Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on December 23, 2000 at 08:50:56:
In Reply to: bass guitar strings posted by scott on December 22, 2000 at 16:03:59:
: i am a bigging bassist and i was wondering if someone could answer a few of my queries, first off all one of my strings is broken and i wanted to know exactly how to change it, the other was how do i know what strings to buy? my bass is an Ibanez gsr 200 and i want to know what the difference in strings are, please email me if u know the answer to my questions as i am really struggling.
: thank you scott
To change a bass string, first you take the old one off (obviously, heh-heh).
To put the new one on, you thread the string through the bridge, then pull it up to the neck, where you insert it into the slot on your tuning key. You want to leave at least one turn's worth of slack before you start to tighten the string; somewhere between 1.5 and 2 inches should work. After that, all you have to do is tighten the string to pitch.
It takes a time or two to get the hang of it, but it's not really difficult.
As far as different strings go, there's hundreds of choices out there; it can get confusing...
For the moment, you'll probably just want to get a single string, unless the entire set is old. If you can get the same kind as your Ibanez already has, that would probably be the best, but you might have to settle for something like an Ernie Ball single.
For a new set, that's kinda hard to say; for the moment, I'd say you could get by with a decent inexpensive set (relatively; bass strings are kinda spendy). If you can't find a cheap set in your town, places like www.musiciansfriend.com have stuff like Rogue strings for something like $6.00 a set; not great, but cheap.
Hope that helps!
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