#1
Hey,

I don't really know much about strings and I need some help. I recently bought some Ernie ball hybrid slinky strings for my mark Hoppus sig bass. I managed to put the strings in and it sounded great. As I expected, the sound detoriated. Recently, I’ve found whenever I wipe the strings with a wet cloth, they make the same sound as they did when I originally bought them. The sound then detoriates again in a few minutes.

I was just wondering why this was and also if there was anyway to keep them sounding that good for a longer amount of time.

Thanks.
Last edited by Danbo at Aug 13, 2007,
#2
I believe wiping your string with a wet cloth will cause it to rust at a faster rate....but as to why...i really dont know
#3
ok thankyou, i'll refrain from doing it again. It's just that the sound has become drab really fast and it's the only way I can seem to get a good sound.
#4
Boil them for 5 mins in water with vinegar.
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#6
Quote by Danbo
I recently bought some Ernie ball hybrid slinky strings


Ya I buy the super slinky strings. After a while, you do lose that crisp sound. Its just something you have to deal with. I would like to have new string every month, but for $45 dollars, its very expensive.

My only suggestion is to look forward for when you get new strings.

BTW, when did you put them on?
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Boil them for 5 mins in water with vinegar.


No, no, no! Water + metal = rust, vinegar = acidic, metal + boiling temperature = brittle metal. Check out www.tunemybass.com . He has a very good system for getting strings clean.
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#8
I put them on about a month ago. yeh they're just as expensive here in the UK.
Well I haven't boiled them yet so i'lll check out that website.
#9
I personally like the sound when they've been semi-worn out. It's a lot more organic...

Sure, it might sound cleaner or crisper with new strings, but if you play around with them when they're not clean/crisp, you might find that you like that sound better...
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#10
Yeh that is what I did do at first, but it just seems to have gone dead very quickly, espeically the E string. I'll just have to put up with I suppose.
thanks fo rthe help guys!
#11
Unless you downtune I think super slinkies would be better for you, but thats just me, as thefitz said, tunemybass is a good site.
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#12
thanks for that, next time I buy strings i'll get super slinkys, see if I prefer them!