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What a wonderfull feeling!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by J.Nuno, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. J.Nuno


    Aug 8, 2010
    When I tried my Squier VM 70's on the store, before buying it, it felt amazing. Nothing like the cheapo I had at home back then. While finalizing the purchase the fella that was helping me said "So, let's change the strings?" and being my first good bass I said "no, leave them, I want to try it like that for a while". Time passed and it was only after almost 1 year that I went back to change the strings.

    Listen, I know that after all this time the strings get old and would have never play the same way when I bought it, but the with the new strings...... Whoa!! it's like a new instrument! Seriously! I got "bright" D'addario roundwounds and it's amazing how the strings can change how the bass feels and sounds. Which leads me back to an old issue: brands should put good strings on their basses so that in the store the user can get the full experience from the bass. Can't wait to go home explore it a bit more!

    I guess experienced players don't get these feelings anymore, but I thought I'd share this moment with you guys :)
  2. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    100% agreement here. It's the least expensive way to get a 'new' bass. :cool:
  3. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

    After I started using Rotosound roundwounds, in the mid 70's I was on a search for the strings that were bright, clangy and long lasting. I was always impressed with the factory strings on the Yamahas our store carried, so I ordered a few sets from Yamaha. They were great sounding (but not long lasting). I have never seen them in stores.
  4. tabdog


    Feb 9, 2011
    I spent decades liking new bright
    strings. I used to change strings
    almost weekly.

    Over time, I have come to the
    realization that I like a well worn
    set of strings.

    I don't change strings until one

  5. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out....

    Feb 6, 2010
    C-ville, Col, Ohio

    I am the same way. I like it when my strings are about 6 months old. Then they stay on until they break as well. I get made fun of by all the guitarists I know who change strings after every song. I use Ernie Ball Super Slinky's. I also am lucky that my hands don't sweat at all. I have EB's on my Charvel that are about 5 years old, and still sound great
  6. J.Nuno


    Aug 8, 2010
    Oh, yes I don't sweat from my hand either, so maybe that's why they lasted so long.
  7. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Yeah, man! Strings sure do matter, as to tone and feel.

    And an alcohol soak works to prolong the usable life of strings. Since I started using that technique, I'll get three uses of a set before the wrap deforms too much from contact with the frets. (Dents in the wrap, IOW.)
  8. I like the sound of a worn in set of strings, but they don't feel right as they lose tension.
    I always have to get a heavier gauge and work them in to normal feel. -_-
  9. phillybass101

    phillybass101 Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Artist, Trickfish Amplification Bartolini Emerging Artist, MTD Kingston Emerging Artist. Artist, Tsunami Cables
    I used to live in Okinawa Japan, and a local mom and pop shop carried those Yamaha strings. You are 100% right. Brand new those strings sound awesome. I thought I had found my string. I have never seen them stateside. Now I use DR Highbeams.