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Friday, January 12, 2007

Buying Strings

I just sent in an order for 9 sets of strings, 3 heavy, 3 medium, and 3 extra light. They are Elixirs, and even after looking all over the 'Net, the best price, including shipping, runs well over a hundred bucks. This hurts.

How long do strings last? They need to last a good long time when you have several twelve-strings. Changing them takes about an hour if all goes well. Sometimes when you think they need changing - the guitar sounds dull - a day later everything seems fine. What is that? Humidity, bad mood?

It used to be that new strings always made the guitar sound new. Lately this hasn't been the case, and I sometimes wonder if I should have even bothered changing them. I don't know if this is characteristic of Elixirs, which I only started using in the last couple of years, or if it is my aging ears that no longer hear the new highs. New strings used to be cause for endless hours of musical haze, playing brightness, new sounds, new sensations. Now I seldom hear much of a difference. When I was younger I may have gone many months between changing strings. Maybe that's it. I should leave these suckers on longer. Yet I have a new bunch of strings inward bound, and the thoughts of the sounds of new strings calls to me like a drug.

Time to change strings!

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