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Anyone Else Like Dead Rounds?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by jasper383, Sep 24, 2006.

  1. jasper383


    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    I like rounds long after they have lost that zing. I have never experienced a loss of intonation, or lifelessness that others mention when they discuss changing rounds often. They just, for me, lose the zing, then sound the same, sometimes for a year or more.

    Didn't Jaco play really old rounds?
  2. ArwinH

    ArwinH run rabbit run

    Dec 1, 2005
    Southern California
    I sometimes really like those old rounds, my yamaha and my jazz both have pretty old rounds on right now. Coated drs on the yam and on the jazz regular hi beams. I like fresh rounds too, though for teh most part if I'm enjoying the feel and sound of the bass I won't change strings until I break one.
  3. Poop-Loops

    Poop-Loops Inactive

    Mar 3, 2006
    Auburn, Washington
    I'm short on cash, so I kind of have to start liking them. :D
  4. I certainly don't like the extreme zing of new strings. But I really hate the price of bass strings, so I typically go till one breaks. which can be quite some time. I will change about twice a year which for two basses is still atleast 100 dollars (2 sets for 4 and 2 sets for 5)

    However for guitar, I do change about once a month.
  5. Poop-Loops

    Poop-Loops Inactive

    Mar 3, 2006
    Auburn, Washington
    It's ridiculous how much cheaper guitar strings are. Is that solely due to them being smaller, or because there is more demand for them?
  6. Poop-Loops

    Poop-Loops Inactive

    Mar 3, 2006
    Auburn, Washington
    That is, unless you believe in those "opinion" and "subjectivity" things. :rolleyes:
  7. Dead Rounds came on my ued J bass, really old grimy ones, and the thing sounded wonderful: woody and upright-sounding. I changed them out but kept them, in the event I wanted that sound again.
  8. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    4 hours on a set?!?!?!?! Holy frijoles!!!

    I prefer soaking mine in alcohol to buying new ones, but that's just me.
  9. Guess my tone sucks then :rolleyes: .


    ^^ Year-old set of DR Hi-Beams. Nothing sounds better to me. A while ago, I put a fresh set of Hi-Beams on and switched back to the old ones about 10 minutes later (then sold the new set). I hate new strings :meh:
  10. Manol

    Manol Too Sexy To Be Left Handed.

    Oct 9, 2005
    Melbourne, Australia
    How on earth did you get that wonderful tone with 1 year old strings? Mine sound like arse whenever they get that old IF they do get that old.
  11. I dunno man. Something about DR Hi-Beams that just age really well I guess. These are my favorite set of strings, ever. They'll just make any bass sound good :D
  12. Poop-Loops

    Poop-Loops Inactive

    Mar 3, 2006
    Auburn, Washington
    Makes me wish I hadn't skimped out on strings. Next time I'll try the DR's.
  13. Especially for high gain basses. I have an 18 month old set of SIT rounds on my G&L L2K....it's never sounded better.

  14. jasper383


    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    It's funny, the old rounds I started this thread about are High Beams I have on one bass, and Marcus Miller Fat Beams on another.

    Maybe it's just DRs.
  15. i gotta say i absolutley want to murder people when i play a brand spankin new set of strings. i HATE the brightness with a passion. i also prefer the worn in feeling of old strings
  16. ElBajista


    Dec 13, 2005
    Sebring, FL
    Mods, can we sticky this? The masses must be informed!!

  17. bassbully43


    Jul 1, 2005
    +1 on dead rounds...love em too. I hate zingy, bright roundwounds...thats why i use SIT silencers ..very quiet,smooth and have brightness just enough and sound like rounds that are going dead but keep that sound a long time. SIT strings seem to last forever and are a great price.
  18. Jules Forcella

    Jules Forcella

    Aug 28, 2005
    Frankfurt a.M. / Deutschland
    Endorsing Artist: AccuGroove
    I like 'em !!! I guess much even more than fresh Strings.... My Strings (DR's or Ritter) stay always more than 4/5 Month on my Basses.... the High-Beams on my Preci are nearly 2 Years old :cool:

    And my new Love are Flats.....:hyper:

  19. That is why old boomers are good, they die fast and stay stay that way for about 5-10 years till one breaks. I have one set of danelectro strings that still sounds kinda zingy after about 6 years...

    I do think it depends on the bass and a lot of other variables too. On some basses I like ground wounds.

  20. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    VERY glad to see I have some company in this area. A number of my basses have strings that are nearly a year old and I wouldn't have it any other way.

    Granted I do soak mine in denatured alcohol to "liven them up" a bit (soaking a set right now, in fact), but they still sound a lot better than new strings to me.

    I agree with all who have said they prefer the tone and feel of older, worn-in strings.
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