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14 year old barely played strings. Change?

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by chris4001asat, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. chris4001asat


    Dec 16, 2002
    Toledo, Ohio
    Warehouse Manager : Reverend Guitars
    Hi all, I've searched and haven't found this topic before. I bought my double @ 2000, and put new strings on it. Thomastic Spirocore if I remember correctly. The bass then pretty much sat there, and I would fool around with it once in awhile. I've now joined a band where I use it exclusively. The E string doesn't have a lot of volume to it, compared to the others. Will just sitting there for 14 years "wear them out". I just had a setup done it as well.
  2. jtlownds


    Oct 3, 2004
    LaBelle, FL
    Spirocores wear like iron, they are probably just fine. My backup bass is currently wearing a set of Spiro wiechs that were installed in 1994, and have seen some pretty heavy use. I have no intensions of swapping them out any time soon.
  3. DC Bass

    DC Bass Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    Washington DC

    Since you're playing it a lot now I would suggest taking your bass to the luthier for a check up- not just of the strings, but of the over all health of the instrument. It's a good thing to do! :cool:

    Welcome back to the dark side! :)

  4. Your old Spirocores should be fine. I used mine for more than 20 years (with some longer periods with less playing or not playing at all). I still kept them because they bow so nice now (for Spirocores).
    If you don't like your E now, get a new one. It should be no problem after it was played in to combine with the old strings.
  5. Take it to a luthier. The strings should be fine, but the set up may need some tweaking.
  6. bskts247

    bskts247 Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    New Orleans
    It also depends where you live. Living in New Orleans I find (as do a few friends) that if you are playing outside down here a lot the strings lose their life after about a year (where as my friend in boston has the same set for 4 years and they sound better than my 1 year old set).