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Posted by SPurious on September 16, 2001 at 23:00:28:
In Reply to: Re: boiling strings posted by bb on September 06, 2001 at 00:22:19:
Don't flame me guys but I really don't think boiling does a whole lot.
look at James Jamerson, never boiled, never changed, never cleaned and had a better sound then most of us'll ever have.
jaco used to eat chicken to grease his fingers before playing in concert and I strongly doubt he ever cleaned, boiled, or replaced strings unless they broke. Then a new set and off we go.
besides, something I learned when working for a knife store: reheating metal and cooling and reheating changes the tensile strangth of metal and will probably shorten their lifespan.
If your bridge is snapping your strings aftera couple of months, you may wanna look at having it readjusted: I've been playing with the same flatwounds for about a year now (first pair and I love the sound) and they still sound like new. Just the occasional GHS fast fret and they're fine.
But, that's just IMHO
boil 'em, bake 'em, grease 'em with KFC, as long as it's low and rockin', does it really matter?
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