What to do with old strings

Hello guys!

I have started noticing the strings that I put up on my Cort A4 (D’addario Light Gauge) are starting to get dull. Getting the slap sound is becoming harder for me and when I compare the sound to Josh’s videos now ( Doing the Papa’s got a brand new bag for gold stars) I can hear the big difference of brightness…

I was thinking that it has been about 6 months since I have changed them but looking at amazon order I can see that it has been only 2.5 months! I have been playing about 5-30 minutes every day…

Now I feel bad about needing to change them so often! What do you guys do with your “old” strings anyway?

In another forum someone was talking about sending them to Africa to musicians who would play even bicycle wires… (Which makes me even sadder in my European fantasy dreamworld)

Any creative and sustainable ideas?


This actually works, I tried it.


@howard that is great stuff! Thanks


I even don’t change my strings every 2.5 years, to be honest.


Update! This gave amazing results such a simple trick!

I put a thin piece of cloth to save the frets getting bumps and passed a couple of times with a piece of cloth to get the extra grime from the strings…

Someone explained the phenomenon as: when the tension is released the coils get tighter and push out the grime between them. Popping the strings shake this grime to come offççç

Thanks again @howard

Lol I can respect that… Maybe slap base is not much your style then ?


maybe :rofl: