Should I change my strings?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by islandjimmy, Jun 10, 2020.

  1. islandjimmy


    Jun 1, 2020

    I purchased a new Fender Precision Bass in 1997 and I have never changed the strings. Am I missing out on potentially better tone by not changing the strings? Bass is not my primary instrument and I have never played another bass besides mine so I have nothing to compare it with. Are Fender factory strings as good as any others? Or are they more like a "starter" set? I like playing my bass unplugged when I'm sitting around or watching TV. Would a different brand or material of new strings sound louder when playing unplugged? Thanks for any tips.

  2. Vinny_G


    Dec 1, 2011
    Better is subjective. Worn strings lose volume and high frequencies. They become less punchy and less precise, but some people like it.

    In terms of quality, yes, but in terms of sound, it's completely subjective.

    Sometimes. It depends on several things, like the type and gauge of strings or your instrument.
  3. 80jazz


    Jun 28, 2008
    Possibly, but it depends on your tonal goals.

    I would probably change them just with them being that old, but if you still like them for what you use that bass for keep on rockin`.
  4. thewildest


    May 25, 2011
    Florida, USA
    A good thing to know is that you can always put the old strings back on if you don’t like the sound of the new ones.

    As strings are used, tiny chunks of your skin, sweat and saliva get caught and rot within the string’s winding, where colonies of bacteria live and sing along your tunes. Some folks get attached to that and prefer that singing to receiving likes in instagram.
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  5. gigetto


    Sep 25, 2019
    Playing two hours a day like me is an insane long lasting....
  6. Jeff Hughes

    Jeff Hughes

    May 3, 2020
    Geez. What do they smell like?
  7. Yes
  8. stuntbass77

    stuntbass77 Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2007
    If you like the tone don’t bother changing ! Yes, the tone will change will a string change but keep in mind the break in time with new strings if you choose to change. They will be very bright too your ears if they are rounds as it takes time to loose all that top end zing. I use to change them all the time now I only do if I have to. I like the sound of broke in rounds. Flats are now bright enough but worn rounds are perfect for me. Best of luck going forward.
  9. gigetto


    Sep 25, 2019
    For vintage tones someone prefers old round....
  10. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    Id say if they have trouble remaining in tune for less than an entire song, then it's definitely time to try something new on there (or even just a new set of the same brand and gauge strings you have.) The ability to stay in tune is kinda important!