Bad guitar dad.....

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  1. BMiller

    BMiller New Member

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    Hi, my name is Brandon and I'm a bad guitar dad. Most of us become bad guitar parents because we neglect the others as we reach for our favorite. All are treated equally in my home as I rotate through them all as evenly as possible. But something dawned upon me.....and I was horrified.

    I was playing the other night (had the rare opportunity to play for about 4 hour straight....empty house....no interruptions) and rotated through all of my guitars. Purposefully used different guitars on different songs just to see what I could make them do (McCarty for Megadeth and CU24 for Weezer type thing). Nothing wanted to stay in tune. At first I blamed the weather. It is spring/summer here in Iowa and humidity levels are a changing. It's not bad enough here to kick in the AC yet so the windows are open 24/7. But after a bit of playing, I was out of tune again. Little to no trem use (my McCarty doesn't even have a trem!) Everything.....going to crap.

    And then I looked at my strings. They look fine and fresh......all smiles and shine. No corrosion nor wear. They look like I replaced them yesterday.

    Wait. When was the last time that I replaced a broken string? When was the last time that I replaced a set? Other than the extra packs that I keep in every guitar case, where are my bulk packs? Where are my nippers? How the hell do the winged tuners on my CU24 or CE24 work?

    And then it dawned upon me......

    I haven't changed the strings on my guitars for well over 2 years. Longer than that in some cases. My go to PRS is the 96 CE24. It sees 7-10 hours a week of play time at home plus a weekly band rehearsal (I play in a cover band and it's the most versatile and inexpensive guitar in my herd for that application). Two and a half years on the same strings.

    When I owned other brands, I'd replace strings every two weeks.....or at least before any gig. Around that interval, I knew that one was ready to break. And break they did on those import guitars (even with a good setup). But I've never broken a string a PRS. EVER. Don't know why.....maybe the way it hangs changed my pick attack. Maybe because of how the bridge is constructed and filed. Maybe some magic dust in the glue PRS uses. But I don't break strings anymore.

    None the less, I admit to being a bad guitar dad and not changing strings as I should. They look good....they feel good.....hell, they even sound good. But they just can't take the beating like they used to.

    And in case you're interested, these are all D'Addario XL110s (except for the 11's on the DGT and the 9's on the SE Tremonti Custom). I don't have acidic sweat or gunky hands. I don't wipe down my guitars after playing. I don't oil my fretboards. I really don't do much to take care of my guitars......and they all look clean and minty even though they all get played every day.

    Signed -

    Bad Guitar Dad......
     
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  2. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    I am similarly guilty.
     
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  3. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    “Calling People vs Mr. S. Are you ready for sentencing?”

    “Yes your honor.”

    “You were found guilty of failing to change strings on a private stock PRS in a timely fashion. Have you anything to say before I pronounce sentence?”

    “Just that...well...I apologize to the guitar and to the guitar family for my error, and it won’t happen again, your honor.”

    “Thank you, Mr. S, but that’s a load. This is not your first offense. It is the sentence of this court that you are prohibited from buying a guitar for 5-10 years. Got that?”

    “Yes, sir.”

    “Fine. You will also report to the probation department so they can see if you’ve changed strings once a month. Call the next case, bailiff.”
     
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  4. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    Yeah, I have 4 guitars I know need string changes that I haven’t gotten around to.

    But more importantly: if you can play all of your guitars in 4 hours, you don’t have enough.
     
  5. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    You are SO lucky you didn't get 10 years' hard labor in the string mines. Happened to a friend of mine...

    We all get that you're building the case for an insanity plea via this forum, but I recommend for the moment you stick with "reckless endangerment of a stringed instrument" or "negligence".
     
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  6. jb_abides

    jb_abides New Member

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    The trick here is that they aren't old and used enough. They are still stretching... too NOS fresh. Weren't stretched enough!! Boil them first -- Stretch them out -- Tune 'em uo -- Keep them on till they break. They should hold tune very well... all other things being OK.

    Even if you sound duller and more lifeless. Move along ... :)
     
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  7. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    I must be one of those weirdos that actually enjoys changing strings.

    It’s a therapeutic process for me, strings off, top, headstock and fretboard cleansed, fretboard oiled if needed, new strings applied, stretched, excess string clipped and new string tonal nirvana achieved.

    Ah bliss!
     
  8. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    I used to think like guitars were "children". Not anymore. They are tools. I love them, but not like I love my kids.
     
  9. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    I rarely clean my guitars and have never oiled a fretboard. I'm in a handbasket for sure.
     
  10. WA Paul

    WA Paul It’s ok...I’m with Manny dog

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    My cleaning involves wiping down with a dry cloth after playing. That’s it. Bigger cleaning at occasional setup once every blue moon, but still have never needed to oil a fretboard. Guitars are better than cars that way!

    I still haven’t changed the strings on my avatar and that’s now coming up on a year....:rolleyes:
     
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  11. BMiller

    BMiller New Member

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    Well holy cow....I'm not the only one guilty of this. Makes me feel a bit better.

    But two and half years on a set of strings......wow. I don't know if it's a testament to the strings or the guitar. I play daily and I don't go easy on them. But they keep on rocking.

    However......its time for a string changing party......they just don't hold tune like they should anymore.
     
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  12. g.wizz

    g.wizz Nabs

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    I don't play in a band, my hands don't sweat, I don't wipe my guitar after playing, I used to break a string every few months and that mainly because
    I pull the bridge backwards for a bit of fun, and it takes me a year to change a set of strings now oh wait, I never changed the strings on my Ted since
    I got it 2 and half years ago and I play it more than my 513 although recently I'm practicing maybe on weekends.
     
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  13. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    You may have to join me in the string mines, my friend.
     
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  14. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    I restrung three guitars tonight as a result off reading this thread. Another couple and I'm caught up!

    Two had Floyds and one's a 7-string, too!
     
  15. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    I sentence you both to three “Hail Bigsby’s”:p
     
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  16. Tosca

    Tosca Death by a million mini-toggles...

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    Fixed...I’m sure this is what you really meant...
     
  17. Rider1260

    Rider1260 New Member

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    my solution has been to buy new guitars with new strings and sell the older ones off :)
     
  18. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Show off:p
     
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  19. Tosca

    Tosca Death by a million mini-toggles...

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    Unfortunately there is no simple procedure (like a vasectomy or tubal ligation) to limit our ability to “conceive” more guitars than we can properly care for.
     
  20. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I'm in this camp as well. At least I am when I get a new guitar. Fret board cleaning and new strings whenever I get a new guitar. Record that on my spreadsheet and I'm all set.

    (minimizes screen to open said spreadsheet)

    Crap! I'm a bad dad, too!!!!!!!!!

    Guitar Date Strings Fretboard Cleaning
    Cu22 5/1/2016 x x
    SC Ted 5/1/2016 x
    West St 7/1/2017 x x
    Hollowbody II 3/21/2018 x x
    Spec SH Ltd 12/26/2018 x
    509 12/27/2018 x
    EC Strat 1/1/2019 x
    Cu24 3/11/2019 x x
    EG Proto 3/12/2019 x x
    Tremonti 3/15/2019 x x
    Majesty 4/4/2019 x
    Dirty 100 5/1/2019 x x
    DGT 5/30/2019 x x
     
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