Hello fellow long-neck players! I am having some serious problems with one of my Warwick basses. I have a 1997 Streamer LX 5 and a 2002 FNA Jazzman 4. I have used my favourite strings for a long time on several basses, which are custom La Bella Hard Rocking Steel Stainless Strings. I love their fat tone, their feel, and the how they stay bright for a good 10 weeks. I play each bass for 1 hour a day aprox. The guages I use are 128-100-80-60-40 for the five string and 106-83-58-41 for the 4. Yes, these are custom guages and I haven't known any other company to have these guages! If I replace the strings on one of them, I reaplce the other too. The strings on the 5 string last for a good 10-12 weeks. The strings on the 4 string last for about.... hmmm.... 30 minutes This has happed for about 3 years, I have tried warwick black label stainless, rotosounds and even elites strings and it does the same thing! I have tried the same strings on the bass I had previously the the Jazzman (a Musicman Stringray 4) and lasted flippin' ages. I make a ritual of washing my hands before and after playing, a wipe the strings down after sweaty gigs and rehearsals with string kleenz (those little moist tissues). Despite doing this the string life does not improve on the Jazzman (improved noticably with the 5!) My sound is quite bright with predominantly punchy mids. With dull strings all I get is a sh*tty rumble, and very little output. I have had the frets recently reshaped and recrowned, the bridge reset and nut set correctly so there is no pinching. No improvement still. I have tried boiling the strings (which makes them linke new, they still die in 30 mins) and my newest method is boiling them in a sonic bath (the jewellery cleaning tanks) and makes them like new again. I have spent quite a bit of money on this process of elimination to find out the problem. I love the Jazzman, it is my fav bass I have ever had, but this problem has been going on since I got it really. I have e-mailed the tech support at Warwick, and was actually quite upset that they didn't even seem to read my e-mail correctly. They blamed the strings, but it obviously is not in my elimination. I am to the end of my tether to try and solve this, so PLEASE HELP ME, I am so cut up that I might have to get rid of my favourite bass! Thanks for your support and keep rocking! Glenn Minnikin firstname.lastname@example.org United Kingdom P.S. I think all bass players should have a sonic bath, just feed your string(s) through it and you see the awful clouds of oil, skin and sh*t come off the string, amazing!