Uses for Old Guitar Strings?

September 13, 2006

Unstrung Guitar strings on white backgroundDo you have an ideas to reuse old, worn out guitar strings?



February 5, 20030 found this helpful
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Here are some uses I have found for using my old strings:

I used them for cutting cheese. They also are the best cutter for homemade soap, whether you bake it yourself, or buy a large soap loaf.

You can also use them for cutting rolls of cookies or cinnamon.

To make the strings safe without hurting fingers, my husband secured them to wooden dowels.

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By zechaeriah (Guest Post)
August 16, 20041 found this helpful
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There should definitely be a place to mail your old and broken strings to set up by guitar string manufacturers. As a musician I'm very bothered by much of the ethics of guitar manufacturers in general, but this one is a biggie.

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By just someone... (Guest Post)
May 14, 20080 found this helpful
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A really simple use too is the old fashioned pick necklace. You put a hole into an old pick, use an E string and slide it through the pick. I had mine for a while.

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By Les McDonald (Guest Post)
April 4, 20040 found this helpful

I cut them into 10 inch pieces ( tops and bottoms ), then stick them into a wine bottle CORK.
Hotglue the flat end of the cork to an old CD..
Hotglue a couple of guitar picks together so they look like butterflys and then hotglue those to any of the strings..


Makes a beautiful center piece, especially when the sun hits it..

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By SaveTheEarth (Guest Post)
August 9, 20040 found this helpful

PLEASE! Recycle them to help cut down on new destructive metals mining in the mountains. The string manufacturers/distributors should be taking the lead on this one. "Enlightened" musicians toss out tons of this metal annually. Can we do better? Or are we too busy getting loaded?

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August 17, 20040 found this helpful

We could start a letter writing campaign asking them to provide for or recommend how to recycle our strings. Here is the contact form for Gibson


and Martin's contact page.

- Susan

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By Nancy (Guest Post)
September 13, 20060 found this helpful

I would think you could use them for beaded projects, like jewelry, mobiles, etc. If I think of anything else...I'll post again.

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By Arthur (Guest Post)
October 17, 20060 found this helpful

some scientists estimate that many metals we use for day to day things will be exhausted in 50 years. Recycle aluminum cans, guitar strings, everything you can!

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By ShadyWilbury (Guest Post)
January 20, 20080 found this helpful

The project which sends used strings to musicians in South America is called the Second Strings project.

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By Tom Sturges (Guest Post)
February 27, 20080 found this helpful

Make some kinda mini instrument that you can attach to your acoustic guitar and have sympathetic strings!

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