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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by tonemachine, Mar 27, 2015.
If you don't use it anywhere near as much as the others.
Well, maybe not if that leads to different sound character between that B string and the other newer strings (which I think it often would). Four fresh and bright strings combined with one duller string isn't my favourite.
Maybe they need to put a counter on the bridge, to count how many times you pluck each string. A "slap" or "pop" counts for two plucks, a "tap" for 1/2 pluck. Each string ought to be good for a million plucks, so you change each string out individually when it hits a million.
I'd rather change just the E if Fender sold single flats.
I play a fiver like a fiver, not a four-string with the B just for below-E.
That B string gets played a lot.
Just wondering how much money I've already saved so far by not owning a 5-string bass.
My B gets used a lot, but because I have a harder time telling when it goes dead compared to my other strings, I don't change it as often. Earlier today I took out a bass that I hadn't played in awhile and could hear right away that the top 4 were dead, but the B doesn't sound too bad.
No fiver here, but a BEAD beast. I use Ernie Ball flatwounds on it, which I buy as singles. I do use all strings, as I tend to play a little higher up the neck more frequently. I normally change all four strings at the same time.
By this logic I'll save a bunch of money by never buying a G again.
I change all strings at the same time...
IME, The b needs changed before anything else. It goes from zing to flab before you can say bowel movement.
I guess the OP buys individual strings rather than sets? Is that cheaper than buying sets?
Imagine that, put a valid idea out there for people who MIGHT want to try it and guys with nothing better to do shoot it down. My post was carefully qualified for people who dont usee the B that much. My B string on my main bass is now on its 3rd life.... just out of habit, I always changed all 5 but buying a 4 pack worked and then worked again. Thought I'd share that.
Yeah, by my logic you could skip changing your G string if you play it that little (I won't judge you for being that lame)....if they sold packs without G strings, rather than having to buy 3 singles, it would make $$ sense like buying a pack of EADG when a B is still fresh. Unwatched now, trolls.
When one string breaks, I change the whole set. I live on the B string.
"Yeah, by my logic you could skip changing your G string if you play it that little (I won't judge you for being that lame)"
Who is really the troll here??
It still oxidizes. How often would you change it compared to the others?
I've recently come to the same conclusion. I think I can get by replacing the B string every second or third time I change the others.
If you remember.
Whooo!! Someone is butthurt! I've never seen anything like that. Lol I changed all five strings when they were ready to be changed, never foregoing the B. I changed all of them because I used all of them. The cost of five string sets is one of the things I looked into before buying a five string bass. Everyone is different though, there's a multitude of bass players here with an infinite amount of personal opinions on every aspect of basses, amps, pedals, upright basses, players, and yes even strings. So for the OP getting the reaction he received here and getting all jazzy like he did, kind of makes me wonder who the troll really is. :/ JMO
Save money, never change the strings on your five string
I've been blessed with not terribly corrosive hands! Also I love the sound of some dead dead strings, especially Ernie balls.
Economically if you bought a four string set and a single B string I think depending on the brand you save like 5 bucks over a whole pack, that might be a better option.