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What is wrong with me??

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by wyrmspawn, Apr 4, 2020.

  1. The Corona lockdown in Germany brought me to experimenting with stings on my 4-string again. Decided to give exl160-bt from D'Addario a shot. Tension-wise excellent. Tone wise very balanced from string to string and across the frequency spectrum.
    Here comes the downside: The E-string (d-string ot be exact...) died on me within 3 hours playing time(sounds like my .105 Chromes). I pay attention to proper string installation (crimping; twisting etc),clean hands as well as cleaning the strings after playing...
    GHS Boomers also were very short-lived on the E-string on me (1 rehearsal)...
    The coated strings (Ibanez; DR Black B.) don't show this problem.
    Do I have a killer body chemistry?
  2. I could offer to kill flats or rounds for money
  3. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    I don't always hire a string assassin, but when I do, I make sure he has a thick German accent :thumbsup:

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  4. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

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  5. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    Is the E(D to be precise) string the string you play most?
    Has the intonation suffered?
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  6. No and no...
  7. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    So it could be you or a bad string or the exact combination of that very string and you.
    You could buy another three to ten sets of those strings and see whether you are able to reproduce the problem.
  8. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    do you thoroughly wash your hands before playing? i ask because i have a couple friends with string killer chemistry and thorough washing helped extend their sting life - maybe because of washing off skin acids?
  9. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    Ernie Ball Cobalt Flat .
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  10. Scientific approach. I stick with coated strings.
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  11. Dave the Bass

    Dave the Bass

    Sep 11, 2011
    I can play a set of D'Addario EXL's for almost a year before they die...I have a friend who can kill a set in less than an hour. I don't let him play my basses anymore.
  12. xbud

    xbud Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2012
    Southwestern, PA
    I have the same issue, I moved to coated strings a while back and the problem isn't necessarily an issue now. Not in love with the sound of coated strings but the tweaking the EQ as they lose their zing keeps me from replacing them every couple of months....
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  13. jamro217

    jamro217 Supporting Member

    "Gootbye, Meester Bawnd."
  14. 4001

    4001 Inactive Suspended

    Sep 29, 2004
    Lake County, IL
    I tried GHS Boomers twice, way back in the 1980's...... they went completely dead after half of a set.

    I also did some boomers back in the 1980's but that's another story....
  15. jamro217

    jamro217 Supporting Member

    There isn't enough information to provide you with meaningful insight. What model is the bass? What is the difference between old set versus new set of strings? Nut and bridge saddles okay? Did you stretch the strings out first? Would like to help, but too many variables.
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  16. Ibanez srx400.
    My problem was the definition of the e string and its attack (sorry for my english) stretched the strings well.
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  17. Claymore


    Nov 10, 2019
    Rhode Island
    Out of all the string sets I've ever tried, GHS Boomers seem to go dead the fastest for me but after 1 rehearsal seems a little usual. :cautious:
  18. CayGee


    Feb 21, 2018
    "What is wrong with me??"

    ...I ask myself the same question... Every day.
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  19. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    :woot: i don't relate to it, personally, but i know many do, so = it's a consideration.

    is it even possible that you're experiencing the string 'settle-in' after a few hours and that you're interpreting "dead" when it's just 'mellowed' or broken-in?
  20. eddododo

    eddododo Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2010
    Ok boomers
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