Although this is a fairly easy question to answer, you may get different opinions on this depending upon who you pose the question to. One popular band, for example, is said to have their guitar tech change their guitar strings for every show.
In my opinion, if a person is in a situation that might require them to change strings frequently or they have the budget that makes it feasible or a string endorsement deal, then they can restring their guitar as often as they deem necessary, but this is more the exception than the rule.
For the majority of guitarist not gigging on the road with a band day in and day out, changing guitar strings every one to three months makes a lot more sense and is much more budget friendly. Note, weather conditions such as humidity, extreme cold and moisture can affect the quality of life of guitar strings.
It really all comes down to how frequently one plays their guitar and how often they wipe the strings down after playing (Use a dry cloth). A good rule of thumb is to pay attention to whether or not there is oil build up on the strings, because oil from our fingers naturally accumulates over time on the strings as well as the guitar fretboard, and it is at this point that it is a good idea to remove the old set of strings and wipe the guitar down so that you have a clean fretboard to put a new set of strings on.
I created a video on how to restring the guitar watch HERE
Also, see my blog on Selecting Guitar Strings HERE
Tools You May Need (The Tools I Use)
- Speed Winder
- Wire Cutters
- 2 x Packet of New Strings (extra in case one string snaps)
- Dry Rag for Cleaning
- Water/Vinegar Mixture or Guitar Wood Oil