uses for old bass strings

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by waflman, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. waflman


    Nov 24, 2012
    When you change to a new set of strings, you may not have to throw the old ones away. Here's some uses I've found for old bass/guitar strings:

    -Jewelry, i have a necklace with bass string segments and beads wrapped around it, the main wire is the core of a string. The artist also makes bracelets and ear rings, typically using guitar strings.
    -I made an awesome cat toy by wrapping a small segment of pipe cleaner through the ring at the end. Also works fine on it's own as would any other string, but be sure to hold it by the string end and use the end with the ring outward because the string end can be pointy...
    -Picture frame wire. I have a picture hanging on my wall, i used a bass string instead of hanger wire on the back of the frame. Works great.

    Have any of yall found other interesting uses for old strings?
  2. Pipe cleaner? :p
  3. spaz21387


    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    my band mate always asks for the cuttings off new bass strings to clean his pipes when they get clogged up.
  4. Nagrom


    Mar 21, 2004
    Western Canada
    I gig with mine
  5. PipeRain

    PipeRain Operator Of Pointy Basses

    Dec 4, 2012
    My fiance uses them to make hanging baskets for her Dracula centrinis, D. ineaqualis and D. vampira.
  6. I use the excess end wire of new strings as uh...pipe cleaner. Low E works very well, and there's usually enough to curl into a finger loop, like the cleaners sold in smoke shops.
  7. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Hanging my neighbors cat?
  8. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    I play them until they break or I can afford new ones. In the case that I have extra non-broken strings, I clean and store them for when I need one.
  9. I use my old bass strings to make a garrote. Then I hide in the park and catch unsuspecting women and their small dogs that aren't paying attention. E or B string between two 6" pieces of thick rubber hose work the best. I also like to ziptie a bunch of short pieces together and make a brush to clean pots, pans, and the BBQ grill in the park after I get done using the garrote.
  10. Petethebassman


    Mar 7, 2008
    I have once opened a clogged bathroom drain with a E string, I think it was Rotosound Swing Bass :bassist:
  11. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    If you know any wise guys ? :)
  12. BryanM


    Dec 15, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    You can change bass strings?
  13. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    Balls of yarn for ceramic cat sculptures?
  14. Mr L

    Mr L

    Jul 22, 2012
    Vancouver BC
    I keep one by my bed to use as a whip in case of emergency.
  15. Yes. I cut off the little round "donuts" (the part that wedges into the bridge) from the end of the bass strings and line them up on a wire. Eventually I will collect enough to make a bracelet of little metal bass donuts (I'm sure there's a technical term for them). I've been working on one bracelet for about two years. I change strings every 3-4 months. I figure it will be complete in another year or so.
  16. ...and yes, they are wonderful for cleaning pipes. The round wound strings, anyways.
  17. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    My friend, it seems as though you have seen way too many episodes of "Criminal Minds"!

    Very funny comment. I really did lol..
  18. My Dad connected fishing swivel clips not sure what it's called to the neck ends & they would clip together onto the ball ends. He used them for central vacuum parts, elbows, nipples etc. I still have them for the occasional central vacuum install.
  19. P Town

    P Town

    Dec 7, 2011
    I'm savin' mine up until I get enough to knit a 1967 Volkswagen out of them.