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Re: cleaning bass strings?

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Posted by Dave Wood on April 12, 2001 at 02:55:45:

In Reply to: cleaning bass strings? posted by Chris on April 11, 2001 at 21:54:10:

: hey bass fanatics over the world! my question pertains to the care of bass strings, i have the usual nickel roundwound strings (i beleive) on a great new bass... my old one was a real POS so i wasnt really into changing the strings much, and they got pretty worn out and dirty before finally breaking at a gig :( how can i prevent this and keep the strings clean? i heard a trick about boiling them in vinegar water, but not sure about that one.... anybody know ? also, how often should they be changed exactly? just something i never really thought about until getting a bass i actually care about... alright any help is appreciated, peace out , chris

Boiling them just in water makes them sound like new (you can forget the vinegar), but taking them off and putting them on again will make them weaker. Also burning your strings makes them fresher but the boiling works better and is easier. Some like to wipe their strings with a cloth everytime after playing.
Strings should be changed when ever you want a fresh set. I change them only after they break, if I want them fresh I just boil them again and again with the exception if a important gig is coming up I don't want to risk any string damage during a show.

Dave Wood

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