How often do u changed ur bass guitar strings?


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The1bassist06
12-08-2006, 07:25 PM
I was wondering how often most people change there strings?











My Gear:
Warwick Infinity LTD 2000 4 String Bass Guitar
Warwick RockBass Corvette Basic 5 Fretless Bass Guitar
Fender AM DLX Precision Bass Guitar
Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass Guitar Black
Gibson Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar
Marshall 50 Watt
Pevey 70 Watt
Fender Full stack

anarkee
12-08-2006, 07:31 PM
When they sound dead or break. As far as frequency, it depends on what I've been playing and how often.

Kartman
12-08-2006, 07:35 PM
According to my bassist, about eight or nine monthes depending on the amount of slap abuse they suffer and brand.

LostMerrick
12-08-2006, 10:33 PM
the DR High Beams lasted me for 10 months it really depends what string. brand etc

talentsix
12-08-2006, 10:35 PM
I like to change my bass strings around every three months. I like the nice new sound to the strings.

jaco de lucia
12-09-2006, 05:18 AM
I play fretless basses--I have had the same strings on there for about 2 years! No sign of wear or dulling--I use the nylon tape wound La Bella strings.

The fretted basses I own, I used to have to replace strings every few months--back when I played them daily. I don't slap, so they seem to last longer. I also used the "cryogenically activated" Dean Markley strings, which sounded super bright initially and mellowed out to a nice tone in a matter of weeks (or days, if I ate at KFC and played the bass without washing my hands--Jaco Pastorius' gimmick).

Applehead
12-09-2006, 08:17 AM
Well as Anarkee said when they sound dead to me, or at least dull. As i play a lot, it tends to be about every six to eight weeks. But i clean my strings after i've played and i always wash my hands before i play so they last a bit longer that way..

Everyone should be washing their hands properly before they touch their bass.

UndeadPaperclip
12-09-2006, 10:49 AM
Whenever they break

Yes, I use the thick guage bass strings, and they break.

Drmckool
12-09-2006, 11:43 AM
i change them every 6-10 months (depends on when they die, i slap alot) or when one breaks. like yesterday my warwick's d string broke so thet'll be gettign some black labels put on it

MetallicaJI
12-09-2006, 03:16 PM
I wouldn't change them until I absolutaly had to or they break, because they are ****ing expensive

_nimrod_
12-09-2006, 03:18 PM
iv'e had my bass for about 8 months now, and i havent had to change the strings yet...

chocolateman900
12-09-2006, 05:53 PM
Only when they break, which is actually moderately often :sad:

I think i'm doing something wrong

kaine2010
12-09-2006, 07:26 PM
I've never had a string snap on me. Do the Jamerson thing: get some flatwounds and never EVER change them.

Also Jaco never used the chicken grease thing, thats just an urban myth.

bassmonkey16
12-09-2006, 09:00 PM
i change them every 6-10 months (depends on when they die, i slap alot) or when one breaks. like yesterday my warwick's d string broke so thet'll be gettign some black labels put on it

dude, my black label d broke yesterday too. wtf??

those black labels are awesome tho. i had my set on for two years before my d brokes yesterday. i was choked whn it happened tho, cuz im outta money(damn xmas shopping) and i dont have replacements! so im really bummed out about that. but those black labels are amazing. i slap and pop the hell outta my warwick, im suprised this set lasted so long! im definately puttin on new black labels once i can afford them.

Cliff Williams
12-09-2006, 10:07 PM
I change mine every 2 Months and i use Elixir Strings



My Gear:

Warwick Dolphin Pro I 4 String Bass Guitar
Warwick Thumb Bolt On 5 String Bass Guitar Natural
1963 Gibson Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar
1960 Fender Jazz Bass Guitar 3-Color Sunburst
1964 Fender Jazz Bass
1962 Fender P Bass Rose wood neck
1957 Fender P Bass MN Bass Guitar


Amps
5 Marshall full stacks
Ampeg SVT810E 800 Watt
Ampeg BA115HPT 220 Watt
Dean Markely K-20BX 40 Watt

GNR_Duff_rules
12-09-2006, 10:12 PM
I've used the same strings fror 2 years....... That sound alright tome.......

Heartika
12-09-2006, 10:16 PM
i try not to restring my bass unless it starts to mess with my pickups, its only happend a few times but it gets to the point where all i get is this really fuzzy sound.

Confused4930
12-09-2006, 10:32 PM
When they break or get ridiculously worn out.

SocKo?
12-09-2006, 11:41 PM
generally every 3 months, or before a show. i prefer a realy brought clicky tone and new strings is one of the important factors in it. but shite expensive, 120 bucks a year on strings =S

jazz_rock_feel
12-09-2006, 11:48 PM
If I had enough money I would change them every two or so months but I don't so it's been 4 months on the GHS ones which IMO died in the first 3-4 weeks.

Oh and to Cliff Williams and The1bassist06 it's way easier to have a gear list in your sig so you don't have to keep posting it. It's just always there just a tip.

logan90us
12-09-2006, 11:48 PM
Well most people change them when they break or sound like s**t. A friend of mine had the same strings for two years...they didn't even have a sound left. But according to Epiphone you're supposed to change them a/b every two months.

Greenday389
12-09-2006, 11:49 PM
I use nickel flatwounds so I wait until one breaks, then I get a new set.