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« on: June 17, 2009, 06:59:41 AM »

I have some Elixer Nanowebs & Polywebs that are probably 4 years old. I also have some D'Addario EXPs that are around 3 years old, and some Newtones  that are 2 years old. I actually don't change strings except maybe once a year, but I don't play my guitars as often as I'd like to anymore, and maybe only for 15 minutes when I do get a chance. (Sad, but true!) On the other hand, my two main guitars always sound great to me despite having old strings!

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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2009, 07:20:43 AM »

Hello John, I don't really know the answer to this, I assume they should be safe being that they haven't been opened and exposed to air or sweaty fingers. But in saying that, we might wait for the forum experts to diagnose.
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2009, 12:03:23 PM »

I have some old (but new) nylon strings over 20 years old and they still work.
...and they are not sealed in an air tight bag.
...probably not 100% but its just for playing at home for hobby...
They still sound good to me.

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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2009, 06:34:14 PM »

Try a set out and see how they do.  I would expect that there are some stores that still sell strings from a year or two ago that they buy in bulk.  I don't think you'll have to much of an issue with them.  If you only play your guitars a handful of times per year then I think your free of much worry.
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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2009, 12:38:51 AM »

I think they are just about good forever. The metal fatigue begins to set in once the strings are stretched when tunded.  This assumes they aren't exposed to some corrosive environment.
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« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2009, 02:17:48 AM »

D'addario strings are sealed, aren't they?  +1
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« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2009, 02:17:53 PM »

I keep my bulk strings in a sealed Ziplock with a desiccant packet just to be on the safe said....no problems so far!

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