Bass string information

Ive made quite a few pages on strings, but I still have some bits of string information to share that I can't justify building a full page around. Here are a few of the more important things to be aware of:


Due to the nature of both metal and salt water, bass strings tend to rust over a period of time. In order to extend their life, you may want to wipe down the strings after you play. This will remove grease, salt and water from the surface of the strings, effectively protecting them.


There are many different gauges of bass string available. Lighter gauge strings are generally better for slapping and tapping and anything where the strings are going to have to move quicker. However, you lose some of the heavy bottom end when you use lighter strings, so be aware of that.

I prefer lighter gauge strings due to the fact that I slap quite a bit and do some tapping, but if you use a pick a lot or just stick to fingerstyle, you might like heavier strings better.


Some people boil their strings in order to get more life out of them. If you are planning on continuing to use the same set for a long time, I would not suggest boiling them as it can cause the strings to go all funky and weird (and not in the cool P-Funk way). If your strings are dying, just bite the bullet and get another set. It'll be better in the long run.

Dying Brightness:

Over time, your strings are going to sound duller and duller. Its up to you as to at what point you change strings to get a crisper sound. This is something that happens to all basses and strings, so there is nothing wrong with your strings if they start to sound dull. I notice the biggest drop after about 2 and half weeks.

Greasy hands:

If you're really worried about the quality of your bass strings, try to keep your hands clean. Eating greasy foods and having sticky residue on your fingers from food can really kill your strings like nothing else.

Changing strings:

If you want to learn how to actually change your strings, you can read my page on Changing your Strings.

These are just a few bits of string information that I've collected over time. A lot of people have different ideas of the perfect strings or company or what have you, so keep your ears open for more information. You never know what you might hear.

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