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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Your Uncle Al, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. Your Uncle Al

    Your Uncle Al

    Jul 26, 2017
    here's one you guys aren't going to believe. I read an article on james jamerson ,my idol once in it he said his strings on his famous precision bass were 11 years old.i couldn't believe it.well this November my ghs flatwounds will be on my p-bass for TWENTY THREE YEARS. they still play in tune and intonate sound great like jamerson. no need for a mute or piece of foam by the bridge. time has served them well. I have no plans of replacing them. why mess up a good thing?
  2. hemmerlinj


    Sep 21, 2012
    Astoria, NY
    I think my Uncle went a good 10+ years of weekly gigging with the same flat wound set on his P-bass.
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  3. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    I went 20 years with a set of TI flats on my P Bass before they died.
  4. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Joe Osborn put Labella flats on his '59 Jazz around 1961, and kept them on well into the late '70s. Herbie Flowers put some Rotosound tapewound s on his Jazz in the early '69s, and they're still on there
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  5. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I believe you.
  6. This whole idea of some famous bassists playing with the same strings for years and years is nothing new.

    If someone were to tell me Jamerson changed strings for every recording session, THAT I won't believe! ;)
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  7. Your Uncle Al

    Your Uncle Al

    Jul 26, 2017
    I'm glad someone out there believes me. I just wish i had the same luck with my guitars (accoustic and electric)anybody out there have brands that keep that new ringing tone for what seems like forever? thanks
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  8. Inara

    Inara Fierce Fun Fretless Female Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2017
    Seattle, WA USA
    I went nearly 10 with mine. Every time someone complains to me about the ti cost, I think about this.
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  9. The OP's GHS P Flats are 23 yrs old. Now that's what I'd call VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY! Even better than TI's. ;)
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  10. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    I bought a 56 from a local guy in 2003. He bought it new in 1957. I asked him about the strings. He said “i cant ever remember changing them”. Crazy
  11. walking Bass

    walking Bass Supporting Member

    May 24, 2005
    Northern California
    My Gibson EB-2 has the same flats from 1964. Same as they ever were!
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  12. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    I paid $45 for the first set new in the box. Divided by 20 years that makes it $2.25 a year, and divide that by 365 and it's .006 cents a day.
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  13. staurosjohn

    staurosjohn Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2010
    Nottingham, MD
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  14. The flatwound strings on my '63 P-bass were installed in 1972. They don't have a lot of treble left, but they play very well and sound good.
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  15. I once went three years before I MADE the choice to just replace them just because.
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  16. zubrycky


    Aug 22, 2011
    I never change strings. Except if I break one, of course.
  17. vindibona1


    Apr 18, 2015
    I had a Teisco bass that I bought used in 1966. Strung it with flat wounds. Had the same strings on it when I gave it away in 2007. Don't bother to do the math. 41 years!
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  18. Inara

    Inara Fierce Fun Fretless Female Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2017
    Seattle, WA USA
    Of course. And the person I replied to had TI's that lasted 20 years. My point wasn't that TI's have the absolute most value for the money, but that the much-complained-about TI cost is a very infrequent expense, compared to players who put on new roundwounds every few weeks, or even every few months.
  19. juancaminos

    juancaminos Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    USA, Phoenix, AZ
    My first bass, 69/70 Telecaster, had the factory until one broke which was 9 or ten years. About that time I went to a hot Bill Lawrence pick up and big fat round wound Roto's.
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  20. Greg Waldon

    Greg Waldon

    Aug 22, 2017
    I had a set of GHS Bass Boomers on a Peavey Foundation for 16 years until my son decided to tune it for me (he was 3) and broke the E. They still stayed in tune extremely well. Tuned about once a month.
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