How often do you change bass strings?

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  1. Old Cane

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    When I did it for a living I could get a week out of them. Now, playing maybe 3 nights a month I change every 2 or 3 months. Now that we have an endorsement it'll be much more often.
     
  2. Tim Armstrong

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    I use GHS Precision Flatwounds, and until this year was playing 89-100 gigs a year, mostly from May - September. Lots of outdoor beach gigs, lots of sweat. I generally got about two years out of a set under those conditions.

    Generally, my recommendation is to change them when one or more start to go dead and won't sustain. You REALLY need to change them when they get to the point where you can't get them to intonate properly.
     
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    Ooops :lol:
     
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    They have been on my bass for seven years. It has been my primary instrument for the last three years playing about an hour a day. I haven't noticed an intonation problem
     
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    I change strings on my 1996 Jazz Relic about every 4-6 months. When I was playing several gigs a week I changed once a month. Now I only gig 1-2 a month. Not as active as I was when I was younger.
     
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    Only when they start to be hard to tune up, otherwise, what's the point?

    I do, however, love the sound of new roundwounds. I change strings on one of my basses as a gift to myself every few years.

    I usually find most engineers tune the top end out when strings are new and boost it when they're dull.
    I prefer the sound of heightened dull strings that muted toppy one.
    Because boosting tops adds harmonics and air, whereas Low Pass filtering or taming the highs reduces the harmonic content and chokes down the overall sound.
    I like when engineers remind me of my role as a bottom of the chord instrument. The end result is the band sounds better.
     
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    This. When one breaks I get 6 shiny new ones.
    Edit: or if I'm doing something crazy like a full rebuild and paint job, which happens every couple years or so.
     
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    I have the same strings that came with my new in 1998 Dano Longhorn bass. Almost 15 years, same set of round wounds. But I only play it for recording. I'm a guitar player, mostly.
     
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    A friend of mine now has 19 years for his d'Addario Half-Rounds on a 1974 Precision ...
     
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    Every 2 to 3 weeks or so. Some guys I know only change as they break one, I couldn't do that. Always heard that's how EVH did it. Course with all of that gain new strings aren't an issue.
     
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    You're supposed to change them?

    Even after a refinish and refret... just reuse the same strings.
     
  12. Tim Armstrong

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    I changed the name of this thread to "How often do you change bass strings?" since that was what the OP was wondering. As already mentioned, this is the bass forum!
     
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    I don't think I have ever owned a bass long enough to have to change a set of strings! I like to horse trade basses a lot and strings are always switched to either half rounds or flats during the first week of purchase and stay on the bass for a year or so until the bass is traded or sold off.
     
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    Never change bass strings.
    If you have good strings take them off and boil them every 5 years.

    Pt
     
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    The great James Jamerson refused to ever change the strings on his Fender bass, and after about 15 or so years they started to get impossible to intonate, costing Jamerson work.

    Strings are metal, and they are subject to both corrosion and metal fatigue. Flats will last a long time, but not forever.
     
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    Ever feel like yer peeing on a forest fire?
     
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    I put a set of DR ground-wound strings on my Peavey Foundation fretless about 13 years ago. Still sounds great.
     
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    You can change bass strings? :eek:
     
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    Duck Dunn once changed a string on his '57 P-bass, broke one. He used flats.
     
  20. Old Cane

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    Yeah, if you use flats I don't see that you'd ever need to change them. I mean, they just go thud when they're new.
     
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