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Time to change strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by MycooLeeyun, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. MycooLeeyun

    MycooLeeyun Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    How does one know when a set of strings has seen it's day and needs to be replaced?
  2. LaklandBass


    Jan 26, 2005
    When you pick up the bass, play some notes and think to yourself "i wonder if I should get new strings"

    Seriously... thats when.
  3. puddin tame

    puddin tame

    Aug 14, 2010
    when you are no longer satisfied with the sound output of your current strings
  4. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    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.
  5. dhomer

    dhomer Commercial User

    Apr 9, 2009
    Hickory Corners, MI
    Owner, Gigmaster Soundworks, Auth. greenboy designs builder, MI
    For me, it's when I have to start cranking in some highs on the amp...
  6. jbalou02


    Mar 8, 2010
    Just happened tonight. Lost the new string "bite". Time for a fresh set.
  7. funkinbottom

    funkinbottom Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Northern CA.
    I use flats, so only if I break a string
  8. 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.
  9. jlt5x

    jlt5x Supporting Member

    May 8, 2007
    I also will notice they don't stay in tune quite as much.
  10. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    Are you going for the Joe Osborne trophy?;)
  11. 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.
  12. MycooLeeyun

    MycooLeeyun Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    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.
  13. They should last forever

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