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Flea changing his strings EVERY day!!

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Thomas Kievit, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    I was watching a video on Youtube from PremierGuitar and they interviewed Flea's basstech. He said that he had to change the strings of his main bass every single day..

    Isn't that a little bit exaggerated even if Flea can play the bass like no other? :eyebrow:
  2. pineapplerobot


    Jul 23, 2012
    Omaha, NE
    If I had the money to do that, I would.
  3. Well, given that Flea uses GHS strings, I'm not really all that surprised. Everytime I've tried them, they died really quickly. :shrug:
  4. Guish

    Guish Supporting Member

    I can hear a difference from the first set to the second one with brand new strings.. If he's got a lot of acidity, it's totally normal! Like pineapplerobot said, if I had the money, I would change them every single day too!

    (ps. sorry for my english)
  5. And he bangs the hell out of them! Changing is a good idea.
  6. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    They've been my favorite strings forever, and that's one of their best features! :)
  7. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Maybe if he used some Elixer strings or Pyramids he could do longer.. I tried GHS and I didn't like them at all!
  8. Electric Druid

    Electric Druid

    May 20, 2009
    Changing strings every show is very common for big touring acts. It ensures the sound is consistent from night to night and lessens the chance of breaking a string.
  9. bombpop14


    Apr 10, 2010
    Irvine, California USA
    Endorsing Artist Ampeg Amps
    And he gets them for free.....
  10. sevdog


    Mar 2, 2008
    I, on the other hand, would never play a show with brand new strings:smug:
  11. remulous


    Feb 24, 2011
    WWJS? (what would Jamerson say?)
  12. Joe Murray

    Joe Murray

    May 14, 2008
    Fairfax, VA
    I make it a point to change my strings before every show. Doing a full night (3 sets) will take the zing out of a set of strings, and there is nothing like the sound of a new set.
  13. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    If I had Flea's money and endorsements, I would change strings daily too.
  14. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    I put on a fresh set before every show. I can't afford a new set every time, but I always soak a set in denatured alcohol a few days before the gig to get them as new as possible.
  15. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    If I had the money, I'd put on a fresh set of Roto 66's every day, just like Chris Squire does.
  16. geddeeee


    Jun 30, 2006
    ALL good bassists in the top bands change strings before every show....
  17. MSUsousaphone


    Dec 4, 2009
    Lake Charles, La
    Endorsed Artist: Myco Pedals
    Yeah my sweaty sweaty hands. Even the most awesome strings I buy only last me two weeks and I am not a regular gigger. If I was, I could totally see changing every few days and if I played as much as RHCP, it's be every day. I HATE dead strings.
  18. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Only his main bass gets changed every day? Hell, Rick Nielsen brings 25 guitars to every gig, plays each one for 5 minutes, and requires his tech to change the strings on every single one of them before every gig.
  19. bassfran


    Mar 1, 2012
    Endorsing artist: Lakland basses

    (What Would Duck Do?)
  20. themarshall


    Jun 26, 2008
    cochrane wi
    Heard something the other day about Brad Paisley's guitar tech switching every 3 songs.

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