Learn how to dispose of the old strings from your acoustic guitar to ensure that your instrument will remain in tune and play music beautifully in this free video series.
MATT GRAHAM: Now, you've changed the strings on your guitar but you've got the old strings that you took off as well as these clippings that you've just removed from the headstock. I want to talk a little bit about the disposing of these properly. With both, you can start with the old strings, you can wind them in a--just a loose bundle like this. And I have an old practice guitar at home. It's kind of my second-string guitar and sometimes I'll--if these sets have a little life in them, I'll just put them on that guitar. Sometimes, it's kind of an old-folk legend that you can actually boil your strings in vinegar and water, and it removes a lot of the oils and the dirt that gets in between the grooves of the strings and caused them to lose their life. It will freshen up the sound of these old strings a little bit to do that but, yeah, generally, unless you're going to slap them on an old practice guitar, you can just get rid of them. And the way I would do that is you wind your old strings and then you would take your clippings and very carefully, because they have so many sharp ends, you just kinda wrap them into a loose bundle as well. It's just going to make them more compact. You don't want to throw these into like a plastic garbage bag or a paper waste basket because they might poke out of the trash bag and cut somebody or poke somebody on the leg or the arm. And so I like to take them, all my bundled strings that I'm going to throw out, and just put them back into the box that the new strings came from and that will keep those sharp ends from poking out and getting in your body. And then I'll throw them away and enjoy the sound of my new strings.