Cleaning strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by monkeylover009, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. Firstly is there any strings out there that dont sound like ****in ****e after playin on em for a few weeks? Ones that give a nice deep metal punch, long scale, for more than the first few times playin?

    Secondly wats the best way to clean strings? I normally boiled em and it worked like a charm but tried it with Rotosound 105s, now my E sounds flat as hell. Hence the annoyed mood im in now, almost threw bass at the wall!

    For my basses sake please help!!

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  3. ducaticarl


    Oct 16, 2005
    As far as cleaning I have been using fast fret for years and swear by does make your string last longer..also recently I started using Tone Finger Ease and I like that far as strings check out my thread on DR extralife 'em
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Just suck it up and buy a new set of strings now and then. Beats spending your money on crack.
  5. Try Infeld SuperAlloy strings on your bass. I've had mine on for about 4 - 5 months and they still sound great. Others have claimed even longer.

    I use a simple cleaning method. Alchohol pads. Some use denatured alchohol.

    I also take a toothbrush, hold down the strings near the pups and run the toothbrush up and down the strings working my way to the end of the fretboard. Takes about 60 seconds.

    From the end of the fretboard to the bridge I also do the underside of the strings because there is the clearance.

    Works like a charm, I never have to remove the strings and it saves a lot of time.

    (Toothpaste is optional)
  6. makaky


    Mar 26, 2004
    Montreal Canada
    My strings usualy have about 3 lives.

    Take the strings out and boil them for 5 mins, i add a bit of "bicarbonate" ( if thats spelled right).


    Boil again in clean water

    Dry em in the oven

    thats it

    I noticed the strings sounds better then new after the first boilling because it takes the initial oil out. Thats if you like that metallic sound
  7. kovachian


    Nov 5, 2005
    Just let them soak in denatured alcohol for 24 hours. I was floored by how brand new my strings sounded afterwards (your mileage may vary).

    Also, I soaked them in a homemade tube consisting of some PVC with caps on both ends and one end sealed with epoxy. I can't over emphasize how much easier the tube has made for cleaning strings!
  8. rnlytton


    May 23, 2003
    Naples, FL
    I also clean my strings with alcohol. I dampen the corner of a wash cloth, wrap it around one string at a time (while still on the bass) and rub it up and down the length of the string a few times. Don't soak the cloth to avoid getting alcohol on the finish. I also clean my fingertips with alcohol pads before playing and before each set. This really seems to help. Then after the gig I finally get some alcohol.