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  • JB_From_Hell
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    Originally posted by Adieu View Post
    How the eff do you break a bass string???
    Bending the portion that’s wound around the tuner too many times taking it on and off can break the core.

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  • formula73
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    Originally posted by Demanic View Post
    Humans have no idea how much material they shed in any given moment.
    We’re pretty nasty lol

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  • Adieu
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    How the eff do you break a bass string???

    Also, you can solvent wash em to get them back to zingy.... WD40>Kerosene>90% Isopropyl iirc

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  • Demanic
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    Yeah, well...

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  • ICTGoober
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    Humans have no idea how much material they shed in any given moment.
    You got that right.

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  • Demanic
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    Humans have no idea how much material they shed in any given moment.

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  • formula73
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    Originally posted by Demanic View Post
    Different tastes.
    It is hard to restring them when the tuner ends get crimped. As long as you don't overwork them at the bend, they should be ok.
    Maybe soak them in alcohol to get rid string buildup.

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    I once coiled them up in a small jar and filled it with acetone. A couple hours later, ZINGY. I wouldn’t try it on coated strings, though.

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  • Demanic
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    Originally posted by formula73 View Post

    A lot of people do, myself included.
    Different tastes.
    It is hard to restring them when the tuner ends get crimped. As long as you don't overwork them at the bend, they should be ok.
    Maybe soak them in alcohol to get rid string buildup.

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  • JB_From_Hell
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    My two good basses have top loading bridges/tailpieces that don't require pulling the end of the string through a hole. It's a great feature on a bass, for exactly what you're describing. One of my guitars has a similar bridge, and it's a great feature on there, too.

    If you have a regular Fender style bridge, the only thing you can do is be really careful removing and reinstalling the string.

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  • ICTGoober
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    Wow. I'm so corrosive I age a set of strings in a day, just playing lol
    I have 2 clients like that. They both put extra plain strings through the tailpieces of their guitars and tape them to the top. Both guys can keep singing and restring their guitars without trouble. It's pretty fun to watch.

    They both replace their bridges every year or so because they just dissolve from the acid.

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  • formula73
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    Originally posted by ICTGoober View Post
    I like zing, which is why I hated those black ones wound with plastic tape. One of my clients prefers the feel of roundwounds, and has me "age" new strings for that genuine Jamerson tone. I rub them with hand lotion a couple times, and then heat them to about 100 degrees in the toaster oven so it will melt and sink in. Instant 60's tone!
    Wow. I’m so corrosive I age a set of strings in a day, just playing lol

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  • ICTGoober
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    I like zing, which is why I hated those black ones wound with plastic tape. One of my clients prefers the feel of roundwounds, and has me "age" new strings for that genuine Jamerson tone. I rub them with hand lotion a couple times, and then heat them to about 100 degrees in the toaster oven so it will melt and sink in. Instant 60's tone!

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  • formula73
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    Originally posted by Demanic View Post
    I don't like them once they lose the "zing".

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    A lot of people do, myself included.

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  • Demanic
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    Originally posted by formula73 View Post
    I’m with you, dude. I’m just super careful pulling them off.

    You guys must not understand how nice it is once they lose their zing and get that big, nice, James Jamerson fundamental going on.
    I don't like them once they lose the "zing".

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  • Mincer
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    I've heard that there are few brands of flats that have that sound right out of the package. It isn't a sound I personally would go for, but it is worth researching.

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