What's With People Selling Old Strings?

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  1. James

    James Well-Known Member

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    So this is not an isolated case. Multiple people are listing old lots of strings. I even once seen someone brag because they were vintage strings.

    Is anyone buying these... I mean my time is too valuable to install dead and rusty strings.

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    One mans trash....
     
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    In my best Cleveland from Family Guy voice..... They's vintage may-an.
     

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    I wonder how many string collectors there are out there? You just know that someone has an example of almost every known set of guitar strings in their original package. Package variations, promos, by year manufactured. Someone is looking for that one rare set that they can snag and brag about on some discussion board.
     
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    Maybe I should just start selling my "gently used" strings
     
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    bc rich Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I found two sets of these in old combo amp i bought .
    Gave one away in a guitar sale , damn
    I see my ship a coming, one day i tell ya
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    And by gently used you mean sweat, skin, and some rust.
     
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    On TalkBass, people sell used strings all the time, but usually they're cases where someone tried a new brand of strings and didn't like them. Usually not used for very long. Some people like round-wound bass strings that are 'broken in' (past the obnoxious, bright, clanky phase), and many flatwound aficionados actually prefer dead strings.

    I've never bought used bass strings, but I've sold a couple sets. Bass strings are a lot more expensive than guitar strings, so if you drop $35 on a set of strings and hate 'em, you be lookin' to get some of that back.

    But that ain't what this is... I have no freakin' idea what this is.
     
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    The better Cleveland quote for this thread would be.......

     
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    I keep old sets that were not horrible when I changed, just so I have a bunch of extras sitting around. This lets me replace a string that breaks unexpectedly without having to short a whole new set. I'd never consider this a "collection of vintage strings" though - that's just crazy talk. If that works, I should have kept those vintage batteries that came out of tuners, pedals, guitars...
     
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    I could put together a box just like that. I was going to throw them out. Perhaps I will sell them instead.
     
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    If people can collect vacuum cleaners, why not used strings?

    As per my old metallurgy class, there must be some pretty good refined metals in them strings. And interesting conditioning too, I suppose.
     
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    You make it sound like they're selling used strings or something. They're not used, so seems pretty OK that they're old?
     
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    The part that bothers me about it is that the older ones are not usually sealed up like we are accustomed to today and have been exposed to humidity shifts for 15-20 years.
     
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    Well yeah but you're not buying vintage novelty strings for a modern sound
     
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    I made the assumption that these were used strings being sold. But even if they're not used, I doubt they have any life left in them.. Unless they've been hermetically sealed from moisture since they were made. Looking at all those open paper sleeves, I don't think so.
     
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    I save used sets so when I'm world famous I can offer them for sale along with locks of my hair, toenail clippings and signature bagels made with water from Queens.
     
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    I have a bunch of incomplete sets floating around, mainly EBSS when I was breaking the high E all the time. Since switching to DR Pure Blues I haven't had that issue. That and I'm not bending the shit out of them like I used to.

    One of these days I'll need to collect them and sell on eBay... Vintage, baby!
     

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