ok, i know this question has no straightforward answer but after how long, or after how much playing does it take before you feel the need to change all your strings? i'm particularly interested in what players who use argentine strings have to say...thanks...
In general I would expect about 30 hours out of a set but that is my personal opinion and everyone is different.
Sometimes before the month's up, the high E might break or along with the B get rusted so then I just change those.
As for stretching them, I don't do it too much if I'm not going to perform, since all it really does is wear them in a bit so they don't last as long.
Someone once told me you should wipe down the fretboard with boiled linseed oil while the strings are off...
I'm not to up on the technicalities of guitar construction here, but i have an Hommage Oval Hole and I am about to change the strings for the first time. Any thoughts on maintenance during string changes would be well received
Oh, and stay away from silicone or anything that contains silicone or silicone oils because they never ever ever go away... they just keep penetrating and looking for stuff to lubricate... and I can guarantee that you don't want to lubricate the glue joints on a guitar or lubricate under your lacquer... etc.
Frank Ford has some good advice on cleaning up a guitar.
http://www.frets.com/FRETSPages/Musicia ... ing02.html