I've read that usually new bass strings don't need replacing for 3 months or so... at least 1 full month of frequent playing, anyway. However, I find that once I put a new set on my bass that "fresh" sound fades significantly after only a week. Like, we're talkin' "I think I'll need new strings soon" one week later. I don't think this is normal. I've used D'Addario and GHS strings, both medium guage. I've tried boiling my strings, I've tweaked the action and intonation and it's helped my left-hand tecnique, but not the life of my strings. I play an ESP LTD B-105. It's a five-string. I play finger-style and I'm in a speed metal band, so lots of stuff all over the neck. I've noticed recently that I tend to hit the strings quite hard, I think. I don't really have anything to compare myself to, so I'm not sure if my attack is to hard or not. If it is, I think I might have just worn the strings out quickly. So I honed my right-hand tecnique significantly, I have a softer touch now, will this solve my problem when I buy strings this week? Or will I be needing another set in 2 weeks? Any suggestions?