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Local music store recycles old guitar strings and gives away new onesSubmitted: 04/20/2019
Dan Hagen
Dan Hagen
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dhagen@wjfw.com

Local music store recycles old guitar strings and gives away new ones
RHINELANDER - Guitar strings lose their rich sound whether they're being played or just sitting in an attic. The Northland Music Center gave their customers a fresh set Saturday for free to celebrate Earth Day a little early. 

Co-owner Will Roffers had a busy Saturday morning.

"I would say we're probably in the twenties at this point an hour and a half in," said Roffers working on a guitar inside Northland Music Center in Rhinelander.

He and his co-workers have been re-stringing guitars and recycling the old strings.

It's part of string company D'Addario's international effort to keep highly-recyclable metal guitar strings out of the landfill. 

"The amount of strings that go in the garbage is phenomenal so this is really taking a dent out of that," said Roffers.


The event doubled as Northland Music's customer appreciation day. They gave out free food and raffled off a new ukulele.

"Grab a bite to eat, throw your guitar down, we'll recycle the old strings and put new ones on it," said Roffers.
Max Kaether brought in his Floyd Rose electric guitar - one of seven guitars that he owns.

"I have kind of an addiction to getting them," said Kaether.

He's here because of his passion for music, and so that six less strings end up in the landfill.

"It's a great thing to have this going on, and it's a good way to recycle," said Kaether.

Fifty-one guitars were restrung today at Northland Music Center. Six strings per instrument means 306 strings were recycled all together.


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