Strings dead after one gig

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Droopy, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. Droopy


    Oct 18, 2009
    Anyone ever have the problem of new strings losing the snap and pop after one gig?
  2. BassHouston

    BassHouston Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2012
    Spring , TX
    Endorsing artist: Michael Tobias Design, Fodera Guitars
    What type and brand of strings do you use?
  3. Yep... Ernie Balls. Never bought them again!
  4. Droopy


    Oct 18, 2009
    This case they were Dean Markley Cobalt Blue. I can't remember the other what string I was using the other time.
  5. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    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.
  6. BassikLee

    BassikLee Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 13, 2004
    Deltona, FL
    Owner: Brevard Sound Systems
    I used to kill Smith strings shockingly fast, like two hours. Haven't used them in almost twenty years as a result.
  7. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    every time I have an outdoor gig in the heat of a Florida summer I figure a new set of strings into the cost.
  8. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    I disclose nothing
    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.
  9. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    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.
  10. chris merrill

    chris merrill Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2012
    Chicago, IL
    Endorsing Artist for: GHS Strings, Lakland Basses
    Strings dead too much sweat droopy
  11. PluckyThump

    PluckyThump Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2008
    The Hammer
    You should give coated strings a try.
  12. 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.
  13. Tampabass

    Tampabass Going Viral By 2080 Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2006
    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.
  14. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    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?
  15. 4001

    4001 Inactive

    Sep 29, 2004
    Lake County, IL
    GHS Bass Boomers do that every single time.
  16. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

    Dec 3, 2012
    Nope. Sorry.
  17. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    One man's dead = another's broken in.
  18. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    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. :rolleyes:
    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.
  19. chicago_mike


    Oct 9, 2007
    Chicago - LA - Rome - Dallas
    Endorsing Artist : Genz Benz
    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..
  20. 4001

    4001 Inactive

    Sep 29, 2004
    Lake County, IL
    Just curious Mike, what guage do you use on your Wal basses?
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