How often do you get dead strings in a brand new pack?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by PrivateHigh, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. PrivateHigh


    Jul 19, 2009
    Long Island
    Within the past year, I have bought maybe 9 different sets of strings to try out. I wound up with a dead E string in a set of rotosound flats and a dead A string in labella flats. 2 out of 9 seems too high. What do ou think?
  2. Greevus


    Apr 15, 2009
    I used Rotosounds back in the late 80s because of some cat named Steve Harris, and every single time I got a dead E or A. I took them back over and over. Finally gave up on the Rotos, but haven't really had it with other brands. I am a cheap roundwound buyer. I love Musician's Gear from Musician's Exchange. They are approx $10 for a 5 string set. Can't tell the difference in many other expensive brands. Just my two cents.
  3. basmartin


    Aug 6, 2007
    Never. I´ve used Galli strings for 2-3 years now. Change strings once in two months and I have four basses. It takes some effort to kill the tone in those strings.
  4. Horny Toad

    Horny Toad Guest

    Mar 4, 2005
    In 25 years of playing bass, it's happened to me once. About a year ago I bought a set of TI Jazz flats with a dead A string. TI customer service replaced it right away, no questions asked.
  5. PrivateHigh


    Jul 19, 2009
    Long Island
    I didnt know what a dead string was, until I came across one. It sounded so quiet even with the pickup adjusted very close to the string. Sounded nothing like a twisted or badly installed string. The string had very low output. I wonder if any of these strings can be salvageable?
  6. whoatherechunk


    Apr 4, 2008
    I've never had a dead string. Is this rare?
  7. I haven't had it happen in years, but I remember where I had it happen (both A strings) twice in a month....back in the early 90's. Both times my local store was great, but that second experience, I just knew they were looking at me with raised eyebrows. :D
  8. Meatrus


    Apr 5, 2009
    I have used rotos for a couple of years and havent had one dead string, so I guess I'm lucky! The only time I have had a dead string was from a very cheap make which was no surprise!
  9. Maiden Bass

    Maiden Bass Inactive

    Feb 11, 2007
    in the 80s and 90s i got lots of dead rotosounds!!!

    also occasionally in the past i have gotten a few dead blue steels

    not sure about these strings today though
  10. BassGuyFL

    BassGuyFL Formerly known as RichardCranium

    Mar 9, 2009
    Boynton Bch FL
    Exact same thing happened to me. I loved Rotos but was tired of spending $35 in 1987 money on dead brand new strings. Got hooked on the Dean Markley SR 2000's and never had a problem with them. The last couple of sets of Rotos I got recently were fine. Guess they worked out their quality control issues finally.
  11. 4-string


    Jul 23, 2006
    Never, I think. Not bad after 25+ years.

    Once though I got an entire set that was totally dead, but those were flats. ;)
  12. Mulebagger


    Dec 12, 2007
    poppin in the corn belt
    Endorsing Artist: Zon Guitars, Tsunami Cables, DR Strings, GK
    I've had it happen a lot. It really sucks when it does. Daddario, DR, Rotos, BlueSteels, and a few others have turned out to have dead A and E strings. I'm talking different basses different model sets of strings and over a number of years. So frustrating!!!! DR has been the only company to step up and send me a new set when it happened. Now they are pretty much all I use.
  13. Craig_S

    Craig_S Inactive

    Oct 15, 2008
    Metro Detroit
    It happened to me with DR High Beams, about 15 years ago. I got dead A strings from two sets in a row. It put me off DR. I have, yet, to try them again. I will one day.
  14. LilRay

    LilRay Commercial User

    Dec 27, 2007
    Between my Roscoe and Leather
    Owner: Cockeyed Cow Custom Leathercraft
    You ought to they're my favorites.:) Although I've only bought three sets so far:smug:.

    How would you define a "Dead" string? I usually string twice a year so I'm probably more used to dead tone than new.

    Tried DR Fatbeams and have used them a couple months and they sound essentially the same as when I put them on.

    God Bless, Ray
  15. PrivateHigh


    Jul 19, 2009
    Long Island
    I can tolerate strings with less zing, but the bad strings I ended up with had very low output. You can raise the pickup or pluck hard, but barely any sound comes out of the string
  16. this happened to me with Rotosound as well. On several occasions, I received packs with dead A strings
  17. If you ever get a dead-out-of-the-pack string you'll know. I used to use Roto's until they had their infamous bad quality control period in the '80's and I got caught a couple of times. Since then I've tended towards D'addario, although I do grab just about any "reputable" name brands that I can get a real special price on, and haven't had one dead string.
  18. chris lykins

    chris lykins Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2004
    phoenix az
    Twice. Once with DM sr2000 and once with DR highbeams.
  19. Slats


    Apr 25, 2004
    I've been changing strings for 40+ years. I usually thought something sounding a little off was because of change with my hearing....ya know, a cold, allergies, something changing my perception. Never heard people I was with talking about dead strings that were new.

    Best guess has to do with amp or speakers ...just my $.02 worth.
  20. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Yep, I just had this happen for the first time. I have a totally dead A string in a set of Sadowsky Flats. I've never really seen (or heard, I should say) anything quite like it. It's just as you describe, half the volume and very blah sounding, no life at all.

    EDIT: BTW, Sadowsky, with their superior customer support, is replacing the string for me ASAP.