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Ever Kill a set of strings on one gig?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, May 17, 2005.


    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    I did a few times playing outdoor summer gigs, how about you?.
  2. mwm70


    Oct 27, 2004
    Yup. Played in a metal band. Summer gigs + No AC = Dead Strings.
  3. jja412

    jja412 Fine Gear Enthusiast

    Feb 2, 2004
    St. Louis
    110 degree car show, no shade, no fan. Dead. Dead. Dead. :rollno:
  4. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    Yup. I kill them fast.

    We also play 3+ hours on any given night.
  5. That's the only time I ever killed a brand new set, at an outdoor summer gig. 95 degrees.
  6. Bassic83


    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    How about in one set? I've done that a few times here in the Texas heat and humidity. Gone from "fresh outta the box zing and sparkle" to "what'd you do- boil them in lard and dip them in a cow pattie?" in exactly 5.3 songs. Wouldn't even stay in tune for a whole song! Now I use Elixirs and don't have that problem... :)

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Sweat is deadly to strings.
  8. Robman


    Mar 19, 2004
    Sherman, Texas
    Yep, sure did. Had my Spector Legend 4 for one week - brand new. I assume that the strings were Spector nickels. Sounded great at home practicing. But after my first gig with this bass and it's factory strings, I noticed they were dead the very next day. Hmmmm.
  9. BassikLee

    BassikLee Commercial User

    Feb 13, 2004
    Deltona, FL
    Owner: Brevard Sound Systems
    For some reason, I kill Smith strings like the Orkin man. Love the feel, sound, balance, etc out of the pack, and within a set or so, they're gone. This isn't a "wipe them down after playing" deal. I'll put new ones on, and they die before an hour of playing. I must have uber-corrosive "people oil" as it were....
  10. LoveThatBass


    Jun 28, 2004
    At the suggestion of Trina, I use Purell Hand sanitizer. Removes the oils and chemicals that kill strings. Works very well. It is waterless and just wipe off with clean rag.
  11. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I shot a pack of Slinkies once.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Would you guys say it is easier to kill a set of steels then nickels in one gig?.
  13. bassman314

    bassman314 I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process...

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    I'll caveat my post. I've never killed a set in one day, but I have experience the "fine at beginning of set, dead at end" before.

    My Lakland came with Lakland steels, which apparently are GHS. First set was dead in a week or 2 after I got it.. They gave me a free set when I bought the bass. Second set went dead in less than a month.

    ProSteels seem to last... I haven't played any gigs in 110 heat and humidity, but I do play in a small meeting room filled with anywhere from 40-80 sweaty Jr High kids with bad ventilation (the room... most of the kids have excellent ventilation, being Jr. High kids) *L* ProSteels seem to last.

    My experience with Nickel Steel (Slinkys, Slowounds, XL's) has been they don't last as long as ProSteels, and have a much different tone.
  14. Dell


    Apr 7, 2005
    Same here, but they were free so I dont care too much :)
  15. bazzanderson


    Oct 7, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Yup...4 hour recording session (no ac btw) with new Fender 8250s. Dead (noticed it on the last song) at the end of the session.
  16. wildsponge


    Oct 21, 2004
    Novato, CA
    Yuppers. Slapped on a set of Everly B-52's on my bass before an outdoor gig and by end of practice I had to put down the pick and play with my fingers cause it sounded so bad.
  17. I play fingerstyle, and not that heavily, but I once snapped the E and A string at the same time during a gig, does that count? That was the last time I ever used Rotosounds, and I've never snapped any strings since. I now use GHS or D'Addario.

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