Can taking the same set of strings on and off several times change their tone?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Thom Fioriglio, Aug 6, 2020.

  1. Hi all,

    I have been experimenting with rounds and flats. I have a set of Fender 9050L flatwounds that I keep going back to. I have taken them on and off about 6 times in the last 2 months. Besides the silk fraying at the ends, does taking a set of strings repeatedly on and off hurt them? Could it affect the string in a negative way?


  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    I definitely think so. Go get a bendy piece of metal and bend it back and fourth a few times and watch it snap. The constant stretching and contracting can't be good.
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  3. gigetto


    Sep 25, 2019
    Is like boiling. No negative reflections on the time you keep on rebecoming for little brilliant. But as all the consumable things they decade with use.
  4. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    IME: depends on the string and how carefully you handle them when changing them out (multiple times). also: lots of folks cut their strings way to short for the first installation (they really don't need to have that "three windings" look*) and that alone will bear upon long-term viability and the re-use of the string.

    bottom line: use your ears --- if they sound good/competent after every re-installation = no problem! good luck with your string changes! :thumbsup:

    * looks are for kids! :D
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  5. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    I would be worried about metal fatigue of the core of each of the strings from winding and unwinding the string around the tuning posts. Did you straighten out the leads of the strings each time you removed them, or did you let them stay rather curled up. Yes, I know you must have had to straighten them a little bit to get them through the bridge. So it is breakage, rather than tone, that is the real concern.
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  6. Thanks. I didn’t think about weakening the strings but that is also a concern. Now that I know I am happy with the Fender Flats I will order a new set and just keep them on.