it a long time ago. In fact, the more I think about it, the old strings may have been the original strings that came with the guitar when I bought it.
That seems a bit extreme.
Ok, maybe I changed them out one time. Maybe. But there is a pretty good chance I didn’t.
I know I’ve read lots of articles and blog entries from other people about how frequently people change out their strings. Sometimes it is just when they break. Other times it is when they just feel gross. Some do it every 6 months. Others every month. And others every show.
I think at one point I was changing out my strings every couple of months, but I was burning through string sets and am too cheap to keep that up.
I don’t break strings very often (a good set up, playing 10’s, and a relatively gentle playing style help), so that isn’t a good reason to change strings for me.
And I have changed the strings on all my other guitars more often than on my Epiphone Crestwood. But the action was so good from the original set up. And I wasn’t sure what gauge strings were actually used. They felt like 10’s. But they were on a shorter scale guitar than the usual 25.5 inch scale I’m used to with most of my other guitars, so they felt different.
So I didn’t change them and just kept playing the guitar as if I had just bought it.
But the new strings, minor truss rod adjustment, and slight bridge height adjustment have made it come back to life like when I first purchased it. I should’ve done this a long time ago.
Guitars are made of wood and metal. They need to be cares for and adjusted back to their optimal set up. Relying on old strings and old set ups is not the best way. You don’t rely on the last time you tuned the guitar, so rely on the old set up?
I will make the extra effort to keep my guitars in top shape (minus new strings every week).