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Determining what your bass REALLY sounds like

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Lonnybass, Jan 15, 2004.

  1. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    Ok then-

    I was practicing tonight on one of my basses that had seen some very active duty during the past month - the strings were about as dead as they come!

    It got me thinking, what are everyone's thoughts on the best way to "hear" what an instrument really sounds like? Dead, lifeless strings with no snap left in'em, or brand new, with all the associated finger noise and sizzle? I'm leaning towards the "dead strings" approach to really hear the nuances of the instrument itself. Thoughts?

  2. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    New strings that are 3 or 4 gigs old!.
  3. Niskamies


    Jan 13, 2004
    I think that strings are at their best when they have been on for about three weeks. Talking about rounds. Flats can be oon forever, and the sound just gets better IMHO.
  4. Armchair Thief

    Armchair Thief Guest

    Aug 18, 2003
    Houston, Texas
    About a week for roundwounds is about right for me. When they're brand-spanking-new, fresh out of the package, they're a bit too bright and metallic sounding and kinda mask/overpower the other tonal properties of the bass, IMO.