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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by MycooLeeyun, Oct 22, 2010.
How does one know when a set of strings has seen it's day and needs to be replaced?
When you pick up the bass, play some notes and think to yourself "i wonder if I should get new strings"
Seriously... thats when.
when you are no longer satisfied with the sound output of your current strings
That's a great answer...I would just change it to "sound characteristics" rather than "sound output". The output may never change with age.
I never change mine, but I play flats. One set is more than 30 years old and sounds fine.
For me, it's when I have to start cranking in some highs on the amp...
Just happened tonight. Lost the new string "bite". Time for a fresh set.
I use flats, so only if I break a string
For me it's about 6 months. About 6 months after I bought the bass (came with elixers), the g string snapped. About 6 months or so after I replaced those strings with some daddario prosteels, the strings went dead. Had my current set of strings for about 3 or 4 months, got the broken-in sound but still pretty bright because they're pro steels.
Will vary for everyone but for me, it's about 6 months per set.
I also will notice they don't stay in tune quite as much.
Are you going for the Joe Osborne trophy?
I have had the same set of flats on my fretless for about 3 years. I have another set that I think I should put on, but I am not sure about if I should because I always here that flats should not be replaced. And the fact that flats are expensive!
In case it matters, I have Rotos on now.
Thanks for all the input guys. I figured it's just personal preference. Probably play a couple more shows with these strings and then put on a fresh set.
They should last forever