Where to I try out strings?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Bassistcali, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. Bassistcali


    Nov 10, 2013
    Like guitar center its all in packs you can't just open them and try can you?
  2. Do you mean string them up and play or just feel them?
  3. Bassistcali


    Nov 10, 2013
  4. jonathanhughes

    jonathanhughes Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    I've never heard of any place that will let you try out strings. Once you put them on a bass, they're used, and no one would want to buy them. Your best bet is to read reviews here and elsewhere and figure out what seems like it might have the sound and feel you're looking for. Then find a good price, put them on your bass, and trying them out for a week or so.
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  6. mrb327

    mrb327 Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    Post in your info where you live, a fellow TBer would probably let you come over and play for giggles
  7. BassistDale


    Sep 24, 2010
    Hollywood, Ca
    Jason at Bass Strings Online in Woodland hills has a bunch of the same model basses strung up with a variety of strings. If you're so inclined, you can always go to the BSO showroom to try out some of the brands on his basses. Jason is one of the best business owners (not just bass related)I've ever had the pleasure to deal with.
  8. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    I'm not sure this is serious or not--but maybe?

    If it is--ask people to try their bass or try different ones at stores--when they know what strings are on them.

    Of course with the variables that won't tell you everything, but you can see what they feel like.

    or head over to Woodland Hills.
  9. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    The only way I know of is to buy several sets and try them on your own bass.
  10. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Where do you try them out? In your house. =) Sorry, its trial and error.
  11. Unfortunately you can't try out bass strings anymore than you can try out food, condoms or motor oil without buying. They do give samples of the above away, though, so maybe see if any brands do samples
  12. Bassistcali


    Nov 10, 2013
    Last edited: May 2, 2014