How often do u changed ur bass guitar strings?


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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

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.

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.

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

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).

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.

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

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

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

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

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...

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

I think i'm doing something wrong

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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