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Bass players revolt!

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by oldprussians, Jan 2, 2012.


  1. oldprussians

    oldprussians

    Jan 7, 2008
    United Republic of Europe
    IT Professional!
    Yes I know, already are revolting,but not as revolting as drummers!
    What I meant was that a guitarist can re string their instruments for just over a five-er, guys and gals, a 1/4 ton, if you want 5 strings.... I can't believe there is that much more metal in our strings....
     
  2. HeadyVan Halen

    HeadyVan Halen

    Jun 11, 2010
    Couldn't have said it better myself.
     
  3. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    There was a thread like this a while ago.

    You may also be buying from the wrong place.

    There is quite a bit more metal / windings in bass strings.
     
  4. pudge

    pudge Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    NY
    Well if nobody bought strings for 3 months.......
     
  5. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    Buy flats, then you won't have to buy strings for 3 years.
     
  6. FunkMetalBass

    FunkMetalBass

    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    1. Compare the number of bassists to the number of guitarists
    2. Compare the number of times per year that bassists buy strings to the number of times per year that guitarists buy strings.
    3. Compare the labor and material costs for bass strings to the labor and material costs for guitar strings.

    Examine any company that makes both bass and guitar strings and I suspect you'll see that bass string revenue is less than or equal to that of the guitar counterparts.
     
  7. edt844

    edt844

    Sep 9, 2010
    Chalfont, PA
    I think most bass string sets are a bargain. There has to be 5 times the metal in a set of 4-string bass strings. The average price ratio is 2.5 to 1, bass to guitar.

    Ed T.
     
  8. darkstorm

    darkstorm

    Oct 13, 2009
    I'll side with edt844. At least 4 times and prob 5 times as much metal in a 45-105 4 srtring bass set compared to guitar 9-42 set.
     
  9. oldprussians

    oldprussians

    Jan 7, 2008
    United Republic of Europe
    IT Professional!
    They will increase malleability in the core just the same, and that is more important that the sweat and dirt caught in round wounds.... Any how I always wash my hands before I play......
     
  10. if you think strings are high priced at the music shops...... try maxima golds for a year :) then you will welcome the £20 set of strings :)

    i know what you mean though, i buy direct from status-graphite. about £15 a set and they are really nice
     
  11. oldprussians

    oldprussians

    Jan 7, 2008
    United Republic of Europe
    IT Professional!
    Are those 5 strings?
     
  12. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    The strings I like for my upright bass are now $150 a set. Quit whining ;)
     
  13. FunkMetalBass

    FunkMetalBass

    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    You should switch to gut strings. ;)
     
  14. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Cheapest gut strings that are worth a crap (Clefs): $265. No thanks!
     
  15. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    When I played guitar I was changing strings nearly every other day... sometimes every day... plus have to deal with broken strings...

    I wish I sold guitar strings... oh wait... :D
     
  16. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    I won't argue the physics, but I will say that most, if not all flatwound strings seem to improve with age.

    Considering that I'm currently using string sets on various basses with an average age of between six and eight years, I don't feel too much pain in the wallet. However, I can see where those who feel the need to change their strings more often are getting hit pretty hard.
     
  17. Reaper Man

    Reaper Man

    Jan 15, 2010
    MA
    :D and we all not buy strings on a certain date- they'll get the message lol
     
  18. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Three of the six strings in an electric guitar set are plain. Those are very cheap to make, and with very little waste. All the strings in a bass set are wound, and the bigger ones have multiple windings. Bass strings simlpy ARE more expensive, NY a very large degree, than are guitar sets.

    Then add in the very real economy of scale due to the much greater number of guitarists compared to bassists.

    John
     
  19. dog1

    dog1

    Dec 30, 2008
    Indiana
    +1. I am still trying to figure out your logic. Of course bass strings will cost more.
     
  20. ixlramp

    ixlramp

    Jan 25, 2005
    UK
    A .105 has 6.2 times the mass of a .042, by the tension charts.
     

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