Apologies if this is the wrong forum for this particular post. It's partly a question of how common this experience is, and partly on what can be done to remedy it. Anyway: Have any of you owned a bass that just seemed to kill strings quicker than your other instruments? I have owned maybe seven different instruments during my time as a bassist, and of those, two of them consistently seem to lose their brightness and sheen much faster than the others. My main bass for a long time was a Lakland DJ5, and that bass never had this problem, the strings retained their brightness for quite a while and I didn't notice them going "bad" quickly. Same deal for the MIM Fender P I had, it stayed good for a long time. During the time I played these basses the most, I was doing a lot of gigging - like 20 gigs per month - so I kinda ruled out string durability as a problem here. The basses just seemed to not let the strings die so quickly, somehow. My Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV is where I began to really notice this problem, and since it has the Gibson three-point bridge, I assumed that maybe it was an issue with not getting enough bridge contact with the body. But I've played a few of them now, and the ones I didn't own seemed to not have this problem. And my current main bass, a 1982 Peavey t-40 is the same way. I'm getting like, 2-3 gigs or 1.5 weeks MAX from the strings before they sound and feel dull. And I didn't have this problem with a previous T-40 that I owned. Anyway, have you had this issue? And if so, is there anything obvious I should be troubleshooting or that I can do?