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Slightly tarnished high-E string

Postby garrettendi » Tue May 05, 2020 12:05 pm

My telecaster hasn’t been played in over 6 months (I have a new guitar now) and the high e string has a very small amount of what looks like rust/tarnish.

I've ordered new strings which should arrive promptly, but is it ok to play the guitar while I wait?
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Re: Slightly tarnished high-E string

Postby Wonks » Tue May 05, 2020 12:10 pm

Yes. It will just sound a bit dull and the string won't feel nice to play, and probably won't intonate well. There will be slightly more fret wear from the rusty string, but you won't be playing it long enough for it to make any impact.
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Re: Slightly tarnished high-E string

Postby garrettendi » Tue May 05, 2020 12:11 pm

Cheers Wonks :thumbup:
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Re: Slightly tarnished high-E string

Postby shufflebeat » Tue May 05, 2020 12:15 pm

Slip some kitchen roll under the string, spray it with furniture polish then wrap it round and slide it along the string. You're changing them anyway so don't fret too much about it [comedy trumpet sound].
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Re: Slightly tarnished high-E string

Postby garrettendi » Tue May 05, 2020 12:17 pm

shufflebeat wrote:You're changing them anyway so don't fret too much about it [comedy trumpet sound].

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Re: Slightly tarnished high-E string

Postby zenguitar » Tue May 05, 2020 12:22 pm

If you have one of those kitchen cleaning sponges with the green non-metallic scrubber layer on the top, use the green scrubber to give the string a good wipe. Use it dry, no water/soap.

That should remove the bulk of the tarnish without doing any damage.

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Re: Slightly tarnished high-E string

Postby garrettendi » Tue May 05, 2020 12:24 pm

zenguitar wrote:If you have one of those kitchen cleaning sponges with the green non-metallic scrubber layer on the top, use the green scrubber to give the string a good wipe. Use it dry, no water/soap.

That should remove the bulk of the tarnish without doing any damage.

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Good shout! I'll see how it plays without doing that and if I encounter problems I'll try it. My strings have already been dispatched so with a little luck I might be spending my Bank Holiday Friday restringing anyways
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Re: Slightly tarnished high-E string

Postby Kwackman » Tue May 05, 2020 12:31 pm

Is the High E the thinnest string (highest pitch) or the thickest (highest vertically)?
Always confuses me that!

Anyhow, if it's the thinnest, perhaps it's not a bad idea to have a couple as spares as it tends to be the one that'll break first if you are really heavy with the strumming, or get damaged (kinked) if, like me, you are a little ham fisted when putting new strings on.
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Re: Slightly tarnished high-E string

Postby garrettendi » Tue May 05, 2020 12:32 pm

Good idea! Maybe after lockdown I'll see if any local shops sell single strings. Only issue is if they age as they might not be in foil.

EDIT: It is the thinnest btw!
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Re: Slightly tarnished high-E string

Postby blinddrew » Tue May 05, 2020 1:09 pm

D'addario do 5 packs of high Es of various thickness. One of our band songs involves me banging on the bridge rather than strumming and that does seem to shorten the life of my top Es on that guitar.
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Re: Slightly tarnished high-E string

Postby zenguitar » Tue May 05, 2020 1:11 pm

All Rotosound sets come with a spare top E.

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Re: Slightly tarnished high-E string

Postby garrettendi » Tue May 05, 2020 1:15 pm

I use Regular Slinkies :thumbdown:
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Re: Slightly tarnished high-E string

Postby Kwackman » Tue May 05, 2020 1:23 pm

garrettendi wrote:I use Regular Slinkies :thumbdown:
Ernie Ball sell single "10" strings, available in several places including on-line
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Re: Slightly tarnished high-E string

Postby Sam Spoons » Tue May 05, 2020 1:24 pm

Kwackman wrote:Is the High E the thinnest string (highest pitch) or the thickest (highest vertically)?
Always confuses me that!

You're not the only one, but for the record it's pitch, the high E is also known as the first string and it's the highest pitched/thinnest string.
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Re: Slightly tarnished high-E string

Postby garrettendi » Tue May 05, 2020 1:27 pm

Kwackman wrote:
garrettendi wrote:I use Regular Slinkies :thumbdown:
Ernie Ball sell single "10" strings, available in several places including on-line

Aha! I did not know that!
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