caring for my strings.

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Crash McLarson, Oct 24, 2001.

  1. Crash McLarson

    Crash McLarson

    Jul 23, 2001
    is there a way to have your strings last longer? does using a pick wear them out faster? if you pluck closer to the bridge do they wear out faster? i only occasionaly play with a pick and i somethimes pluck near the bridge and lately my string are brekaing a lot. i used to use a pick all the time but stopped when i snapped my e string. what should i do?
  2. LittleHetzel


    Aug 15, 2001

    now, i don't know much, i have only had my bass for like 4/5 months, but i have this video that came with my bass, and it says for matience, like they said, wipe off your strings, cause apparently the oil from your fingers errodes them or something like that. I don know, you might do this anyways, but thats my two cents, i don't know much else in the direction of string matienence and such
    just thought i would write this down

  3. Jman


    Mar 24, 2000
    I've been playing bass for 25 years and never broke even a g string,how the heck did you break a E string?
    I beleive you need to work on your technique.Maybe take a few lesson's,well worth it.
    After 25 years of playing I'm still learning.
    Yes wipe your strings down with a dry clean cloth.
    No a pick does'nt wear out strings quicker.
    Hope this helps and seriously take a few lessons and you will be surprised at your playing.
  4. FalsehoodBass


    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    if you're breaking strings a lot.. check for any sharp edges on your bridge.. i have a carvin w/ a string thru body bridge.. and was breaking em left and right... once a month on average... once i put the strings through the bridge and not the body it got a lot better.. that might be a source of your strings breaking.
  5. this might come to affect for you, but it might not. but, maybe your strings are just real cheap or crappy. on my first strings, i broke the E after like 2 months. bought some D'Addario's and havent broke one yet(that was about 16 months ago...), so ya, just try some higher quality strings
  6. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    I broke an E string once. I believe it was from all the tuning and detuning my band feels the need to do. I was tuning from dropped D back up to E and the string seperated right at the nut. Damn!
  7. Justin V

    Justin V

    Dec 27, 2000
    Alameda, CA
    I've broken my E string twice. The first time was somewhere around the first few days of playing a bass. I tried to figure out tuning without a tuner...I just made the string tighter and tighter and then "SNAP" I lose a perfectly good string. The second was Friday in my second period class (subs rule :) ). I was trying to impress some girls with "Suck My Kiss" (easy, but it involves slapping so what the hell, right). I slapped the open E at the beginning of the chorus and it just came apart right at the bridge.

    That wasn't even the most embarassing thing to happen to me on Friday either, so yeah, that day sucked...:(