How To Restore Old Guitar Strings

Today I’d like to show you a quick tip on how to restore old guitar strings making them feel and sound almost as good as new.

When it comes to the topic of making old guitar strings sound like new again there is a lot of contradicting advice on the internet.

Some say freezing them works, other prefer boiling or other bizarre solutions. I recommend the tried and true sandpaper method.

As you will see in the video, I take rusted and horrible sounding strings and make them shine with some fine-grain sandpaper and a little bit of elbow grease. I also throw on some lemon oil for good measure.

Even though this quick fix will extend the life of your guitar strings, there is a limit to how many times you can do it. I would say don’t try this on your strings more than twice.

Also, note that the wound strings do not benefit as much from this method as rust has the ability to get inside the wound. Remember to use fine-grain sandpaper. Also, try to keep the metal shavings from landing on the pick-up magnets. they will stick and it will be a little bit of trouble to get them off.

All things considered, you shouldn’t really be doing this to your guitar strings. However, if you’re on a budget or are not able to get new strings for a few days and are itching to playing a guitar that doesn’t sound and feel totally terrible, then this method will help.

I hope you all enjoyed this video on how to clean rusty electric guitar strings 🙂

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