Any other Vegetarians notice that their strings seem to last longer?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by danielfnj96, Jul 12, 2013.

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  1. danielfnj96


    Jan 29, 2012
    NJ, USA
    Well i was just thinking about how long the different bass strings i have used in the past lasted and it occurred to me that since becoming a vegetarian my strings last 6-9 months vs 1-3 months prior to becoming a vegetarian. Has anyone else noticed anything like this? Could it be possible that somehow a vegetarian diet affects our finger oils and body chemistry in a way that makes strings last longer? I'm open to anything anyone has to say.
  2. Everything lasts longer when you're a vegetarian. If ya know what I'm sayin.' ;)
  3. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    So the story goes that James Jamerson always at fried chicken before a gig to lube his fingers. Legend also has it that he never changed strings unless one broke. But he used flats so..,

    What is it about vegetarians that they always gotta point it out somehow and try to make omnivores feel guilt with some lame anecdote?

    Relax, I'm just jazzing you!
  4. I´m not vegetarian and my strings last minimum 1 year. I play everyday 1-2hs.
  5. lemongrenades

    lemongrenades Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2012
    Philadelphia PA
    I am veg, and vegan after 5pm(girlfriend). While it does make sense. Simply because your oils and sweat are naturally going to be different when you cut meat out. I don't think it would make THAT much of a difference. Are you sure you didn't switch to DR's ? Or maybe your technique is getting better. Interesting point though. I will look into it further. If I find anything else i'll be sure to post it here.
  6. JBNeedsBeer

    JBNeedsBeer Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    New Brunswick, NJ
    I would look at something other than the changing diet for why your strings are lasting longer. I doubt the difference in oils (if any) would contribute to that great of an extent. Check everything else that has changed (set list, playing times, string types, gauges, how hard you are plucking the strings, any setups done to your bass). I would attribute a different string life to something mechanical more than something chemical (if any chemical changes have, in fact, occurred).
  7. bludog


    Apr 3, 2012
    Brooklyn 11217
    Shouldn't this be in the Strings forum... why is this in Effects?

    Any mods around to move this?

    No hard feelings... just an odd place to post this.
  8. I'm sorry -but... seriously???
  9. On a related note - Ted Nugent's strings only last about 3 minutes, so you may be onto something here.... :)
  10. bludog


    Apr 3, 2012
    Brooklyn 11217
    Just thinking it'd get more interest over in Strings. Plus, it could be helpful if someone is searching for something that's related to it over there.

    Like I said, no hard feelings. Not hating or judging or whatever. Sorry if it came off as jerky. Not my intention...
  11. 18eranaRic

    18eranaRic Inactive

    Mar 7, 2009
    Malibu, USA
    why is this in "effects"?
  12. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    People change their strings? :confused:
  13. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal

    I am vegetarian, and my strings last just as long now as they did before I cut meat out.

    Only when they break. :p
  14. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    I wash my hands and I'm not oily like you vegetarians. Yuck! :p (it's a joke)
  15. kreider204


    Nov 29, 2008
    This is going to end well ... ;)
  16. S6I6X


    Jun 25, 2011
    San Diego
    This is kind of ridiculous. I wash my hands before I play and my strings never last that long. Once you're in a professional band strings no longer last years. You lose that amazing record worthy tone after several hours no matter who you are unless you are into that dead sounding tone, which many people are for whatever reason.
  17. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    You can use alcohol, makes the strings sound better. Or you can clean the strings with it. :p
  18. Saxn


    Oct 23, 2010
    Nashville, GA
    Gotta sub this one!

    I foresee a smooth-running thread free of butthurt. My favorite!
  19. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    i dont know about vegetarian, but im positive diet affects your sweat content and thats whats getting onto the strings.

    i know someone who swears once he moved out of his mothers house and stopped eating her pasta sauce 5 nights a week his strings stopped dying so quickly... the acid content seems logical that it would come through in the sweat.

    so ill keep eating meat, but its the tomatoes that're killing my strings. no, i wont give them up.
  20. RandalPinkFloyd


    Jun 3, 2012
    Well of course. Vegetarians are too weak to lift the bass and too tired to play it! :bag: :p:p
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