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Quickest way to deaden flats?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by 250GBsOfAwesome, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. 250GBsOfAwesome


    Jul 11, 2008
    I just bought a pack of Chromes a couple of weeks ago and they've still got a really metallic sound and I really need them dead.

    Any tips that I don't know about?
  2. Meatrus


    Apr 5, 2009
    This has been done before a couple of times on here, and the general idea was to just play them a lot.

    Hope this helps!
  3. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford

    Feb 15, 2008
    Took about 2 months to get mine down.

    Maybe boil them? I hear that deadens strings.
  4. 250GBsOfAwesome


    Jul 11, 2008
    I always thought that boiling had the opposite effect? Like they would liven up dead strings. I could be wrong though.
  5. Grizzly700


    Mar 18, 2008
    Maryville, TN
    Boiling strings cleans them and makes them brighter.

    I have heard of some famous player dipping his strings in barbecue sauce and grease to get them dead very quickly.
  6. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford

    Feb 15, 2008
    I know, for rounds. I thought maybe it would do the opposite for flats.. Hey, it was a bit of advice! ;)
  7. OlSkewl56


    May 26, 2007
    South Texas
    Works for me.
    3 basses, all w/ chromes.
    They mellowed out usually in 3 to 4 weeks.
  8. depalm

    depalm Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    The only way I know is to play a lot with them, Chromes really take some time to brake in. You should keep the bass out of the case or gig bag when you're not playing and never wash your hands. :)

    Other brands are less metallic when new. Labella for ex.
  9. Meatrus


    Apr 5, 2009
    An alternative would be to buy some deader sounding flats, as I hear chromes are quite bright for flats.
  10. John Wentzien

    John Wentzien

    Jun 25, 2007
    Elberta, AL
    Artist:TC Electronic RH450 bass system (original test-pilot)
    Butter....lots of butter.

    (maybe peanutbutter?)
  11. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
  12. Nic.


    Aug 28, 2009
    I remember seeing someone mention on this board about a famous bassist who used to eat fried chicken before playing and didn't wash his hands. Sorry I can't provide more details though!
  13. Jefenator


    Aug 22, 2008
    Yeah, boiling makes 'em sound newer.

    Try eating fried chicken then go play without washing your hands. Jaco of all people was known to do this.
  14. Kael


    Dec 26, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    Just play them. Coating them in some goo is just a recipe for ehf'ing up your bass in the long run. Who wants to try and get dried BBQ sauce or some such out of your pickups? No thanks.

    They won't ever deaden as much as other flats will, but I am sure you already knew that as it is common knowldedge that Chromes are a little bright for a flat.
  15. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Los Angeles
    The problem with the fried food approach is that you'll get dead strings, but you'll also get some horrible, horrible funk up against the sides of your frets. Whatever you do, do it to the strings off of the bass!
  16. I advise eating fried chicken anyway, because it tastes so good.
  17. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    Just play 'em!

    Use that one bass only to practice and rehearse- if they don't mellow out in a week or so, you just aren't playing enough!
  18. zachbass02

    zachbass02 One Hairy....squatch.

    Jan 3, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Get a small order of McDonalds fries....eat them with your left hand only, then play. Wipe down your bass when you're done with it. You'd be suprised how well that works....
  19. Oric


    Feb 19, 2008
    Georgetown, Kentucky
    Once those Chromes break in, you'll love them. they don't get as dead as some flats do, but the tone is really worth it, and when you turn up the neck pickup (or whatever the thumpiest setting on your bass is), you can get plenty of thump.
  20. I got a bottle of Fretboard Conditioner and would put a bit on my fingertips. This works in three aspects.

    1. Deadens the strings
    2. Keeps the fretboard from drying out
    3. Allows you to slide SUPER fast. If you have any songs where you jump down to the high notes, you can do it insanely fast with that gunk on your fingers!