Is there a way to prematurely age flatwounds?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Persona87, Jan 15, 2015.

  1. Persona87


    Dec 4, 2012
    DFW, Texas
    I have a set of TI flats on my 5 string Carvin that spent about six months on another bass before that. The set is around eight months old now and it's settling in nicely. The problem is that I decided to restring the bass with a high C instead of a low B, and that new string is MUCH brighter than the others. Is there anything I can do to warm this string up and make it sound more like its neighbors? Should I just bite the bullet, order the rest of the set, and restring the whole thing? Or should I just accept the tonal variation and hope that it settles in eventually?
  2. Klonk


    Apr 28, 2011
    According to various sources here on TB, you could order from KFC, eat it, not wipe your hands, and then play some...

    Tbh, though, I really don't know, I've wondered the same myself, since I have tested alot of different flatwound sets bought new online during the last few years. Subbed!
  3. Pier_


    Dec 22, 2013
    Roma, Italia
    just use it... play a bit with the tone closed (or high-frequencies control a bit closed) to even them a bit, and let it break in.
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  4. joebar


    Jan 10, 2010
    some of it is oxidation as well.
    KFC should do the trick for the rest though; that s**t will kill you and your strings:laugh:
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  5. T_Bone_TL


    Jan 10, 2013
    SW VT
  6. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
  7. have two kids, back to back, both boys. That ought to put a lil age on'm. Real quick like
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  8. Mikeee71

    Mikeee71 Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Prior to installing new flats on my bass I put a thin coat of Vasaline to the strings for about an hour. Then wipe it off and install.
    It takes the stickiness and zing off the string.
  9. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    I just cant imagine wiping off Vasaline and not having it be sticky?
  10. Mikeee71

    Mikeee71 Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    It's not at all.
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