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Re: My first set of gut strings-help !

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Posted by Howard Linscott on February 15, 2001 at 16:08:40:

In Reply to: Re: My first set of gut strings-help ! posted by cb on February 02, 2001 at 09:56:09:

If one string isn't speaking it is likely a problem of set-up, not the string itself. Have the soundpost adjusted. Even the distance of the tailpiece from the bridge will make a difference.

I put almond oil on my strings every time I use the bass. Beware of high humidity. I lost a G string or two that way one summer long ago. Strings can fray even if they don't snap in high humidity. The solution was to slacken them off slightly and bag the bass when not in use. (Or use a dehumidifier)
Eudoxa makes a set of gut strings wrapped in chrome. They are the best of both worlds, but very VERY expensive, which probably explains why only a couple of us, even in a big bass town like Toronto, use them. They are more durable but require the almond oil treatment too.

: : What is the proper care and maintenance of gut strings ? Also,the D string isnt as focused as the G or A. Any hints ?

: I recently put a set on my Kay. I raised the bridge up to provide more tension and more space for the string to swing around. I didn't like them at first but I got used to the subtleties and the difference in decay. Plus they are great for slapping! Get some all natural Almond oil or something similar from a co-op or natural foods market and put in on the strings once a week or so. Keeps them from drying out.

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