Boiling Guitar Strings – Does It Really Work?

[caption id="attachment_2962" align="alignleft" width="150"]Does Boiling Guitar Strings Really Work? Not Convinced That Cooking Guitar Strings Really Works – But Maybe I Just Forgot The Spices?![/caption]

Ever since I started getting interested in guitars and guitarists, I came across quotes by players claiming that boiling guitar strings was something they had to do because they simply couldn’t afford to buy new ones. I personally never met anybody who actually tried that and who could share some first hand experience with me. Well, time for a little experiment and I guess I’ll find out myself. The video below documents the whole project of removing a set of seven months old strings from my Dobro, boiling them and then putting them back on. Let’s see if there is an audible and visible difference after they spent some time cooking on the stove.