i dont think so. it just adds so much of a better sound. richer, brighter, warmer, nicer, etc. just put on some new strings, and love em (new set, not new brand, still use dr pure blues .9's).
i used to change strings every 2-4 weeks, but for some reason i didnt change em in like 4 months. ekk. cleaned the fret board, new strings, and im living large!