Should I change factory strings?
I recently got my Squier Jag VM, and I honestly don't know enough yet about it or bass to know. I believe the strings it ships with are Fender 7250's.
If the sound of the bass isn't right to you, you can try. No need really unless the strings are old.
Personally, I would - but I've experimented with lots of strings and have found some I really like.
Generally, flatwound strings sound darker but feel smooth, nickle rounds are a bit rougher and have more string noise but also more clarity, and stainless steel strings are usually the roughest feeling but also the brightest and growliest. If you're going to experiment, have fun!
it can be overwhelming for someone starting out, since there are so many choices out there. my advice would be to start simple.
go pick up a set of moderately priced 45-105 nickel strings. if they're too dark sounding, you can go to stainless steel; or too bright, you can go flatwound.
without knowing what style you play in or sound you like, i would start there and then address any issues or anything else from there.
have fun and best of luck!
If you're starting out, I'd keep them unless a problem develops. A tip that I've learned is that when you start seeing small silver lines on the strings where the frets are, it's usually a time to start changing. Make sure it's been awhile, (2-3 months) because the G string has these silver marks relatively early.
Stick with what you got, and maybe look out for what you'd like when it's time for a change so you know what you're getting.
Red silk or no silk?
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