Tomorrow night our band is going to play its first gig together. We have been together for about 9 months. The band is beyond solid and ready to go. Its mainly originals and we are playing on a bill with 3 other bands at a local club. My dilemma is whether or not I should change the strings on my bass. The bass is a 4003 Ric that I bought new 6 weeks ago. The music is heavy rock. I play with a pick and play fairly hard. I figure I have about 24 hours of playing (rehearsals) on the factory strings. They still sound great but as this is our band 's debut I don't want to have to deal with a busted string. I am leaning to changing them as I don't like leaving things to chance but thought I would get some other TBers opinions first. Cheers!