Managing String Changes on Multiple Guitars

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Introduction: Managing String Changes on Multiple Guitars

About: I'm just a compulsive DIYer that plays guitar and tries to fix just about everything around the house and garage. Sometimes I even succeed!

This Instructable describes a simple method to help keep track of string changes on multiple guitars. Like many guitar owners you probably have too many guitars to easily remember when you did your last string change on each one. Plus if you do modifications, it’s hard to remember what you did and when.

The method is simple: When you do string changes, cut the front of the package out and tack that to a cork board. Label the package front with date label (or write on the back of the package front). As you do changes over time, you can keep adding date labels. If you are experimenting with different string types, this lets you keep track of those as well.

If you make modifications to the guitar, you can add that to the package front as well.

I use plastic sleeves and can keep several different guitars in each sleeve to save space on my small cork board. One watch out – when I started doing this, I used a label machine to label each sleeve. The problem is when I sell a guitar it’s hard to take the old label off.

For what it’s worth, I tend to think each guitar as being either active or non-active. So my active guitars get regular string changes and the non-active ones are changed maybe once a year (or if I think I’m going to use it to record or something).

I thought of using something like Excel – but if you've got a guitar hanging on you, the PC may not be that handy.

I’d love to hear what others are doing to track their string changes! Leave a comment!

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    Hey, that's really cool (and free!) I like the schedule part of it. Thanks for letting us know about this!

    Yeah, I'm tracking around 60 guitars this way. No more guessing.

    Great idea on keeping track on when to change your strings.