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Smelly Strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by DirkLanceFan, Jun 15, 2004.

  1. DirkLanceFan

    DirkLanceFan Guest

    May 8, 2003
    Dallas, Tx, USA
    Are strings supposed to smell? Mine do! :bassist:
  2. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Like what? An aluminum or steely smell is normal with new strings. They'll smell like blood only if you're crazy. Beer if you play in bars. You if you rub them...

    I'll stop there ;)
  3. DirkLanceFan

    DirkLanceFan Guest

    May 8, 2003
    Dallas, Tx, USA
    I cant explain what they smell like, but its a wierd smell. I've had these strings for about 5 or 6 months and they smell like the strings that I had for about a year on my old bass. :bassist:
  4. lyle

    lyle Guest

    Jan 10, 2004
    Vernon, B.C. Canada
    i wash my hands before i play and whip my bass down with a shammy after i play it, its kind of a ritual now. if you do niether thats the reason for your stench.
  5. LarryO


    Apr 4, 2004
    If your nose is that close to the strings you might want to lower your strap a bit buddy
  6. Funky Doctor

    Funky Doctor

    Aug 28, 2003
    After a week or 2 of gigs new strings on my bass smell like sweat, beer, and above all else, ciggarette smoke. It's disgusting. But I live with it. A change of strings might help also...
  7. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
  8. quallabone


    Aug 2, 2003
    They should smell like metal and nothing else. CHANGE YOUR STRINGS
  9. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I think that's a giveaway that you need to change them!! ;)
  10. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md

    Remember, kids... shammy whipping should only be done under adult supervision.