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Changing strings every year?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by fendersurfer, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. fendersurfer


    Apr 10, 2013
    I know this been discussed a million times. But just wanted to get some feedback.
    My main axe is a Fender Precision and last time I put on new strings (roundwound) was a year ago. I did't play many rehearsals or gigs (maybe 35-40), so I thought. Maybe I will change later, in May or something.

    When playing just once a week, how often do you change strings?
  2. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    If you're getting a year out of roundwounds, please share your secrets!
  3. Some players change strings for every gig, others go 10+ years on a set of strings. It is really a question of personal preference.

    If you are happy with the sound and intonation, then there is no compelling reason to change, IMHO. (Disclaimer: I am primarily a flatwound player in the 10+ years club.)
  4. I change mine every 3 or 4 monts I like the zing of new round wounds.
  5. FourBanger


    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    I only changed my Boomers because one broke, the bass never sounded as good afterwards either...
  6. fendersurfer


    Apr 10, 2013
    Yes, the zing (it was never really dominant) is gone. But I did't play a lot, cleaned more than played maybe. With playing every week I would change every 9-12 months. But 2013 was quiet, maybe I keep them and change for the recording of the demo, which is planned soon.
  7. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I can't say it it's a PH balance thing or what, but if I don't let other people play a bass of mine the strings last much longer. The old style DR coated strings (before the new formula strings) would last years as well, but the color tends to wear off.
  8. soulman969


    Oct 6, 2011
    And now this makes discussion number 1,000,001. No one can tell you around here any better than what your ears and your tuner can when it's time to change strings. When they don't sound right to you and the tuner shows the strings struggling to hold pitch that's two very good signs right there. Strings will poop out even when they aren't being played so use is only one factor. There are others to consider as well.
  9. http://youtu.be/s8OYeN9mAL4 also having a bright sounding bass helps.
  10. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    I get 2-3 years out of a set of DR SS Lo Riders. I don't like new string zing.
  11. Change them when you no longer like the way they sound.
  12. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    I change the strings when:

    a) Get a new bass, does not matter what but I always put a new set of strings.
    b) They cant stay in tune.
  13. kimokeo


    Jul 7, 2009
    Some guys have acid fingers and have to change more often than not. I use a little hand sanitizer before I play to get rid of some of the oil on my fingers. Seems to help with the frequency of string changing.
  14. catgut


    Jan 15, 2014
    Seattle, WA
    Once they are floppy and thuddy they get changed. Stainless every month or so. Depends on brand. Nickels every other gig so I don't use them anymore even though fresh nickel is the most pleasing to my ears. Steel takes a few hours before they settle in. I can't do a year without string change unless I have played my bass 5 times in that year.
  15. Its varied a lot depending on how many basses i own at the time, how much i play them and how much i pay for strings. Lately I've been finding really good deals online and change them more often. When actively gigging on the weekends i change strings every 2 weeks. When we take breaks from gigging it might only be once every 60 days. But normally atleast every 2 months. I don't like old strings so when i get sick of changing them i usually sell a bass or two and restring less basses more often. Having a 7 is a blessing because i use it to cover 3 different tunings i used on 3 different 5 strings. So that was a drop from 15 strings to 7 right there.
  16. wideload


    Apr 15, 2004
    I play rounds twice a week, and I can tell they need changing at about 6 months, but I usually procrastinate a bit, since the strings I am fond of are so damned expensive. I LIKE the zing and sustain of new rounds, so 9 months tops. And I change the battery, whether it needs it or not. :)
  17. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    I'm on the same set of strings since early december 2012.
    On that bass it works for me( 51' style P bass).
  18. hgregs


    Sep 25, 2008
    ct/ny border
    ... play frequently... i keep strings more than a year. not a fan of new string zing either. if you like how your strings sound, and intonation is decent - keep playing.
  19. braud357

    braud357 Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2010
    Gonzales, LA
    When I was gigging steadily - I could play about 6 - 7 gigs before my bass would start to sound out of tune - no matter what my tuner said. They would get changed then, and PS - this was with roundwound strings.
  20. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    If you want the new string sound to last a year or so you need to pony up for elixirs or some kind of coated string.