#1
Hey all, I've got an issue somewhat.

I hate the sound of new strings. Suprising, I know, but I hate the tin-can sound that they give off. I've got a show coming up in a couple weeks and I just put on a brand new set of D'addario XL's.

How can I 'deaden' my strings to make them sound like they're not brand new. I've heard around that James Jameson never changed his strings. Don't ask me for a source, as I don't have one.

Thanks in advance.
#2
Buy duller roundwound strings or buy halfwound or flatwound strings next time.
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#3
Just play them
Alot
Two weeks is plenty
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#4
God, I'm with you there mate, I HATE the sound of new strings. Disgusting. Like nails down a chalkboard.

I'd suggest just pounding the $hit out of them over the next 2 weeks in practice. Alternatively, you could do things that tend to kill strings, like playing with dirty/greasy hands.
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sweat and dirt mainly.

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#6
You could buy cheap ass strings or you could EQ your rig to get rid of the bright sound you hate so much. Take all your highs out that'll make your bass sound more like a pile of mud.
#7
Wow, strings aged two years. That's horrid. Strangely I either like brand new roundwounds or flatwounds. I hate the sound of dead rounwounds.

Anyway, I'm not sure what you're looking for here. Two weeks is more than enough time to wear in a pair of strings, even with only an average amount of regular playing. In my mind that's already 25-30% of the strings life gone.
#8
previous posts have it right: In my experience, you can get rid of the clangy sound by turning down the treble, and it should go away with about 2 weeks playing.
#9
ive heard something about smearing butter on them?? i would google it before you try it though
#10
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#11
Make new strings sound old fast?

You'd have to produce a chemical interaction in order to do this.
Find an old, funky sneaker.
Put the strings in the sneaker along with a rotten hard boiled egg. Burry the sneaker under a chicken coop for 7 to 10 days. The methane in the egg will interact with the nickel in the strings and expedite the aging process. Lighter gauge strings will require less time.
#12
iv had my strings for 4 years, my G string (no pun) is black now and A and D closely followed (started off silver) sound flat and thumpy. i tried the old boil them trick, which initially made them brighter now they sounded even more dead after about 3 days.
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Make new strings sound old fast?

You'd have to produce a chemical interaction in order to do this.
Find an old, funky sneaker.
Put the strings in the sneaker along with a rotten hard boiled egg. Burry the sneaker under a chicken coop for 7 to 10 days. The methane in the egg will interact with the nickel in the strings and expedite the aging process. Lighter gauge strings will require less time.




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#14
I actually did something that completley killed my strings, and I didn't mean to...

I learned that chapstick is not an acceptable substitute for Finger Ease. Rub some chapstick on your strings, and they'll be dead in a couple days.
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#16
I dislike the sound of new strings too, I like them a bit aged. I usually just play my bass and leave the case open in my room for a while, until they get all aged. I've found that SIT [Stay in Tune] Strings don't sound super bright when you put them on brand new. I'm switching from Ernie Balls to them for that exact reason. That and they are really nice strings.
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#17
a wiping of vegetable oil?

I never said it was a good idea.

Carvin will sell you some flatwounds, cheap, now that's a good idea.
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#18
I usually just turn the tone knob down.
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#19
Buying d'addarios was the right choice, I notice they don stay lively for very long.
#21
from my understanding, strings deaden from the oils on your hands/fingers...so just while watching tv or something, just rub your hands and fingers all along the strings. might work, who knows?
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#22
You guys keep your strings on a long time. I get new ones about every 2 months or so
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I'd try it.