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Strings FAQ

Treatment

Why do you treat strings? 

Why do you treat strings? 

Oxygen and moisture accelerate the natural corrosion that can happen with the more common metals used in string manufacturing. Our Lifespan treatment protects the surfaces of the metal from contact with oxygen and moisture. The build-up of dirt and grime on the surfaces and in the windings of strings can also lead to premature deadening of the strings. Our Lifespan treatment acts as a repellant to dirt and grime to help keep the strings cleaner.

How do you treat strings? 

How do you treat strings? 

We have developed a proprietary process for the treatment of strings that starts with the processes used in drawing the wire. We ensure that wire received in our facility is properly cleaned and prepared for our proprietary treatment. We then apply a process to create a chemical reaction that protects the surface of the metal at the molecular level. Strings are treated in a vacuum process to ensure thorough treatment of the windings and core. 

How is a treatment different from a coating? 

How is a treatment different from a coating? 

A treatment is designed to interact with the surface of the metal at the molecular level and not add mass to the metal. A coating is generally considered a barrier over the surface of the metal. A treatment generally does not affect the vibration pattern of a string in the same way that a coating might. Treatments will generally not flake or peel as the treatment is a modification of the surface at the molecular level.

How much longer does a treated string last? 

How much longer does a treated string last? 

Generally Lifespan treated strings will last 3 to 4 times longer than an untreated SP strings; however many conditions affect the life of a string. To maximize string life we recommend always washing your hands before playing, wipe down the strings with a dry cloth after playing, and store your guitar in your case when not in use.

How is Lifespan different from Cleartone? 

How is Lifespan different from Cleartone? 

Both are treatments designed to protect the surface of the metal. To develop our proprietary treatment we started with the process used to draw the wire. By taking the process of manufacturing a string back to the beginning, we were able to develop a more consistent application for our specific products.

Will I notice any difference between the old SP Lifespan and the new SP Lifespan? 

Will I notice any difference between the old SP Lifespan and the new SP Lifespan? 

We believe we have achieved greater consistency in the treatment process as well as a cleaner finished string and therefore you will notice improved performance in the life of your strings. We believe treatments provide a more natural feeling to the string as well as a more natural vibration pattern.

Did you change the price or any product information as a result? 

Did you change the price or any product information as a result? 

Our Manufacturers Suggested Retail Pricing remains the same for now. We have not changed the UPC or stock keeping unit numbers. We have however changed the description as we no longer use the Cleartone treatment process on the strings.

How do you know when to change a Lifespan string? 

How do you know when to change a Lifespan string? 

Strings usually require changing every few weeks; however playing style, desired sound and environmental conditions can impact the decision to change the strings. As a general rule, when strings require re-tuning often, it is time to change the strings.

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