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Jazz Bass Question

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by footprints89, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. I've always had something come up where I haven't had to change my own strings (haven't been playing long). I have my first pack, and I need to change them for a large show. Does anyone have a good video or instructional for changing strings on a Jazz Bass?
  2. webelo


    Jun 7, 2011
    Douglas, MA
    A quick google search has revealed this video:


    You'll also find this in the stickies.
  3. Thanks for the response, but my bass is a bit different. I use the Geddy Lee model, and It just has a hole on the side of the peg (no opening on the top).
  4. Alright. I saw an explanation for the other tuning peg. Do I have to cut the string before I tighten? I'm just a bit nervous I will mess it up. Haha.
  5. webelo


    Jun 7, 2011
    Douglas, MA
    If your tuning peg just has a hole through it (like a guitar tuning peg), you can cut the string after you've wound it around the tuning peg (in fact, now that I think about it, you'll have to do it this way).

    A couple of other things to consider...
    - you'll want to tug (pull up) on the string a little to stretch it. Do this a couple of times and re-tune after every tug.
    - you will want to check your intonation with new strings.
    - I'd recommend not changing them on the day of a show. Play them and let them settle in before you gig with them.
    - tune often until they've settled in.
  6. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Midtown Guitars Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    measure twice, cut once. you can always make a string shorter, not longer.
    i normally measure to the next tuning peg, sometimes two, then cut.
  7. Thanks for all the input, guys!

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