Ok to swap strings many times?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by jastraw, May 16, 2022.

  1. jastraw


    Dec 19, 2016
    I recently got TI Jazz Flats on my G&l L2000. My first time using them. Simply awesome.

    I want to sample them on my other basses. 4 or 5 of them. What type of permanent issue or damage will I cause my single beloved set by taking them on and off half a dozen times?
  2. Al Rivera

    Al Rivera

    Mar 20, 2021
    They may begin to unwind .
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  3. trothwell


    Apr 9, 2008
    I've moved a set of TI flats around at least a half dozen times. The silk has gotten pretty frayed, but the strings are still fine otherwise.

    That said, I'm not sure I'd want to do it much more than that. No formal scientific reason, just kinda feel nervous to keep pushing it.

    But it may be worthwhile experiment anyway. I have four basses. I think TI Flats sound great on two of them, pretty good on a third, and just didn't seem to work at all on the fourth.
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  4. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    TI strings don't take well to being taken on and off a bass. You'll ruin them if you remove and install four or five times.
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  5. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Once I came to this conclusion I just got a set for some of my other basses. If you love them on your L2K you will love them on something else.
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  6. jastraw


    Dec 19, 2016
    I m starting to come to that conclusion. If they are cheaper. The gamble would be easier to take. In reality, it's not much of a gamble.

    I m most curious to hear how they sound on a G&L SB2 and Yammy BBP34.

    Another note, dunno if it's my ears. After 20 hours on TIJF, they sound better. More full range.
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  7. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    They are higher cost. No way around it. But there is a seller on Amazon who lists them as Accordion Accessory and they are usually between $50-70. Wide pricing range but it beats $90+. Find it, book mark it. Set price alert.
  8. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    In my experience, it depends on
    1. The type, brand, and gauge of the strings; and
    2. How little you straighten the tuner ends of the strings when you move them.
    If you have a true top-loading bridge (no little holes to pull the strings through) on the bass you're taking them off of - and you're putting them on a bass with the same kind of bridge? Then you can swap those strings quite a few more times than you'll be able to, if you have to straighten out the tuner ends to pull them through those holes in a lot of bridges. Very few strings I've ever used (and I've used a lot of different ones) take kindly to that; and that's exactly where all the strings I've moved around 3 or 4 times, broke.
    So... yeah; it depends on a few things...:whistle:
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  9. fishdude101101


    Oct 15, 2020
    Why and in what way?
  10. darwin-bass


    Mar 29, 2013
    Salem OR
    I've done just this with my TI flats. BUT I have drop-in top load bridges. Same bridges on two basses, same tuners on 2 basses. Same scale length & headstock shape (therefore tuner location) so the swap is as stress free as it can be.

    But, now that my experiment is over, I have 2 more sets on order since both basses are best with TIs.
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  11. bassface69


    Jan 12, 2020
    Unbelievable on BBP34 or 35. Trust me! ;)
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  12. J Wilson

    J Wilson

    Apr 22, 2022
    An Undisclosed Location
    Perhaps not ideal, but I'd darn sure try it at least on the 2 or 3 of them before I'd shell out $50-75 each.

    Your chances of doing this are better if you put a right-angle crimp on the post end when originally installed.

    I know lots of folks love these strings, but those prices are beyond silly for me. Tone and feel were fine, but I saw no real jump in them lasting any longer than anything else when I tried several sets. Like I said, other cats get something out of them I never found. Maybe sacrilege, but I'd rather have 3 sets of Basics or XL's for the same spend and change them more often.
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  13. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
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  14. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    They have a silk wrap between the outer wrap and the inner core. You take the strings on and off and on and off and the wrap gets loosened, in my experience. You can swap them once or twice but if you were to take them on and off four or five basses, I think it would most likely ruin them.
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  15. roborend

    roborend Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2012
    Rock Island Illinois
    I've moved a set of TI flats around on 4 different basses and they hold up well but definitely get a bit more dull sounding each time and I think 4x is about the limit
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  16. Tim Craig

    Tim Craig Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Nashville area
    Depending on what state you live in you might first want to check with local authorities.
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  17. Bodeeni

    Bodeeni Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2010
    I have moved TIs around without issue. Probably not more than two or three, but no breaks or real changes in the tone. I do the same with Chromes and various rounds. The silks take a beating but that is about it. I do think you loose a bit of the fresh string zing with every move.
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  18. marchone

    marchone Since 1951 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    $73.50 today.
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  19. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    If the basses you’re swapping strings on are the same scale, have the same headstock configuration - 4 in a line, for example, and have quick change bridges (where you don’t have to run the whole string through the bridge), then swapping isn’t hard on the strings. If any of those conditions aren’t met, things can get messy really quickly.

    Short answer: it depends….
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  20. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    The strings will let you know.

    I've done this with strings over the years, and in my experience, up at the headstock they will have had enough and one will break when you're tuning up.
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