So I got a 40$ project bass (Ibanez GSR205) a few weeks ago. I fixed it up and everything, but I can't tell how old the strings are that came with it. They're some dumb looking (in my opinion) orange strings, but before emptying my wallet for some new (regular nickel colored) strings, I want to know how to tell how old these are. I don't want to buy new strings yet if these still have life to them (despite how much I hate colored strings). It's so hard to look for corrosion or skin in between the coils because it's coated in some orange stuff. I have no clue what these strings are in the first place, all I can tell is that they're roundwound. The only sign of wear I see is that the orange is rubbed off a bit wherever there is a fret. So if any of you are experienced with colored or coated strings, can you tell me how much playing it takes before the color wears off over the frets? Thank you. Please don't tell me to just buy new strings. I'm on a budget and I'd hate to remove strings that potentially have life left in them since they're expensive, no matter how much I hate the colored strings. And no, I couldn't ever put these strings back on if I removed them because the previous owner installed them so badly that if they were removed and put on once more they would break. So these can't be saved for backups. Also, perhaps one of you could identify these strings, and if they turn out being cheap, I could justify throwing them out and getting new ones.