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I like my strings like I like my shoes

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by nocontrols, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. nocontrols


    Apr 2, 2011
    I hate them brand new... too crisp and stiff. I need them to be broken in but if you go too far in that direction, they're dead.

    Some people LOVE new strings and change them constantly. I've heard of pros that change them every show. New strings are too bright and clanky and metallic sounding. I need it to be warmer and darker. It does them good to be a bit worn in. On the other hand, absolutely blackened strings only go "thump" and I need them to ring out a bit more. I don't want dead strings any more than I want a piece of foam stuck under the strings at the bridge.

    Does anyone else feel the need for that perfect balance or am I just choosy?
  2. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    OR...with little velcro straps across the top :)
  3. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    At first I thought your thread read "my shoe laces", and I instantly visualized a bass with strings tied in bows.
  4. UncleFluffy


    Mar 8, 2009
    Head Tinkerer, The Flufflab
    Black and shiny?

  5. I am with ya!!

  6. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    I was sure I would open the thread and see somethng about a little 'soul' built into them ...

    ... and, dont be picking on my little trick bridge foamies now :)
  7. bluesdogblues


    Nov 13, 2007
    I use Jamerson LABella sets and I'm very happy. But I like Dead strings tone :)
  8. nocontrols


    Apr 2, 2011
    ha ha... Not quite. ;)

    I resisted the urge to go with a pun. I like that one, though :D

    I understand the dead and/or muted string tone. It certainly has its time and place. But I need a bit more zing, just because I play rock. Not too much... I still consider my tone basically warm and dark but it has to have some kick to it. Flats sound great for jazz, though. There are jazz guys who NEVER change their strings.
  9. wednesdayagain


    Sep 28, 2012
    Guess I'm not alone
  10. I don't like a sharp, new string sound on bass strings. Don't mind it on guitars, but it kind of hurts my ears on a bass.

    I put brand new D'Addarios on my Jazz and couldn't stand to play it. Switched to Rotosound Swing 66. They still sounded fresh, but weren't so sharp. Much happier with strings that have a mellower "new sound".
  11. AwesomeWithAQ


    Nov 25, 2012
    I can't stand 'em! I just put a fresh set of DRs on my bass and I can't wait for them to mellow out. I usually play ground wounds for this reason. I think the DRs will be nice though once broken in. Looking for sweetness without zing.
  12. what, on your feet? that won't do them too much good.

    seriously though i like a both but in different situations. newer strings are always nicer to play but sometimes i want a broken in sound
  13. RedMoses

    RedMoses Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2012
    Takes at least 2 weeks till strings sound right IMO
  14. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    I put my set of Fender 9050CL 45-60-80-105 flats on a couple of years ago and they just keep getting better with every gig on my P-style fanned fret bass.
  15. Technotitclan

    Technotitclan Lurking TB from work

    Mar 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    Elixir strings. The coating makes them sound a little worn in and will keep them sounding that way. Each set always lasted me about 3 years. starting sounding more dead after 2.5 years.
  16. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I've found that perfect balance.

    The strings on my P-bass were installed in 1972. They're as close to perfect as anything I've ever heard. It takes all kinds.

    When I install new strings, I find that I need at least a couple of months before they settle down and start to sound right.

  17. 4-string


    Jul 23, 2006
    Then they are dead to me. ;) I'd change strings every day if I could.

    Love flats too, but rounds must be fresh. Perhaps I should start selling "broken in" strings. ;)

    Don't like new shoes...

  18. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    It's funny. I love the feel of new shoes, and I love the sound and feel of brand new rounds.