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dead strings dillema

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by russ_4ft, Oct 31, 2001.

  1. hey,
    Ok, i play bass in a punk band and i use my fingers to play. i keep finding that my strings die real easily. i brought some elites the other week and they lasted 2 weeks before they died. whats going on??

    any suggestions on what i can do coz it costs me a fortune?

    - Russ
  2. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    I have the same problem. The solution seems to be elixir strings, because they never ever go dead. the only problem is they arent bright enough for my liking... but I guess Ill have to get used to that...

    I had elixirs on my bass for 4 months and no going dead whatsoever. I took them off in favor of Ernie Balls, but they went dead after a 2 weeks. I should have saved my elixirs... :(
  3. Washing your hands before playing and wiping your strings down with a clean cloth before and after playing seems to really work for me. You will see that advice quite a bit on TB.
  4. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    What's "going on" is lower end strings are going on, IMO.

    For punk, I'd suggest stepping up to DR Hi-Beams. If those die quickly, (which they won't), DR will give you a new set, IME. They're worth the price.
  5. downstairs


    May 13, 2001
    Pasadena, MD
    get a large jar and some denatured alcohol, when your strings go dead, fit them into the jar, pour in the alcohol, and cap it off, let em sit for a while, like 6-7-8 hours, and take em out, (maybe pour the alcohol into a different container and save it for later) and let em sit in the air for a little, good as new!

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