New vs. Old Guitar Strings

Anybody who’s played guitar for awhile knows that changing an old, worn set of strings to a new set makes your guitar sound like a new instrument. While this isn’t the most glamorous topic in the world, it’s one that’s often overlooked by guitarists of all experience levels.  Putting a fresh set of strings on your guitar or bass is a very quick, easy and inexpensive way to make your guitar sound immensely better!

In this video I demonstrate the difference between an old set of strings (which had been on the guitar for about 5 to 6 months) and a new set. The strings used are Elixir Phosphor Bronze 11-52. You’ll hear a fuller and louder tone from the new strings as well as more high end, more presence and longer sustain on the new set.

If you’re unfamiliar with Elixir strings, they’re made with a protective coating that allows them to last 3-5 times longer than an average non-coated string.  They also have a smoother feel to them when playing.  Not everyone likes this, but most people do.  While they do cost about 2 times more than the average non-coated string, they’re still a great value since they allow your guitar to sound great for a significantly longer time.  And if you’re anything like me between being either busy or lazy (or a combination of both) you probably don’t change your strings nearly as often as you should.

If possible try to watch this video on a computer with good speakers as the differences aren’t nearly as obvious if listening with lesser quality speakers.

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