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I did something dumb.

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Hawaii Islander, Sep 28, 2020.

  1. Hawaii Islander

    Hawaii Islander Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2007
    Rio Rico, AZ
    I bought a set of Rotosound tapewound strings for my Guild Starfire II bass. Everything was going smoothly until I went to put on the new D string. I inadvertently measured my D string to the G string tuner :thumbsdown: and cut it too short for the D string tuner :banghead:.

    As a short term fix, I installed my old flat wound A string in the D string position. It sounds and plays fine.

    Fortunately, these tape wounds will work on my Hofner Ignition bass. The cut D string reaches the D string tuner on the Hofner. I ordered another set of Rotosound tape wound strings for my Guild. :thumbsup:
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    good save.
  3. forrestlaw

    forrestlaw Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2018
    I did that once with a set of GHS strings. When I contacted them to inquire about buying a single string and explained my rather embarrassing mistake they just sent me a new one.
  4. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
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  5. SemiDriven

    SemiDriven Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2012
    Milwaukee, WI
    On the bright side, at least it was just doing one dumb thing instead of doing multiple dumb things. :D

    I feel pretty good about myself when I can limit my dumb to one thing-per-day. :smug:

    Nice salvage job!
  6. Don’t have your mind on something else, when you are changing strings.:)
  7. Hawaii Islander

    Hawaii Islander Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2007
    Rio Rico, AZ
    Never change strings while watching football. lol
  8. RNG1

    RNG1 Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2015
    A really dumb thing would have been to just use the cut string on a different tuner where it would fit, don’t sweat it you’re among friends.
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  9. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    Hand up if you learned this the hard way. The only time I've ever broken a string was while trying to change strings on my D. Lakin while chatting with my wife and with the TV on in the background. To make matters worse, the bass was pretty new to me at the time, and it has reverse tuners. Twisted the key the wrong way and... <snap>
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  10. jeffb28451

    jeffb28451 Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2006
    Leland NC
    Good on ya! I would have probably panicked.
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  11. I’ve been there too! I was stringing a P bass with Fender 9120 tape wounds and cut the G much too short! Had to order a single and it was fine. Used a stainless steel G for a while waiting for new string!
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  12. GHS is a great company. They take care of you.
  13. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies! Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    I think everyone has done this.
    The feeling is enough to make sure you don't do it again!
    Glad you could repurpose the strings.
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  14. superheavyfunk

    superheavyfunk 音楽は人生だ

    Mar 11, 2013
    You know, you might find that you like your bass strung up that way if you play around with it long enough. I used to put flats on my E and A string and round and my D and G. I found it allowed me to get a great thump down low where I wanted it and a crisp snap up high when I needed it.
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  15. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    I managed to do this before. In my case the string just barely reached and I could almost get 2/3 of a wrap around the peg...I wanted to run it but I couldn’t bring myself to do it...not only because was it a little sketchy but I was too prideful to show-up on stage being “that guy”.
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  16. mikeyjm2

    mikeyjm2 Keepin' it simple.

    Dec 31, 2014
    Houston, TX
    I'm embarrassed to admit, but I've cut strings short twice. You'd have thought the first time would have been enough, but nope. I'm stubborn. :banghead:
  17. Silver lining .....
    1. Find an old 5 gallon bucket
    2. Find an old broomstick
    3. Tie now too short D string to bucket and broomstick.
    4. Start a jug band
    Ta-da!!..... New bass day!
    Your welcome :thumbsup:
  18. Benj-jammin

    Benj-jammin Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2020
    North Carolina
    I think we've all done something like that in our day.....
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  19. Peter Hess

    Peter Hess

    Aug 21, 2020
    There’s a saying in the construction trade. It goes ‘measure twice, cut once’. Since applying this formula I have never screwed up a string.
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  20. Ruknrole

    Ruknrole Got Tort? Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2018
    Google always has the answer...:)



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