Free Guitar Strings for Life - Boil Them!1:19 AM
Coming home to LA means spending quality time with one of my favorites. With a killer voice, curves in all the right places, and a million hours nestled on my lap; I present to you, with reservation though, my wonderful music machine.
Why reservation? Because the strings are old, they sound terrible, are scratchy, and extremely dirty. However, many years ago I learned a method that transforms the old strings to sound new again. I will show you...
(Above) The "G" string covered in ugly.
(Above) The two images above are super close-up shots of what old guitar strings look like. This is the "A" string.
(Above) Remove all the strings by loosening the tuning pegs (gold things) and pulling out the bridge pins (black circle things).
(Above) Find soap, or detergent, or vinegar and wrap your strings so they fit inside a pot
(Above) Any pot will work, get permission from the kitchen owner before proceeding.
(Above) Boil soap+strings for about 5 minutes, stirring. Remove the strings, wipe them down and boil again for another 5 minutes.
Why I think this works: Boiling the strings removes all the yucky stuff you saw in the close-up pictures above. The clean strings are able to vibrate freely which makes the whole instrument sound way better.
Some say that if you place the recently boiled strings in ice water, the contraction will restore some of the tension in the metal and give new life to the strings. I don't know if this is true, but I do believe the boiling process does work to make old strings sound good again.
It's been over 7 years since my last string purchase. At $20/pack of strings and 12 changes/year for the average guitar player, we're looking at $20 X 12 x 7 = too many fish tacos to count!