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Funkodrom
09-11-2001, 11:46:13
I'm too lazy to put new strings on my guitar. :(

Resource Consumer
09-11-2001, 12:24:42
I never used to bother. I figured that as they got old they'd break anyway. It was nature's way of telling me to get new strings.

The only times I would do that was if we were going into the studio and I would restring about a week before.

Funkodrom
09-11-2001, 12:26:44
Yeah, I put thicker strings on to try and stop breaking them, which has worked, but now they are getting really manky. They sound really crap as well.

C.G.B. Spender
09-11-2001, 19:57:35
I change the strings when I feel like. Didn't do it for ages.

Resource Consumer
10-11-2001, 03:15:01
Originally posted by MikeH
Yeah, I put thicker strings on to try and stop breaking them, which has worked, but now they are getting really manky. They sound really crap as well.

The prob is the reset. I shofted fromthe role of main guitar player to strummer and made a quantum leap in dtring sixe (didn't nead the sustain). Fucks you if you are playing opens at the 7th I can tell you.:o

Funkodrom
10-11-2001, 07:57:11
Yeah, I'll probably put a bit thinner strings on again which means all that work lowering the action again. :(

PosterBoy
12-11-2001, 17:46:16
Don't!!

Higher action and thicker strings usually means nicer tone (look at SRV). Although with all the effects and fuzz you probably wouldn't be able to tell. :D

C.G.B. Spender
12-11-2001, 20:25:38
Fat strings are for MEN!

Resource Consumer
12-11-2001, 21:12:08
Back in the days when I was playing Cure sort of stuff with Breathing System, I took the idea of heavy strings to ridiculous lengths. The idea was that there would be a lot of open strings ringing through arpeggios and that combined with the SG1000's natural sustain should give a big round and sustained sound.

By the time I had fgiven up on this route, I was effectively playing a string and a bit heavier than anybosy else. So, my top E would have been something like 0.018 (or someone else's B) etc. I forget whoat ended up on the bass, but I rolled that back a bit so not to make the bottom end muddy. Could have been 0.068 or so.

This was almost unplayable for someone else - especially those with the ambition to want to bend strings. I think for Mike's style of music this would be a real no-no.

C.G.B. Spender
12-11-2001, 21:20:29
I got pretty heavy strings on my Tele, sound's far better than 0.00009 E

Funkodrom
13-11-2001, 10:07:19
I've got heavy bottoms light tops. .46 or something ridiculous going down to .10. At the moment it's a moot point as I have no strings to replace them with anyway. :(

Tizzy
13-11-2001, 13:30:42
Light strings! You need light strings to cut into your fingers when you play!


I've got loads of spare strings, but I'm not sure what sort of state they're in - they've been lying in a box for years!

Funkodrom
13-11-2001, 13:59:03
The fat strings cut my fingers more 'cause the action's higher, especially the B, that's a killer.

Resource Consumer
13-11-2001, 14:12:25
It all comes with practice. I think, though, that heavy strings which are then at a greater tension do a more of a cheesewire effect on your fingers.

After a while, though, your fingers get so calloused you don't notice.

I used to stick pins through the end of mine as a party trick (wouldn't like to try that now, though)

Funkodrom
13-11-2001, 14:24:43
They aren't too bad now. Actually the last injury I got was on the side of my right hand I totally ripped all the skin off experimenting with some muting for a new song.

Tizzy
13-11-2001, 14:53:03
Originally posted by Resource Consumer

I used to stick pins through the end of mine as a party trick (wouldn't like to try that now, though)


Ah, the good old days........I remember that too.

Funkodrom
13-11-2001, 14:53:58
I need to get back to that kind of toughness. I don't practice enough... must practice tonight.

Resource Consumer
13-11-2001, 15:37:35
I'll lend you the pins.

FunkyFingers
16-11-2001, 14:07:02
On my bass I've always used light guage strings, either a 30-90, or a 35-95. I always found when I played a bass with anything heavier they were literally almost impossible to play. Goodness knows how bass players manage with those heavy guage strings (the 45-110 jobbies), it's like trying to get notes out of rope.

I'm happy wiht 35s now as they've a bit more tone, but are still very quick to play and they slap nicely :smoke:

Funkodrom
16-11-2001, 14:09:25
Your bass is easier to play than a lot of guitars, it's got a very fast neck.

FunkyFingers
16-11-2001, 15:57:52
I love my bass :smoke:

Acually, jaydee has started up again, I'm considering a trip to Birmingham soon to pay homage...

Funkodrom
16-11-2001, 16:02:43
It is quality.

Noisy
16-11-2001, 16:44:31
It looked as if colin Peters (Aynsley Lister's bassist) was using wire cable last night, but he made it look effortless.

FunkyFingers
18-11-2001, 16:07:31
the difference in speed of play on different bass guitar necks is enormous. a lot of bass guitars frankly suck. try before you buy!

Funkodrom
18-11-2001, 19:18:07
Managed to break the A string this practice.

C.G.B. Spender
18-11-2001, 21:16:43
Originally posted by FunkyFingers
the difference in speed of play on different bass guitar necks is enormous. a lot of bass guitars frankly suck. try before you buy! It's the same with guitars. The Les Paul is a rocked, the Startocaster a brick.

C.G.B. Spender
18-11-2001, 21:17:21
Nice typo ...

Resource Consumer
19-11-2001, 00:09:37
A bad weekend for guitar strings.

*embarrassed*

I bust my G-string today.

I'll probably have to restring the lot as I don't have a micrometer here. I don't know exactly how it is trung and hate to mix strings too much.

PosterBoy
19-11-2001, 09:04:33
Originally posted by FunkyFingers
I love my bass :smoke:

Acually, jaydee has started up again, I'm considering a trip to Birmingham soon to pay homage...

The bass player in my old band had a jaydee that was built for Mark King. He also had a '70's Gibson Thunderbird, that was a very cool bass.

Funkodrom
19-11-2001, 09:40:56
Our bass player has a jaydee as well, seems everyone has one. :D

FunkyFingers
19-11-2001, 13:40:16
Mine is a JayDee Mark King, although it was built for me rather than for ol Mr Thumb himself - I'm actually going to see him in concert this Wednesday at the Jazz Cafe in Camden. Should be good.

JayDees are just awesome basses. When people get to try one, they invariably never want to play anything else. Seems there's some guys with real bass taste here!

My new Trace Elliot amp is absoloutely fantastic as well, really enjoying it. :cool:

Funkodrom
19-11-2001, 13:51:30
You can't get much better as a bass set up than that. Jay Dee and a Trace Elliott. :D

FunkyFingers
19-11-2001, 17:38:21
It's the best. And it's all MINE :smoke: :D

The Trace amp has this nice little glowing green backlit effect to the control panel. Makes it look radioactive. :gasmaske:

300 Watts of Bass Power. aah.

Resource Consumer
19-11-2001, 19:06:59
I'll have to check the old Bass Pod and see if it does a TE sounds.

In fairness, though, the bass pod is not quite as good as the guitar version (quality).

Funkodrom
19-11-2001, 22:13:39
The guitar version is great.

FunkyFingers
19-11-2001, 22:18:25
I've never used any bass effects, what are the ones that are actually worth using?

Actually, I remembered doing a gig at school once and playing a bass solo from a band called Mr Big - their bass guitar was a nutter - used to have to use a distortion pedal for the solos...

Funkodrom
20-11-2001, 10:55:50
The Pods are primarily amp simulators with effects added on, great for DIing into something for recording without having to have a big miked up amp, good for bedroom recording etc and the results are a lot better than I was expecting, especially on the guitar one.

I used the guitar one at RC's house when we recorded - http://www.loudmedicine.net/postit.mp3

PosterBoy
20-11-2001, 11:08:50
Originally posted by FunkyFingers
I've never used any bass effects, what are the ones that are actually worth using?

Actually, I remembered doing a gig at school once and playing a bass solo from a band called Mr Big - their bass guitar was a nutter - used to have to use a distortion pedal for the solos...

Billy Sheehan is an awesome bass player, he used to play for David Lee Roth and UFO.

FunkyFingers
20-11-2001, 12:13:23
Billy Sheehan, I was trying to remember his name. Nutcase of a bass player he was.:clueless:

FunkyFingers
23-11-2001, 17:31:18
Moan time - Elite Bass Strings.

Crap. They lose their tone so quickly. I've only had them 4 weeks and they've already gone dull. Now I'll have to boil them already.

Superwounds always lasted a lot longer than that, but they've gone bust. B'ah.

Elites - they say they're the "Chosen String of the Bass Institute" or some mulch like that. What a bunch of arse. 18 quid and they've already gone off. Makes me mad! :mad:

Still, pop 'em in a pan of boiling water for 10 mins, they'll be as new for a few more weeks. - top tip to any bass players here.