Strings wearing out practicing blues licks and bends. Should I but singles as spares?

I broke a string for the first time while practicing the 5 Blues Licks from Pattern 1. After replacing the strings (from Fender Bullets to Regular Slinky) and moving on to practicing the 5 Blues Licks from Pattern 2, it looks like the first 2 strings are already worn down at the frets used for bends. Should I buy single strings to replace the 1st & 2nd strings while working on bending, or should I buy a whole different set of strings that are more resilient?

Some oddity in the site - this just came to the top of my ‘latest topics’ list in October, yet it was posted in June? This may be why it wasn’t answered.

@syungbluth, If you are seeing wear on strings, then that seems like something to look into. I replace my strings about every 10-12 weeks. I rotate between three guitars and play 60-120 minutes a day. I have never noticed string wear. I do see a little wear in frets, but this is after 2+. years.

If you are seeing string wear, then look at your frets. They should have a polished surface. If they are rough, this could be wearing strings. You can also make sure to keep fingers and fretboard clean. I live in an area with gritty dust in the air that can accumulate on a dirty fretboard.

It is reasonable to polish frets. I use a very fine sandpaper, about 8000 grit, around a small hard foam block. I tape over the wood with painter’s tape to protect it. You are not trying to take off fret material, just get a clean polish on them. It generally doesn’t take more than dozen passes with the sandpaper per fret.


Richard was doing some editing and moving posts, that’s why it appeared as new in Oct.

Thanks! I have noticed a handful of posts in the last 2-3 days that were unanswered. I feel bad for the new members that may think we are not an active and attentive crew here.

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