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Why are DB strings so expensive?

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by Benjamin Strange, Apr 23, 2004.


  1. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Please forgive my ignorance, I'm from the "other side". I've got a morbid curiosity about the dog house, and I'm wondering why DB strings are so expensive. It seems inconceivable to me that four strings can cost $200 and more. Is it economy of scale? Is it a labor intesive process? Can they only be made from unicorn mane? What gives?

    I did a search, and came up with nothing. Help me out.
     
  2. Johnny L

    Johnny L

    Feb 14, 2002
    Victoria, TX
    Partly because your favorite double bassist will brag that he goes on 7 year stretches before string changes while your favorite guitarist will brag that he changes his strings daily to maintain the sheen in his tone.

    Of course, other forces are at play...maybe some we don't really want to know about.
     
  3. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Mine are made of wound human intestines, then coated with a nickel wrap to help minimize the smell. I think they're so expensive because you have to buy the intestines on the black market, and those guys really gouge on the prices.
     
  4. And Chris buys the cheap version. I sprung for the vegetarian human-gut strings wound in 24-karat gold. Pricey, but its the sound I hear in my head.
     
  5. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA

    Finally . . . A good use for vegetarians!!!!
     
  6. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    I'm not a vegetarian because I love animals. It's because I hate plants.
     
  7. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY

    Tree Hugger. :spit:
     
  8. tsolo

    tsolo

    Aug 24, 2002
    Ft. Worth
    Some players on rockabillybass.com use weed eater cord. Hell, for $30 you can buy 4 different gauges and have strings for the rest of your life - even for me that a good 30 or 40 years.
     
  9. dvmweb

    dvmweb

    Apr 20, 2002
    Atlanta MI 49709
    Should be on Jokes:

    Where I come from the definition of a vegetarian is someone with poor aim.

    Walt MI/US :hyper:
     
  10. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002

    I was gouged the other day and then some of my intestine was removed. i woke up in a bathtub of ice with a note pinned to my shirt detailing what had happened to me. Thank God they didn't take a kidney.

    HOMEONTHERANGE -can you handle the truth ?
     
  11. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    NYC
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
     
  12. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002
    Oh, the Humanity ! Shouldn't we consider the "silent scream of the vegetable ?"

    I think I'll start farming caterpillars and instead of letting them build a cacoon from silk I will train them to make strings. "No caterpillars were harmed in the production of these strings ."
     
  13. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Maui
    And if vegetable oil comes from vegetables, where does baby oil come from?
     
  14. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    See, that's why I never use the stuff - It's the wondering and not knowing...
     
  15. dvmweb

    dvmweb

    Apr 20, 2002
    Atlanta MI 49709
    Where I come from a vegetarian is just a poor shot.
     
  16. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Run out of jokes already?



    :D