Do you prefer old or new strings?

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Do you prefer old or new strings?

Postby Mr. Mom » Sat Jun 19, 2010 7:32 am

I've found that bass players either like their strings old or new. No in-between.

Me, I like nickel rounds that are aged a good 3-6 months.

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Re: Do you prefer old or new strings?

Postby Paul DeLano » Sat Jun 19, 2010 7:44 am

Shiny new and sparkly for me!

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Re: Do you prefer old or new strings?

Postby ghiadub » Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:06 am

Old Flats never die, they just get better.

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Re: Do you prefer old or new strings?

Postby Freddels » Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:07 am

I guess it would be old for me as I once had a set of roundwound strings on a bass for about 10 yrs. [smilie=icon_biggrin.gif]
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Re: Do you prefer old or new strings?

Postby GonzoBass » Sat Jun 19, 2010 10:14 am

Depends on the gig
but I can always mute/roll off treble on new strings.
Hard to get dead ones to *zing* or *bark*.
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Re: Do you prefer old or new strings?

Postby pbassplayer » Sat Jun 19, 2010 12:11 pm

i have a flatwound set on my p/bass at least 15 years old...i bought a new set 2 yrs ago and they're sitting on the rack staring at me..
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Re: Do you prefer old or new strings?

Postby Jerry » Sat Jun 19, 2010 12:50 pm

I love new strings, especially the second gig with a new set.
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Re: Do you prefer old or new strings?

Postby randall » Sat Jun 19, 2010 4:35 pm

I can get 10 - 15 years out of a set of bass strings. But I wipe them down after I play. Guitar strings are another story entirely.
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Re: Do you prefer old or new strings?

Postby pbassplayer » Sun Jun 20, 2010 8:14 am

what do you mean "wipe them down" lol !!
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Re: Do you prefer old or new strings?

Postby MickeyOne » Sun Jun 20, 2010 7:35 pm

Old. Old strings, old wood, old skool. Am I getting old or what?
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Re: Do you prefer old or new strings?

Postby Rhian Batson » Sun Jun 20, 2010 8:06 pm

New.

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Re: Do you prefer old or new strings?

Postby Gil Escalera » Sun Jun 20, 2010 8:16 pm

FLATS ---> Old
ROUNDS ---> New


ghiadub wrote:Old Flats never die, they just get better.

I don't change flats as often as I do rounds and pretty much agree with Tim. [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif]

I had some TI Flats on a fretless J bass that seemed to get better with more play. I also had a set of flats that after years of play went totally dead!

Jerry wrote:I love new strings, especially the second gig with a new set.

As far as rounds go... I'm with Jerry. ;)

Like Gonzo said:
GonzoBass wrote:I can always mute/roll off treble on new strings. Hard to get dead ones to *zing* or *bark*.


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Re: Do you prefer old or new strings?

Postby hoytbasses » Mon Jun 21, 2010 4:31 am

I don't play flats, and I like old strings, until I put a new set of nickel wound DR's on... then I'm all about the new strings.

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Re: Do you prefer old or new strings?

Postby hmagman » Mon Jun 21, 2010 5:39 am

Older flats, new rounds... [smilie=music-smiley-005.gif]
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Re: Do you prefer old or new strings?

Postby pathdoc » Mon Jun 21, 2010 9:22 am

I"ve got flats on every bass right now and they are all relatively new. However, I like my flats broken in a bit so I'd have to say somewhere in between new and crusty old.
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