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What DOES Jason Newsted do with his old strings?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Jazzbassman23, Jul 30, 2000.

  1. Jazzbassman23


    Apr 20, 2000
    What do these guys that change their strings every day do with the ones they take off? I'm serious. Do they just throw them away? I'm fairly certain that after a good soaking in my secret solution, I'd be very happy with the sound I'd get from these deflowered strings. So, c'mon, Jason, give me your old strings. I promise, I'll use them.
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  2. Zodion


    Aug 9, 2014
    New York
    To me changing every day is a waste. I still get good tone even after they've been on for a while. My 4 string set had been on for a couple months so I finally changed them. Even then, you can just boil them. It really works. Way too much money after each gig. Plus, you can get coated strings if you want long lasting. Elixir stainless steel. Even without cleaning them and gigging regularly, a guy had them last 2 years. I use them too and support that.
  3. StereoPlayer


    Aug 29, 2010
    RotoSound gave strings to John Entwhistle for life. He changed them everyday.
  4. Zodion


    Aug 9, 2014
    New York
    Well in the case of endorsement, go right ahead lol. But I don't like wasting strings. Even if you string up your practice bass with the old ones or give them to other players.
  5. Marko 1

    Marko 1

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    I wouldn’t be surprised if the bass techs took them for themselves or for buddies.

    Or maybe sell them cheap, haha.
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  6. On tour, if you're gonna change, or have changed, a set of strings every show, saving the old ones is impractical. I would be very surprised if they go anywhere besides a trash can. As to Jason's strings in particular, I don't recall him ever saying how often he changes them. If a touring player is having strings changed every day, then he's sponsored and it isn't an out of pocket expense.
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  7. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Wow! almost a 15 year zombie thread bump!

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  8. matante


    Nov 3, 2003
    Los Angeles
    The reason to change strings before every gig is not to have the brightest tone, but to have a consistent tone. If you leave them on for months your tone will be different for each gig and you will have to constantly adjust EQ, volume, etc.

    Changing strings before each gig means you can use the same settings on your amp, effects, and mixing board to get "your" sound.
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  9. StereoPlayer


    Aug 29, 2010
    Huh...I never look at the thread post date!
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2015
  10. odin70


    Dec 26, 2007
    He he 15 years and he finally got some response.
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  11. Zodion


    Aug 9, 2014
    New York
    Wow I didn't even know. I just saw Newsted and responded. I wonder where the OP is
  12. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    Does he do meet and greets? I have one of his early Metallica basses and I want to get a pic with him and the letter he wrote about the bass. :)
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  13. Zodion


    Aug 9, 2014
    New York
    What does the letter say? And I bet he does. Last I heard he is playing shows with his band Newsted which is awesome. Check their tour dates cause he loves the fans
  14. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I believe this is one of the strangest talkbass threads I've ever seen.

    A jazz bass player wanting Jason Newsted's old strings so he can soak those "deflowered" strings in his secret solution and then use them. And he's serious. OK.
  15. RunBeerRun

    RunBeerRun Banned

    Mar 10, 2003
    I don't change them, ever.
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  16. Zodion


    Aug 9, 2014
    New York
    With flats you don't have to change them
  17. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    It just says "Here's a bass from my collection, I signed the headstock in Sharpie and you might want to put some lacquer on it so it doesn't rub off, Enjoy the bass ..." etc. Pretty cool.

    The bass is a 1983 Jazz and it sounds like crap. It hangs on my studio wall with the letter framed beside it. The letter is from 1995 and that is the year that my wife and I were married (and we are both Metallica fans).
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  18. Zodion


    Aug 9, 2014
    New York
    Man you've got it going on :bassist: and maybe sounds bad now but he probably kicked some serious ass with it. If I had a signed bass with a letter that'd be awesome ;)
  19. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
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  20. Eric66


    Sep 23, 2013
    The Netherlands
    Probably OP will return as Jazzbassman38

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