Just electrocuted myself while changing strings!

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Swerve, Mar 1, 2024.

  1. Swerve


    Nov 22, 2002
    Well there's a first time for everything I guess.

    Was sitting on the edge of my bed removing some nickel rounds and replacing them with Fender ml flats on my P bass. Got to removing the G string and as I'm pulling it out the bottom of the ferrule the light in my bedroom goes out, I see a flash of fire in front of my face and felt immediate severe burning in my right hand. I screamed and leapt off the bed and out the door!

    Ran out the room trying to figure what the heck just happened. My index finger and thumb are singed. So I go to the bathroom to run cold water under them.

    Went back in the room with a flashlight on. I keep a 6 outlet surge protector on the floor near my bed to plug in a lamp and a phone charger. Apparently the ball end of the string touched or went into one of the 3 prongs on an open outlet and sent a current right through it.

    After flipping the breaker everything came back on and nothing in the room was damaged. Just some sore burned fingers on my part and when I dropped the string it also burned part of my blanket.

    Bass was fine, just covered in spit, apparently you drool when you get electrocuted. :drool:

    Let this be a PSA, do NOT change your strings near any open electrical outlets. :woot:


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  2. Hoochie Coochie Man

    Hoochie Coochie Man Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2014
    The Chequamegon
    Doin’ The Kilowatt Shuffle!

    We hope it didn’t kill ya.
  3. Swerve


    Nov 22, 2002
    As Sir Elton would say, I'm still standing!
  4. Swerve


    Nov 22, 2002
    Also this wasn't the only crazy thing to happen to me today. Someone rear ended my car on the way to work this morning and sped off. Leaving me with a cracked bumper and a sore back.

    Used up a couple of my 9 lives today that's for sure!
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  5. Danny C

    Danny C

    Oct 31, 2018
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  6. Carl Hillman

    Carl Hillman

    Jan 1, 2010
    If I were you, I'd buy a lottery ticket.

    All of your good luck for today went someplace else. Who's to say it didn't go into some numbers?
  7. Swerve


    Nov 22, 2002
    Happy to report after all that mess the Fender 9050ML's are a great fit on my P bass. Probably won't be changing these strings for a long time.
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  8. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Well that’s kinda rad.
  9. thrashingbass


    Jul 14, 2009
    Wow, what an unfortunate accident! Amazing how that happened-but glad you are safe.
  10. Levent


    Oct 26, 2022
    New fear unlocked :nailbiting:
  11. SemiDriven

    SemiDriven Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2012
    Milwaukee, WI
    And this concludes our Public Service Announcement (PSA) on TalkBass on the 1st day of March, 2024.


    Glad you're OK!

    Even better that the new strings rock! :thumbsup::)
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  12. red_rhino

    red_rhino Currently on Double Secret Probation Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2001
    Over Macho Grandé
    This reads like the opening scene of an episode of Six Feet Under. Glad you were able to post this story, rather than having the story posted about you after-the-fact. :thumbsup: (We can be a cruel and snarky bunch sometimes.)
  13. Damn, I always knew "surge protectors" were a lie. Now we have proof.
  14. C Stone

    C Stone

    Sep 4, 2020
    That is a crazy story! What are the odds
    of the string landing in the outlet. Glad you are good and back in business, I’m a fan of Fender 9050’s great strings IMO Sorry about your car that is a bummer.
    Enjoy your new strings and take it easy.
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  15. SteC


    Mar 20, 2012
    New York
    That's terrifying. Glad you're ok
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  16. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Dope! Memories bro.

    You'll be fine in a few days
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  17. VeryTallBassist

    VeryTallBassist Supporting Member

    Mar 21, 2022
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  18. Playing Wednesday's game.