Ed Friedland's 10 year old steels

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by sigmafloyd, Dec 10, 2012.


  1. sigmafloyd

    sigmafloyd

    Joined:
    May 1, 2011
    I was watching this youtube video of Ed Friedland demoing a dimarzio pickup when he mentioned having a 10 year old set of Labella Hard Rockin Steels on his P bass.

    I haven't really considered steels that much (mostly flats and nickels), but the sound of those made me change my mind. I had no idea people left steel strings on that long.

     
  2. Modern Growl

    Modern Growl Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2005
    Location:
    NY/NJ Metro Area
    Steels left on for a while provide a warm, yet very articulate (fast reacting to the touch) tone.

    I leave my steel strings on a while. They dont have the sluggish response I hear from nickels. They "react" quick to the touch.... and as they age, they "warm" up.

    I don't know about 10 years tho.... I'll usually go about 3-6 months depending on how much that specific bass is being played.
     
  3. Mikhail1

    Mikhail1

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2008
    Ten years is nothing, I once left a set of Rotosounds 66's on an Aria Precise bass for fifteen years. In all fairness, I had gigged them for only about 3-4 years and only occassional jamming with them after that. In fact they were still on the bass when I sold it. They definitely needed replacing but still held tune and had a very mellow, nickel like tone. Since I always wiped them, they still looked good and had little if any tarnish.
     
  4. Josh Pelican

    Josh Pelican

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2008
    Location:
    Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
    Man, do they ever sound good. Those harmonics are beautiful.
     
  5. Register to disable this ad
  6. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2004
    Location:
    Durham NC
    Wow, ten years.

    Stainless steel strings sound really good when they are old. I had a set of Fat Beams on a bass for three years, and they sounded great.

    They do have a more immediate sound than nickels, but are still very warm.
     
  7. SolarMan

    SolarMan Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2011
    Location:
    Marlborough, MA
  8. edfriedland

    edfriedland Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2003
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Yup. When I break on string on that bass... I'll have to put it on a wooden raft, set it on fire, and float it down the Colorado river....

    I have a few basses with "heritage" strings on them. My 72 P bass has 15 year old LaBella flats on it. My Roadworn Jazz has 3 year old GHS flats, my 51 RI P has 4 year old LaBellas...

    There are a few factors at work here - 1) My taste has changed a bit. While I used to think the bright, shiny Marcus Miller tone was my ideal (it still is for the right gig)... I don't have much use for that sound anymore as I play very little fusion, funk, or modern R&B. 2) My hands are dry, and I try not to play with dirty hands, so my strings last longer. 3) I have a lot of instruments to play, so no one bass gets that much use... the string wear gets spread out over time.

    But I do change out the strings on my Lull MV5 fairly often, maybe every 3-4 months. It's an active Jazz-style bass, and I don't care for the dead string tone on that.
     
  9. VeganThump

    VeganThump

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2012
    Location:
    South Jersey
    Lol, a viking funeral...
     
  10. MrLenny1

    MrLenny1 Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2009
    Location:
    N.H.
    Now there's a working musician stretching a buck.
    My LaBella tape wounds have 6 years on them.
    You got me beat Ed.
     
  11. dougjwray

    dougjwray

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2005
    You guys are all wimps. I have a Fender P-Bass with nearly 17-year-old GHS Precision Flats on it.
    :bassist:
     
  12. wrench45us

    wrench45us

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2011
    I am impresssed with the record keeping you guys maintain to be able to state with authority how many years a given set of strings have been on a bass.
    Do you guys keep notebooks of service records or what?
     
  13. dougjwray

    dougjwray

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2005
    No, it's just that I seem to dedicate a functioning part of my brain to remembering such things. Like, I can remember putting those strings on, back in the spring of 1996... but I can't remember what my wife just asked me to pick up at the supermarket. :rolleyes:
     
  14. pickles

    pickles Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2000
    Location:
    Ventura, CA
    I had a 5 string set of HRSs from before they ruined them by making the E nontapered. Played them for years and they sounded perfect. Just a little edge left with loads of growl and low mids.
     
  15. darkstorm

    darkstorm

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2009
    No wonder his bass playing to me sounds like bass with strings well past needing replacing.
     

Share This Page