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Anyone try beeswax on strings?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by SBassman, May 17, 2019.

  1. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Ok, I will go out on a limb and risk ridicule.

    Some of us like bright fresh strings. Some of us like old, broken in, less twangy strings.

    For those of you who like old strings - have you ever tried beeswax on new strings to break them in quicker?

    I have been experimenting with this for the past few months on a couple of different basses, and - it hits the spot for me. It softens the feel of the string and rounds out the tone, without killing the string. For my ears anyway.

    Commence the throwing of rotten fruit.
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  2. Tad


    Dec 10, 2007
    Boise, Idaho
    I use it on my bow string.

    My compound bow.
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  4. Mediocrity Man

    Mediocrity Man Master of Mediocrity

    Apr 11, 2014
    Stillwater, New Jersey
    Too sticky????
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  5. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    I like broken in rounds as much or more than anyone.
    And the answer is no. Never under any circumstances.
    If you want to break them in faster you need to play them more.
  6. AboutSweetSue

    AboutSweetSue Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2018
    Lebanon, TN
    I use Burt’s Bees all the time. It works well on the fingertips when playing a Kala. I suppose that has nothing to do with breaking in strings though.
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  7. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    No - not sticky at all. Most beeswax you find is mixed with something else - an oil of some form. The combination makes the string feel and sound great, IMHO, without killing the string.
  8. stringthrough

    stringthrough Supporting Member

    Only on my B string
  9. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    If it works for you, great!

    I can say from my experience that PB&J does nothing good to strings. ;)
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  10. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    How about fried chicken grease? :)

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  11. Turbo Sparky

    Turbo Sparky Supporting Member

    May 14, 2018
    South Eastern U.S.
    If "it" works for you, than do it. I would not. I would play them more and use a Fast Fret of some sort. I would think the wax, no matter how natural it is, would eventually dry/harden and unevenly "cake" around the core causing problems; uneven resonance/volume of each/all strings.
    That's just me though. Again, if it is working for you, then rock it.
  12. RichardW


    Feb 25, 2016
    near Philly
    How about just using tape wounds? I have a set on my J and love them. Feel smooth under my fingers, but can be very bright and growly if needed.
  13. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Interesting. But the answer is no. I prefer brand new string zing to last. I can always tame it by turning the tone knob down. But that’s a new one. Ya dig what ya dig b
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  15. sharpbass

    sharpbass Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2011
    I wax up my g-strings only. I find that it prevents chafing.
  16. Frankly, it's none of your beeswax...;)
  17. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    My bass tech was just telling me that the Crosby, Stills & Nash bassist coated the strings with barbecue sauce. That bass sounds amazing..
  18. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    I would, but I can't. I'm doing this on guitar scale acoustic basses. ~25" scale.
  19. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Have you tried a set of GHS Pressurewounds? They sound like a set of mellowed out rounds straight out of the box. Nice comfortable feel too. Those are one of my goto sets since I’m not into voodoo chemistry experiments.
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  20. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    If I had a bit of beeswax on a finger I'd go and wash it off before i played. I'd never intentionally wipe it on my strings.

    Consider this a case of over ripe tomatoes thrown in your direction. Ooh, that last one - right on the nose!
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