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    Strings expiry date?

    Do the strings have an expiry date?

    I regularly buy electric guitar strings from ebay sellers, and I buy at least 10 packages every time. I know the strings are in plastic sealed bag but is it safe to store them for a year or longer?

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    I have with mine and they seem to do okay. I'm sure if the strings were exposed to extreme temperatures, even in the sealed packs, then that may effect their life length but for the most part you should be good.

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    Our element shield packaging (that GHS ripped off heheh) is impervious to even chuck norris...no worries
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    I keep a few sets in my gig bag as backups, and have opened and used them when they were easily over a year old with no problem.

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    Even before the sealed packaging I didn't have issues with the strings keeping for a few months...
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    I recently found an old bag of spares in an unused gig bag that has to be six years old. Those strings are still pretty good!
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    actually they were better then....HAHAHAHAHAHAHA Just giving an internet response
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    Hey BP, with the Ernie Ball strings, will they still do good if left in the sealed packages but if they were exposed to extreme elements such as left in a hot car in summer time? That is pretty cool if so.

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    yes
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    What if you put them in the microwave?
    -Ben

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    not good unless its with a poodle
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    That's where I keep the poodle so that's going to work for me.

    "the poodle bites"

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    I've buried all my strings in the garden over the winter.... dug a pack up this morning - and still minty fresh - perfection never expires!
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    Nuts, Smelly. You're supposed to bury your nuts.

    I don't have a microwave. Really, it's true.

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    Know but there is a good chance you were dropped on your head as a child...
    I watch almost no television...I drink nespresso pods..and am a capricorn
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