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Are you a string hoarder?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by armybass, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    I have issues with strings....I like them a lot and I like to have many sets on hand. Some folks stock up on food, water and ammo for end of the world scenarios......but me it is bass strings. I like to have no less than 10 sets of strings on hand and I like to have sets on hand that are harder to find or at least that I know I can't find at the regular guitar box stores. But bassstringsonline.com has come into my life and removed my unhealthy fear of being stringless for a long period of time, but I find myself ordering a few sets once a month and just storing them away. I have issues don't I? Please tell me there is another string geek out there.....:eyebrow:


    Mar 29, 2006
  3. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I found a great deal on strings once. Once. In large qty's they were like $11.00 a set. I think I may have bought a lifetime supply.......
  4. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I have a large drawer that is full of strings (mostly flats).
    Every time I look in it I think to myself I could have a real nice bass for what I have spent on strings :atoz:
  5. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    I always have about 10 unopened sets in my drawer full of bass bits.

    I'm a sucker for the occasional great deal. I bought about 10 sets of Blue Steels when my GC blew them out for $5/pack. Amazon had Sunbeams for $13/pack, I bought about 6 packs. Recently, GC had 2 packs of Dunlop nickels for $20, so I bought four sets.
  6. BassBob1


    Dec 21, 2010
    I also sort of hoard strings. I have a bunch of everything from lightly used steel rounds to really worn out flats. I could have easily bought a pretty nice bass for what I have spent on strings over the last few years. I think the only reason (besides not having any money) that I haven't kept buying strings is that I have so many sets sitting around that if I want to try something different it's already there. I always gravitate back to a really old set of chromes or pretty worn in set of sunbeams so I should really toss a lot of the other ones.
  7. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
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  8. skychief


    Apr 27, 2011
    South Bay
    Umm, yah.

    As long as your OCD with strings doesnt interfere with your personal life, i wouldnt worry about it. :p
  9. sigmafloyd


    May 1, 2011
    not in terms of unopened strings, but I have about 15 sets in various states laying around at the moment
  10. I don't know if it's classified as hoarding, but I certainly have a hard time throwing away bass strings. They cost so much that I can't quite justify getting rid of them. For example, I removed a set of GHS Precision Flats from my 5er in lieu of D'Addario Tapewounds. Now, the Tapes are likely never coming off of that bass, so I have a set of GHS flats sittin' around. I think I might try them on my Ibanez acoustic bass and see what happens..
  11. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    You may have issues.
    Do you gig a lot ?
  12. hufe


    Mar 21, 2011
    Tijuana, Mexico
    Usually have a spare set or two, and don't buy another one until I change strings.
  13. bootsox


    Apr 28, 2012
    Biloxi, MS
    I keep old strings, and have about 8 years worth of strings in a milk crate in the closet. Pretty cool to see how my preference in strings has gone from blue steels to hi beams to whatever I can get cheapest
  14. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    Average 6-10 a month.
  15. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
  16. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    No, but it's only because I've never really made up my mind on which strings best suit any particular bass that I have.
  17. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

    So what do we do with old strings?
  18. MostlyBass


    Mar 3, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    I put my old strings on students instruments as they are usually better that what's on them.
  19. musicman666


    Sep 11, 2011
    I make Num-chucks from my old strings!
  20. I don't hoard them on purpose, but I keep thinking I've found the best strings ever, buying two or three sets, and then changing my mind. And, sometimes I'll buy a complete set plus one or two singles to make a custom set. So, I've got all these random strings in the closet.