Q regarding changing strings for the first time

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Mark Jacobs, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. Mark Jacobs

    Mark Jacobs

    Dec 16, 2000
    I'm a guitarist but I play a little bass too. I want to change my strings and I wondered if I string them exactly the same as a guitar. Anything I should do differently? Any tricks I should be aware of?
  2. Lyle Caldwell

    Lyle Caldwell

    Sep 7, 2004
    Most basses are strung just like most guitars. Other than leaving more string behind the tuner post when you trim prior to stringing up, it's the same. On a Fender type bass, you want to have the string go 5" beyond the tuner used (so if you're trimming a low E string, trim it between the D and G tuners).
  3. Mark Jacobs

    Mark Jacobs

    Dec 16, 2000
    Thanks Lyle. Yeah, it's a P-Bass
  4. travatron4000


    Dec 27, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    well, it's a little different because on a guitar there's a hole through the post that you run the string through. On a bass you push the end down through from the top into the post then bend it down through the slot.