Ok guys, this may be the ULTIMATE string cleaning method .....

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by OzzyGreg, Dec 25, 2014.

  1. .
    For years bass players have been wiping/soaking/boiling their strings.
    Each method has it's advantages and disadvantages.

    Here are just a few disadvantages aired here in TB countless times:

    1. Wiping only cleans the outer surface of the strings, it doesn't get the crud out that sits down between the windings. (True IMO)

    2. Boiling involves heat which adversely affects the strings (Rubbish IMO. Nowhere near hot enough, but anyway....)

    3. Any soaking method involves removing (ie. de-tensioning) the strings, which can trap some crud between the windings as the tension is released and the string contracts. (True IMO)

    4. Removing/re-fitting strings affects their useable life. After cleaning they go "dead" a lot quicker. (Yes and maybe)

    5. "Slapping the s....t" out of strings destroys them. (Probably true IMO)

    etc. etc.

    I think I may have come up with a string cleaning method that addresses every naysayer's concerns.
    Even those who'll say: "Easier to just fit new strings." .... No, not easier than my method!
    This method takes less than half the time it takes to replace strings on a bass.

    I won't go into details just yet, because I'm about to try it out for the first time.
    Just suffice to say this is an "on bass" cleaning method that will get every, and I mean every, bit of crud out from between the windings.

    Stay tuned!
    I'm pretty excited about this! :thumbsup:
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  2. devinp17


    Jun 26, 2014
    Ontario, Canada
    Pun intended?
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  3. Dug2


    Sep 24, 2011
    pat. pending of coarse.
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  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Gee, I hope he didn't steal my idea...

  5. BazzTard

    BazzTard Inactive

    Actually.......jimmy might be onto something here........now where did that crazy cat lady live?
  6. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
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  7. Damn, check the blackheads out on that cats nose. Squeeze 'em.
  8. I hope Ozzy G lets us in on his idea... the tension is killing me.
  9. tomersg


    Aug 6, 2007
    the fastest stings cleaning and changing method is get in music store and go out with new bass and new strings. carol kaye style.
  10. Menno


    Feb 21, 2011
    The Netherlands
    If you're gonna try it out for the first time, how can you describe the advantages so well. And if it takes half the time of replacing strings, I would have expected a follow up post about ten minutes later.

    No offence, but just curious.
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  11. ChefKen


    Aug 30, 2014
    NW CT

    I takes a long time to rewind strings once you have taken them apart!!!!
  12. rolandm

    rolandm In search of the lowest note.

    Aug 8, 2010
    Peoria, IL
    I don't think slapping the shizzle out of them ala MarloweDK damages the strings any more than slapping the shizzle out of them when they are under full tension at pitch would.
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  13. Andyman001

    Andyman001 moderation must be taken with a grain of salt

    Feb 11, 2010
    S/E Idaho
    I think he's going to soak the whole bass.
  14. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Dyson? Shark?
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  15. Im a sock

    Im a sock

    Dec 23, 2002
    Central MA
    Not string related, but I'll drop some cat knowledge on ya. Those aren't blackheads, but they are in fact freckles. Orange cats are the gingers of the cat world. One of my cats gets them too and I asked the vet about it once.

    And now you know.

    EDIT: Just to stay relevant, I just replace the strings when they go dull. Much easier and gives me a chance to uncrud the fretboard and rest of the bass. My $.02
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  16. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    This thread over-promises and under-delivers. D-
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  17. Levin


    Oct 30, 2012
    Cleaning strings?
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  18. Funkmabassup


    Jul 16, 2013
    I still got the best method tough; Buy Elixir strings, no maintenance and plenty of zing for months too come. The set I have on my bass is about 18 months old, played more or less every day and they still got some crisp and decent slap-tone left. After Elixir upgraded their coating these strings just seem to last forever
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  19. On one of my P basses, I'm still using 27 year old strings and wouldn't even consider boiling, slapping the s%&$ or any other "cleaning methods", let alone replacing those venerable D'Addarios with a new set. Since that bass is tuned DGCF, the lesser tension makes for a longer lifespan, I suppose.
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  20. Luckydog


    Dec 25, 1999
    Well, so far, your method has taken an estimated 16 hours and still no results.