Changing Strings

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Changing Strings

Post by foal30 » Wed May 09, 2007 9:20 am

not all of us are cool enough to own Steinbergers, so for those with Headed Bass Guitars I would like to hear about how you change strings.

This comes about from having the misfortune to watch another Bassist change one broken string the other day.
I thought "that's all wrong" but on reflection I actually have no idea quite why it is I think "my way" is "right".

Anyone got a winning scheme they care to share?

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Post by Jazzbass » Wed May 09, 2007 10:50 am

I'm not sure what you want, mate but I change strings one at a time and bring each up to relative pitch. I just thread the string through the bridge, pull it to the machine head cut the excess off and tuck the end into the hole and leave enough slack so I can get 2-3 turns (no more) around the peg, ensuring that each turn goes 'below' the one before - essentially pushing the string towards the woodwork (thus pulling down harder at the nut).

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Post by timi » Wed May 09, 2007 12:26 pm

I'm the same as Jazzbass, except once I bring the string up to pitch I stretch it a few times.

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Post by Jazzbass » Wed May 09, 2007 1:41 pm

Yes, I used to do that too and often leave it up a semi overnight.

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Post by Dan » Wed May 09, 2007 1:41 pm

Again, same as Jazzbass.

With the stretching, I grab a string at about the pickups and give it a good old yank (mm kinky eh :wink: ) for a bit, then grab the string up about 4th fret and stretch it out there too.

I honestly don't think there are too many different ways to string a bass??

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Post by foal30 » Wed May 09, 2007 10:51 pm

ta.

always wind downward. Snip excess after bend.
less than 3 winds.

take all strings off at once? I always do this, I hate having one string out of order or freshness.Neck tension? good or bad to have 3 in tune and one missing?different on gig yes.

I don't stretch them, but I always tune from below, never above.
another Bass Myth or is there a reason I do this.

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Post by timi » Wed May 09, 2007 11:04 pm

By "not taking them all off at once" we mean changing the whole set but doing the strings one by one so theres still 3 strings* on the bass at all times.

* 4 or 5 if you wear slacks.

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Post by Dan » Wed May 09, 2007 11:06 pm

timi wrote:
* 4 or 5 if you wear slacks.
Pffft slacks. I prefer my thermal longjohns 8)

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Post by Jazzbass » Thu May 10, 2007 7:43 am

And finally - change them when YOU think its the right time, not just because someone told you the change interval.

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Post by foal30 » Thu May 10, 2007 2:29 pm

good.

I always take all strings off then gradual approach to re-tension neck.
It's a pain in the ass changing strings.
I remember when I thought it was great.
foolish boy

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