Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on October 29, 2000 at 08:39:41:
In Reply to: when should i replace my bass strings posted by josh on October 29, 2000 at 00:31:31:
: i just was wondering when it is time to replace my strings,
: i mean by just looking at them. i have had my bass for a while now
: and i have never replace the strings, i play about every day and, play pretty
: hard. should i look for dents or what?
: and what type of strings should i buy?
Most guitarists will change strings at the drop of a hat, but then again, guitar strings are cheap compared to bass strings... :-)
For a bass, it's not quite as necessary to change strings often, which is due in large part to the cost of bass strings. What I've found useful is to take the strings off and boil them for about half an hour.
Boiling strings removes most of the grime, finger oils, etc., that accumulate on the strings, and the difference can be *amazing*! It's probably the best - and cheapest - way to prolong the life of your strings.
I'd say the time when you'd want to change your strings would be when you break a string, or if you can see a *lot* of nicks and dents when you look at them.
As far as which strings to buy, that's pretty much up to you. I'd wait for a few more opinions about string brands; everyone on here is going to have a favorite.
Hope that helps!
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