#1
I bought a 4 string pack of elxiers after i tried out a 5 string i really liked, the next day i went in the same store and bought the bass i tried out (SCHECTER STILETTO ELITE-5!!!) and i haven't changed the strings since i bought it. After months of having dead strings due to my messed up sweat (literally acid sweat, strings die out in a week of playing) i finally want to change my strings but the problem is i have a 4 string pack of a different brand of strings that are currently on the bass, meaning i can't change my B string. I barley use it due to me just starting to play a 5 string but will it really matter if 4 of the strings are of a different brand?
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#3
it wont matter if the strings are a different brand although it can be an annoyance if the two sets sound different and/or are different gauges.

If you keep your old B string and change the other four your Low B is gonna sound **** compared to the other strings.

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#4
changing some of the strings is better then not changing any
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#5
It should be alright, just make sure they are similar gauges...you wouldn't want a light gauge B and the rest Heavy. Having them different will be fine, though...I have a bass with a 4-string set of D'Addarrio half-rounds, and a steel roundwound B string. Evens out the tone, IMO...seems like a half-round B string would be a little dead sounding.
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#6
If you go into the same store you bought the 4 string pack, they probably sell individual strings. It will probably be a couple of dollars for the low B.

Or just take the strings you bought and ask to trade for a 5 string set, and you pay the difference. Even after a couple of months, I don't see why they wouldn't do it since the strings are unused, and since you are obviously a "profitable" customer they want to keep happy (you bought a NEW bass and strings from them recently).
#7
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I bought a 4 string pack of elxiers after i tried out a 5 string i really liked, the next day i went in the same store and bought the bass i tried out (SCHECTER STILETTO ELITE-5!!!) and i haven't changed the strings since i bought it. After months of having dead strings due to my messed up sweat (literally acid sweat, strings die out in a week of playing) i finally want to change my strings but the problem is i have a 4 string pack of a different brand of strings that are currently on the bass, meaning i can't change my B string. I barley use it due to me just starting to play a 5 string but will it really matter if 4 of the strings are of a different brand?
I always put an odd string when restringing my Basses as I prefer a 0.55 G string.
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#8
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will it really matter if 4 of the strings are of a different brand?


i play a 4 stringer, i broke the e string, and i bought a set of heavier gauge, and the e string now has a completely different tone, and plays differently, see if you can return them, or put'em on another bass
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#10
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you would be surprised how many players mix and match strings.


really?? i never knew that, i never would.
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#11
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you would be surprised how many players mix and match strings.


i do this quite alot. if i have the money you will usually find that my G string is a heavier guage elixer and the rest are roto 66
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#12
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i do this quite alot. if i have the money you will usually find that my G string is a heavier guage elixer and the rest are roto 66


why do you change guages, do you like the tone more?
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#13
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why do you change guages, do you like the tone more?

The usual guage of the G is 0.45 and rather weak whereas the 0.55 gives more punch.
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#14
I usually buy two packs of different gauges.
super light or whatever for my BEA and something heavier for my DG.
because I tune up to EADGC it makes my C less twangy.
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#15
it doesnt matter man, elixer sells their low b strings seperate
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