|Acoustic Guitar Standard
-Ernie Ball Earthwood Phosphor Bronze.
-Ernie Ball Earthwood 80/20 Bronze.
-D'addario Phosphor Bronze
-D'addario 80/20 Bronze
Acoustic Guitar Step-up
-Ernie Ball Everlast Coated
-Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze
-D'addario EXP Coated
-D'addario Nickel Bronze
|Acoustic Guitar Premium
-Ernie Ball Paradigm
|Electric Guitar Standard
-Ernie Ball Nickel Wound
-D'addario Nickel Wound
Electric Guitar Step-up
-Ernie Ball Cobalt
|Electric Guitar Premium
-Ernie Ball Paradigm
|Why do strings need to be replaced?|
|There are two reasons why strings need to be replaced, poor quality of tone, and poor integrity of steel. Many players are of the opinion that a fresh set of strings offers the best tone. Steel strings are made up of a steel core with windings of varying materials that offer different flavors of tone. Windings of a set of strings will catch whatever is on the players hands and sink in-between, essentially muffling the affected strings tone. Imagine placing your hand onto the face of your instrument and playing. The added mass of your hand in dampening the tone of your instrument and improves when you remove it. The same goes for dirt/grease and string windings.
Over time steel looses its integrity while under tension. The obvious example is when a string looses all of its integrity and snaps. Before that string snapped however, the string was offering the player little stability while tuning as well as poor quality of tone. If you are experiencing difficulty tuning your instrument, its possible your strings have lost their integrity and ability to remain stable while under tension.
|How often should I replace my strings?|
|This is a broad question without a single answer. Many factors are in play such as, how often the guitar is played? How clean are the players hands? How aggressive of a player they are? These factors all effect how often a player should replace their strings. As a general rule, we suggest replacing strings on guitars and violins every three months for weekend warriors. For active players or gigging musicians, we recommend every other month. For touring musicians or studio players needing the best tone possible, we recommend every month.
|I have coated or corrosion resistant strings. Do I need to replace them just as often?|
|No. Coated or corrosion resistant strings, "treated" strings, do not need to be replaced as often as non-treated strings. The point of treated strings is so that less oil and dirt from the players hands is able to get in-between string windings essentially muffling or "deadening" tone. However, treated strings are still subject to its steel core loosing integrity. When the strings are no longer able to hold tune properly, the strings need to be replaced.
Players have differing opinions regarding coated strings. My personal opinion is that they are not as clear sounding as uncoated strings. In a previous "answer" I asked that you imagine placing your hand on your instrument and playing. You can expect your tone to be diminished or muffled. Essentially adding mass hampers vibrations. This has been my experience with coated strings. With this line of thinking, a new set of coated strings does not sound as "open" or "clear" as an uncoated set of strings. The benefit of coated strings is that they will hold their tone longer than uncoated strings. The question however then, is the tone that is lasting longer the tone I am looking for? For many players the answer is yes. For me personally, the answer is no. There is so much variety in string tone that I highly recommend every player try a set of coated and uncoated strings so they may decide for themselves which offers them the right tone.
There is such a thing as an instrument sounding "too open," meaning there are too many vibrations happening and the instrument sounds busy or clustered rather than smooth and clear. A coated set of strings may help dampen some of the instruments vibrations in order to reach more of a balanced tone between bass, middle, and treble frequencies.
|What are the benefits to your restring subscription?|
|Consistent quality of tone, improved play-ability, improved health of the instrument, and monetary savings. Replacing strings regularly will maintain your instruments quality of tone. We'll keep you sounding great whether you're a weekend warrior, gigging musician, or touring/studio player. Our restringing service involves polishing frets or fingerboards for smoothness and play-ability. For rosewood and ebony fingerboards we use lemon oil to remove dirt and grease while at the same time hydrating to prevent shrinkage or cracking. By signing up for our subscription service, customers receive a discount between 28%-36% on labor and price of the chosen set of strings. Price varies based on chosen strings and frequency of restrings.
|How long is the subscription?|
|What are my payment options?|
|Upon completion of restringing service or in one full payment.
|How does the service work?|
|Customers interested in our service will need to fill out the "Restring Subscription" form on the Subscription page. A start date will be arranged between Davids' Broken Note and the customer. Two weeks prior to the next restringing service, Davids' Broken Note will contact the customer to arrange a date to drop off as well as pickup the instrument. Customers who have signed up for the Restring Subscription are considered priority and can expect their instrument completed within 24 hours. Customers who signup for our subscription service are agreeing to a year long contract with a choice of string quality and frequency of service. For new players or those wishing to try our service we suggest out quarterly service of 4 restrings a year.
|I own multiple instruments. Do I need a subscription for each instrument?|
|No. Our subscription is household based. Any instrument of the same type, may be brought in for service under an active subscription. If a customer signs up for a guitar restring subscription, they may bring any guitar they own for a restring service. Customers are limited only by their choice in frequency. Customers who sign up for quarterly based, will receive 4 restrings a year. Customers wanting every other month, will receive 6 restrings a year. Customers wanting every month, will receive 12 restrings a year.|