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Posted by Jason (22.214.171.124) on August 31, 2003 at 12:59:01:
In Reply to: new strings posted by star on August 31, 2003 at 02:18:55:
I've been told it's good to replace your strings every 3-4 months. You don't have to, but they loose thier twang after awhile.
Important factors are Number of strings, Brand, and Gauge, in that order (i would say).
Strings are self explanitory. if you don't know this, give your bass away. ;^)
Brand depends on what music you play. Ernie Ball strings are common for most everybody. Easy to spot, too, bright neon package. the exceptions would be jazz, basically. there's a list of bands on the back of the package, if the list looks like your cd collection, you'll want those.
Gauge is the thickness of the string...they all play the right notes, but they have different tones, some lower, some higher. i picked up high gauge strings, playing lower notes. they sound GREAT. PLENTY of twang to em, too. I recomend em.
All this is what i've learned, and as allways, are rules that are meant to be broken. Do whatever works best.
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