Thursday, 26 February 2009
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Hi, all. Busted my G last night. This is a bummer, 'cuz I just love the point of wear the strings were at after 14 months, and I'm headed into the studio on Tuesday. Don't want a mismatched set, so I put a new set on today. Now I'm wondering... aside from playing every waking hour from now until then (and I'm out of town for 48 of those hours), any tips on artificially aging strings quickly? I know this must sound like heresy to some...
12 years ago
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Eat some KFC and then play your bass for an hour before washing your hands? I actually just changed my strings and it sounds so nice and zingy!
12 years ago
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Borrow a set of "used but still got some love in 'em" strings from a friend?
12 years ago
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Hey Adam, I have some old but clean strings that might fill the bill. Let me know...I bet we can get them to you within the next few days.
12 years ago
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I've rarely, if ever broken strings on my Dingwall but I always save my old sets and keep em in the gig bag, one really dead set, a broken-in-but-still-bright set and a new set. I realize this doesn't help you too much now, sorry man. Most standard G strings should fit a Dingwall, so a used med-light/light round may feel o.k. to run with your old set? As far as aging goes, the combination of use and impurities(dead skin and general filth mixed with natural body oils)seems to be the key. I would play the strings hard many different times through the day, try rubbing some extra oils from your forehead and behind the ears while doing this. Sounds nasty(because it is!)but I could never bring myself to rubbing foodstuffs on any of my basses, although I'll admit that it's not any less disgusting.
12 years ago
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Send all your new strings to me. I'll kill them in one night, then send them right back. :P Mark
12 years ago
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Roll off a little more treble or use your BEQ.
12 years ago
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[quote="guitarded":27bmmpt0]Send all your new strings to me. I'll kill them in one night, then send them right back. :P Mark[/quote:27bmmpt0] Now that's a great service! I think it was XRob who said he could kill a set in a night, too. I used to do that way back when with Roto Sounds, but the DW/GHS strings seem to hold up pretty well for me. Getting a used sting from a fellow Dingwall brother sounds like the way to go if time allows, althought the KFC idea is the tastyest solution.
12 years ago
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Thanks, everybody. Burning Skies is gonna send me a broken-in G and I'm gonna try that. Hadn't thought of the KFC angle, but did think of pizza... so many oily foods from which to choose, so little time. I was a string junky when I was a child. At one point, I was going through about 6 sets a month. Just loved that zing... and I was slap-popping a whole lot. My taste has changed, I guess. Honestly, I think with technique and EQ, I could get a sound I like with the new set, but the feel is quite different, too... kind of rubbery (read: clean). It's freakin' me out. Mark, I think a lot of us, ahem, somewhat [i:2k2xdo04]mature[/i:2k2xdo04] bass players would pay for that one-night break-in service!
12 years ago
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You might try some aerosol Finger Ease, or rub-on Fret Fast to kill the strings. Both products are basically just oil. Not sure if they still make Fret Fast, though. Mark
12 years ago
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I have a friend who has very acidic sweat, so handing him a bass for 30min, gives the strings the workout they need. Let him play for two hours and strings are mute, like they've been played for 2 yrs. Moral of the story? he never gets to test my brand new stringed basses for more than 15min. Once the strings are over 2months, he can try them
12 years ago
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[quote="guitarded":uleldmcw]You might try some aerosol Finger Ease, or rub-on Fret Fast to kill the strings. Both products are basically just oil. Not sure if they still make Fret Fast, though. Mark[/quote:uleldmcw] [url=http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fingerease-Guitar-String-Lubricant?sku=420450:uleldmcw]Fingerease[/url:uleldmcw] [url=http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/GHS-FastFret-String-Cleaner?sku=420451:uleldmcw]Fast-Fret[/url:uleldmcw]
12 years ago
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I keep my old sets of strings for this kind of thing. I'm one who cleans in denatured alcohol every few months and rotate 2 sets per bass. Once I decide it's time for new strings, I keep the old ones cleaned and coiled just in case. In this "case" Adam's got a couple of G strings that should show up on his doorstep in the next day or two that are well broken in and should hopefully come close to fitting in with his current set. :) Heck, after all, I got him into this mess! :wink:
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