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Longest You've Kept on a Single Set?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Brad Barker, Feb 24, 2002.


  1. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    please, give time (approximate time may suffice) and make/model


    me: since mid-summer. DR hi-beams on my spector (which i play quite a lot). i figure around 9 months and counting...
     
  2. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I play hard...so I'm lucky to go 3 months. usually it's about that though. anywhere from 2-4 practices a week, and anywhere from 1-3 gigs a week, I kinda kill strings...which is a pity. I can;t go and spend 50 a shot on strings, so I'm stuck on Fender bass strings, on a purely economic level.
     
  3. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    8 months and counting on my Fender flats.
     
  4. I've got a pair of Thomasilks on my Jazz, been on there for 14 months and counting. I pratice with the bass 3 hours a day, and gig twice a week. Man should i replace those strings
     
  5. 9 months on my elixirs. To me, it almosts like theyre improving. Im so fond of these strings, i dont think Ill be trying anohter brand for a very long while
     
  6. I had a set of ghs Boomers on my (ex) Fender Jazz for about a year. At first I didnt have the money to buy a new set because I was breaking my guitar strings weekly... and then I started to like the "thump" I got from the dead strings.
     
  7. heelflip86

    heelflip86

    May 17, 2001
    well everyone, i got my bass in 1998, and havent changed the strings since because ive gotten used to the sound and started to like it, i dunno, maybe i just forgot what new strings sounded like?? lol
     
  8. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    The longest i went was a year. damn! new strings are BRIGHT after playing with some jizzy strings.
     
  9. I've had Rotosound Tapewounds on my fretless Ray 5 for around 9 months now.. I don't think they'll be leaving.

    I had a set of D'Addario Prisms on my Peavey that must have lasted me 7 months or so of use.. I took them off once but kept them as a backup and a few months later I decided to put them back on.. they were still surprisingly bright after maybe 4 months of sitting in a gigbag.
     
  10. the 35-95 set of Rotosound Jazz flatwounds on my Hohner TWP600B accoustic have been on for over 5 years now.
    I love the tone, so I don't need to change them.

    I keep boiling roundwounds after they go dead- the set of 45-105 Rotosound Swing Bass on my Hohner B2A headless are about 2 years old now.

    with headed basses I have to buy new sets after about 6-7 months as the silk ends and windings start falling apart after repeated soaking in white spirit and boiling.
     
  11. thrash_jazz

    thrash_jazz

    Jan 11, 2002
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Artist: JAF Basses, Circle K Strings
    I used to frequently keep strings on for a year or more since I couldn't really afford to buy new sets that often... I think my record has to be somewhere between two and three years. :p
     
  12. gweimer

    gweimer

    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    The D'Addario Chromes have been on the G&L for about a year, and I just recently changed the strings on my Epiphone for the first time in about 6 years.
     
  13. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    Elixirs, June '99 thru Feb '01. They weren't dead, either -- I just wanted to try the new Nanowebs!
     
  14. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    Slowounds on my MIA P for 14 months and counting...
     
  15. Monkey

    Monkey Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Dayton, Ohio, USA
    I don't know exactly how long, but all four of my electrics have strings about 1 1/2 old or older. I once had Thomastik Spirocores on my upright for 12 years! At $140 or so a set, I can go a long time without new strings.
     
  16. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    I bought an old Danelectro bass in 1978, put on a fresh set of D'Addario HalfRounds and they have never been changed.

    That's 24 years and counting :cool:
     
  17. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    I've kept the Thomastik Jazz Flats on my MIM Jazz for a year. I pulled 'em off, only because I wanted to go back to roundwound...maybe I shouldn't have???

    When I'm actively gigging, I change the strings on my bass every week or two at the most. When I'm not gigging, I'll go about 2 months without changing strings.
     
  18. Ciaran

    Ciaran

    Apr 4, 2001
    Ireland
    16 months on my acoustic.
    I'm dreading the day I break one

    I HATE new strings:mad:
     
  19. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I put some Peavey Stainless Steel straings on my Dyna-Bass about 1990/91. I went through a hiatus of about 5 years there where I didn't play much. I then joined GUM! and recorded the Chew album with them in 1997/98. I used the same strings. After practicing with them for about 6 months with the bamd they started having intonation problems so I replaced them. So Seven Years is my longest stint on one set.

    Currently the strings on my Palaedium are 4 years old. I think those are the oldest ones I have in use today.

    I like old strings. Hate new ones.
     
  20. Monkey

    Monkey Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Dayton, Ohio, USA
    Philbiker, maybe there's a market out there for crusty old strings. Kinda like the "relic" instruments that Fender sells. You could put them in a smokehouse, drag them behind a truck, then soak them in bacon grease for a few months. You could then sell "Relic" string sets at $150 a set. I love old strings, too, but prefer the do-it-yourself method of "relic-ing."