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why do strings have silk wrappings?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Lowner, Jan 5, 2006.

  1. Lowner


    May 14, 2005
    Over Here
    I have been experimenting with different brands of bass strings to find ones I like. But I have noticed that some brands have those silk wrappings on them and some dont. So what is the purpose of that silk wrapping? To me it does nt seem like it has any purpose if some manufactures put it on while others dont.
  2. Minger


    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Elixers have them for extended life, although some people say they sound dead to start with...

    I know the people who have like acid sweat use them because they'll last a few weeks longer than regular strings (which isn't too long for them in the first place)
  3. I think he means at the ends of the strings? The elixers have a coating on the entire string no?

    I've often wondered the same thing about the wrappings at the ends.
  4. bassbully43


    Jul 1, 2005
    To look pretty? I wondered this also.
  5. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    Jul 16, 2005
    Belfast, UK
    On most of the silkless strings, you may find that the winding of the string on the tuning gear end spaces out, even as far as feeling sharp. The silk is mostly to protect the metallic parts of your bass from lots of friction and grinding.