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Posted by cb on December 18, 2002 at 10:57:11:
In Reply to: Sound Problem posted by Paul on December 17, 2002 at 23:06:24:
: I bought a Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V about 2 years ago... I got it for $600 used from a buddy rodgers. Its the '99 version and i thought it would be the best guitar i'd ever played on. Truth is i dont think it really sounds that great. Sure right when i get new strings it sounds great and twangy just how i like it, but after about 2 weeks the sound just dies. It sounds like the strings are very dead. Does anybody know what the problem is? I think it might be my strings, but i dont think they should die that quickly, and at 30 bucks a pop, buying strings every 2 weeks is a little expensive for my tastes. It seems to me that it might be the bass that makes the strings die so quickly, because i have a friend who has a warwick bass that cost him 500 new, and his strings stay alive for at least 3 months. Somebody please help!!!
There are some things that i have noticed over the years:
if you play your bass with dirty hands the strings die quickly.
if your hands sweat the strings die quickly.
or both... and they die even quicker.
everyone's hands are different. i had a friend that played my bass for 5 minutes and the strings were dead-i had those strings for months before that! everyone's chemistry is different.
I wash my hands and wipe the strings off after playing (at least sometimes).
my strings last a long time-regardless of the instrument. my hands don't sweat and i am good about washing my hands before playing.
have you experimented with nickel VS steel strings? that might help.
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