First week gigging with stainless

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by BtaylorTheRogue, May 31, 2020.

  1. BtaylorTheRogue


    Nov 14, 2016
    Hey TB, it's BT.

    Unnecessary backstory:
    I got a spot in a band last September, and suddenly my bass (Ibanez btb 5) was too heavy. I bought a sr655 which does the trick nicely.​

    Cut to March. I put on new strings. Stainless steel elixirs. I've always liked elixirs. They feel and sound great. I played maaaaybe 1 show with them.

    I didn't practice more than say, 20 minutes a day 4 days a week during the covid shutdown.

    This weekend was our first weekend back. These sound great, but I think I'll be going tapewound. Or at least bandaid wound.

    Also it was way worse than the second photo looks, but I had bad light and had already lanced it a few times.
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    tl;dr: hurt my fingee, hot groupies wouldn't kiss it better bcuz covid
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  2. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    Yeah, that can happen. I play upright bass in addition to electric. I enjoy playing upright, but I don't really love the instrument, so if I don't have any shows lined up, I go spells without playing it. I know that holds back my skills, but more painfully, I go through a month long blister/heal/callus process every time I have to get ready for a series of upright shows.

    At this point in my life, I'm pretty much permanently good to go with an electric and roundwounds, though.
  3. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    ouch! :wideyed:

    did you not have 'proper' calluses or did you get too 'excited', or both? ;)
  4. BtaylorTheRogue


    Nov 14, 2016
    They went away a bit during covid. Aka surprise vacation.
  5. BargeOn

    BargeOn Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2004
    You and John Lennon . . .

    Sorry, that was a bit helter skelter.
  6. Verb the Noun

    Verb the Noun

    Aug 1, 2018
    San Diego
    I have a very heavy right hand in a "live" setting. No matter how much I play by myself, playing with a band will cause fingertip blistering if it's been a while.

    Absolutely sucks developing blisters mid set at a show. You have my condolences, BTDT.

    P.S. Guess I'm just stubborn, I've never considered a string change because of it. The callouses grow back eventually.
  7. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    In an emergency you can put a dot of super glue on your finger tip to be an artificial callus. Don't do this if you have blisters.
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