Grooves in my strings!

GAZ082

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Hello there! I have not playing for like, 6 months. The las time i've played was in a hotel on vacations, 5000 ft over the sea level.

These last couple of days started to play again and noticed my strings are really stiff. After a closer inspection, i found that grooves were formed in every string intersection! I could not even move them without doing a lot of force!

I'm on my way of doing a new string job, but just wanted to let you know this fact just for the sake of guessing what may have happened to the stings. Do external conditions (heat/cold, high altitude, etc) may have affected them?
 

Toad

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It's called notching. It happens to every string and is just due to wear...think about it...if you impact the same spot on a surface over and over or if you leave large concentrated force on a surface for an extended period of time, a dent will form. Poly strings are the most resilient type so they can take a bigger beating before notching.
 

jim e

Legend
Poly strings are the most resilient type so they can take a bigger beating before notching.
You have it backwards.
Actually poly strings are the least resilient type, as nat. gut is the most resilient. As resiliency is by definition elasticity, as what stretches must recover, and recovery rate of nat. gut is unmatched by any synthetic, and it will seek its original state after its stretched and upon its release. Polyester is the exact opposite, as it does not recover to its natural state.
 
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Toad

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You have it backwards.
Actually poly strings are the least resilient type, as nat. gut is the most resilient. As resiliency is by definition elasticity, as what stretches must recover, and recovery rate of nat. gut is unmatched by any synthetic, and it will seek its original state after its stretched and upon its release. Polyester is the exact opposite, as it does not recover to its natural state.
You're right, the property I was looking for was abrasion resistance.
 
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