#1
I have an Ibanez bass and bought half round strings maybe 15 years ago and never changed them. how often do you change strings?
#2
i'll change them pretty much every payday, but since switching to nickel strings i can sometimes push it to every other payday before i want the new string feel
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#3
Everyone couple of months, like my guitar. I'd change them less if I could settle on the perfect string tension profile, though.
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#4
I change them every month during gigging season and in the off season I like to change them once every three months.
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#5
Once every six months, but that's because I always use coated now, and I'm not that bothered about the new "bright" string sound.
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#6
Flats I change them when they get too dirty for playing--I have a set on my Accu-bass that have been on there for about 2 years.

I'm more picky about rounds--I change them about every 3 months, more if I'm gigging actively.

And the upright--when the bank account allows. I have 3 year old strings on it now that really need changing but will have to wait.
#7
I change my guitar stings on what gets used, about every two months or so. I was just wondering on the consensus for bass. I'm thinking percussively so changing strings would help achieve a brighter sound, if that's what you want. I guess it's all about the sound you are trying to achieve.
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#8
I change them every 2 months or so. If I had a steady income instead of being a student, I'd probably change them every month.
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#10
Flats I never change unless one manages to break.

Rounds never get changed because I can't afford new strings.
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#11
Depends upon the strings. Steels like Rotosounds need changing fairly quickly, every two months, nickels last longer I've found the Dean Markleys last pretty well for steels though, maybe 4x the Rotosounds.

Flats don't seem to go off, mine are 18 months old now and don't really change sound much at all.
#12
Had the same set on for nearly two and a half years. Sound fine to me - but maybe that's because I always play with overdrive. They might sound sh1t if I was to play something quiet / clean.
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#13
I really like bright strings. When they start just sounding dead it slows down my mojo and I can't have that happen.

4-6 weeks if I'm gigging a few times a month. If I am doing prolonged studio sessions, around 15-18 hrs is when I notice the change/reduction of mojo.

To get a second wind out of my strings I'll soak them in denatured alcohol for 4-6 hrs or overnight. Denatured alcohol is commonly used by jewelers to dissolve the skin gunk off of metal... that is basically what it does to your strings. When you are done with it, just pour it back into the container. I am pretty sure the $9 can of it that I got from Home Depot has saved me like $150 in strings in the past two yeras.

Don't try foolish techniques like boiling your strings or soaking them in some other hippy substance (vingar etc).
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#14
I used to never change them unless they broke, now I change them when we start recording an EP/Album, or when we have a higher profile gig than usual. Whenever I want a brighter sound I just drown my strings in methylated spirits (denatured alcohol) for as long as I can go without my bass (up to 48 hours if I do it sunday night)
#15
I change mine when they get so grimy, that my band mates won't get near them. I don't look, and, well, the grime does come from my fingers. I don't give a lot of thought to the tone from the strings. My tone is made purpously for used strings, which makes it much cheaper in the end..
#16
really depends on how often u play..... then it depends on type of strings... flatwounds tend to last forever, while a good touring schedule on roundwounds make require a change every 7-8 months or so.....
#18
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Stainless Steel Rounds: Every month.
Nickel Rounds: Every 3 months.
Coated rounds: Every year.
Flats: NEVER.

Invest in coated strings and flatwounds.


steel rounds every month? do u play 3 gigs a day, 7 days a week?
#19
Generally every 3 weeks if i can. D'addario nickel light gauge strings. If i have more then an average amount of gigs about every 3 gigs. I had 7 gigs over 3 days 2 weeks ago, lots of string changing then.
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#20
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Flats I change them when they get too dirty for playing--I have a set on my Accu-bass that have been on there for about 2 years.

I'm more picky about rounds--I change them about every 3 months, more if I'm gigging actively.

And the upright--when the bank account allows. I have 3 year old strings on it now that really need changing but will have to wait.



Haha the spiros on my bass were about 10 years old before i changed to belcanto's. Hopefully ill get a good few years out of them. Thinking of getting an evah Pirastro E though.
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#21
I've seen a recomendation for Thomastik Infeld Jazz Flats, but $72.99USD seems a little steep. I'm not really cheap but dang. Anyway recomend some strings, I just ordered a schecter damien elite 5 which will be here tomorrow! I'm into Tool,Pink Floyd and aic. Not too picky just some all purpouse suggestions would be cool. thx
#22
You know, whenever they don't feel/sound right anymore. In my experience there isn't too much of a "schedule" it just depends on how much you play.
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