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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Droopy, Aug 28, 2013.
Anyone ever have the problem of new strings losing the snap and pop after one gig?
What type and brand of strings do you use?
Yep... Ernie Balls. Never bought them again!
This case they were Dean Markley Cobalt Blue. I can't remember the other what string I was using the other time.
Yeah, sometimes strings go dead pretty quickly. I've found the alcohol soak technique great for getting a couple passes out of one set.
There are some threads here about that trick.
I used to kill Smith strings shockingly fast, like two hours. Haven't used them in almost twenty years as a result.
every time I have an outdoor gig in the heat of a Florida summer I figure a new set of strings into the cost.
3 or 4 hours of playing in a hot humid environment where your hads get sweaty ... yep that can make a new set of strings lose their new tone.
That is why artists like Geddy Lee and Chris Squire and others get an endorsing contract from a string company and they have their bass tech put on a fresh set of strings for every gig.
When I was younger, I could kill a set of strings dead after one gig. Nowadays it takes about 4. Body chemistry. It reacts with different strings differently, and apparently it changes over time as well.
Strings dead too much sweat droopy
You should give coated strings a try.
I don't know about those specific strings, but I often use the Dean Markley Blue Steels and they are EXTREMELY bright out of the package, but break-in to a more mellow thumpy sound in a couple of hours that lasts for a long time. If you are a fan of the fresh-from-the-package sound you will be disappointed quickly... if you like their post-break-in sound you will be very happy with them.
Personally, I like the sound of slightly broken-in strings better than the overly bright brand-new strings sound. At least on my P/J.
You beat me to it.
It's possible that some strings will react different with your BC than you current strings.
Unfortunately bass strings are expensive.
If it makes you feel better I seem to recall bass strings being 20 bucks a set back in the mid 70s. So they are really a bargain today.
Just a suggestion but have you, the OP, tried flats?
GHS Bass Boomers do that every single time.
One man's dead = another's broken in.
I grew up in a town with a glorified piano/band store, and I remember paying $32 plus tax for regular Boomers/Roto 66's/XLs back in '89.
Once I got some wheels, I was able to get em in the bigger city cheaper.
But in essence, I'm paying the same price or less now for better strings than back when I was a teen. so I consider them very cheap.
Boomers don't last long at all.
Ernie Balls...they died before the gig was over.
Blue Steels...They seem to last the longest
SR 2000's..hit or miss with them.
Coated....Can't do it. When they die out, its the most horrid sound ever.
DR Hit or miss depending on if its nickle or steel. Steels seems to last just a tad longer.
You really want to test your strings do gigs out by oceans. Salt in the air plus your own sweat..
Just curious Mike, what guage do you use on your Wal basses?
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