I killing my strings in two gigs

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by DieselKTM, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. I'm getting two/possibly three gigs on a set of strings.
    I like a bright snappy tone and my Eden gear exploits that.

    But its expensive. Anybody else have the same issue.

    I've used stainless and get a bit more life but they are more suited to my old hair metal days, and are too aggressive for retro stuff.

    Anybody else have the same experience? Any cool tricks you can share?:meh:
  2. Take them off after every gig and soak in methylated spirit for 24 hrs
  3. aprod

    aprod Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    This really works...
  4. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    what strings are you using?
  5. jefkritz


    Oct 20, 2007
    iowa city, IA
    this. i use denatured alcohol.
  6. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Slap the $h1t out of them...

    Love it!
  7. Rich McCoy

    Rich McCoy

    Apr 8, 2013

    Get some Fender 9050 flats.
  8. Toptube

    Toptube Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    Nothing lasts like Elixirs. You can order custom sets, too. If you prefer balanced tension.
  9. P Town

    P Town

    Dec 7, 2011
    Do you think that anyone but you would notice the difference if you did not replace strings as often as you think you need to?
  10. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    What kind of strings?
  11. David Hayes

    David Hayes Guest

    Clean your hands before you play. Wipe down your strings and fretboard with Fast Fret after you're done.

  12. Did he say "sweat and dung kills the strings."?
  13. C130AVN

    C130AVN Stringed Tubist

    Apr 19, 2012
    Winnipeg, MB
    I have super salty sweat and I kill normal Stainless strings in about a week. I made the switch to Elixir Strings and they last me for 3-4 months of regular play. I am careful to wash my hands before playing though. They are pricey but after I do the math it works out cheaper in the end. I tried DR coated strings and hated them, sticky feeling that never went away.
  14. NOT


    Jul 15, 2011
    Try some Elixirs. I've had a set on my main bass since April and they have yet to go dead.
  15. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    How about DR Dragon Skins?

    They are coated Hi Beams. I have them on a P Bass, and they sound exactly as they did 6 months or so ago. Bright, but not raspy bright like new Rotos.
  16. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    These are among my very favorite strings. I have them on all of my 4's (DR..make me a tapered .135 and they'll be on my 5's as well!). Love them. They are coated, but not slick like Elixirs.
  17. +1 go with a coated string. I like Dr Neons.
  18. and
    Stop eating fried chicken when you play :rollno:
    :eyebrow: what kind of strings are you using :confused:
  19. lundborg


    Apr 8, 2008
    You can boil the strings (in water). I used to do this, it works.
  20. Gonna try slapping the Sh&t out of em. Very interesting.