Bass Guitar Strings
With a little proper care and handling, you can increase the life span of your bass guitar strings. While there is no set timeframe for how often to change your strings, on average guitarists tend to replace strings once every three or four months. However, this decision will most likely be based upon the sound and tone that you prefer.
Over time the sounds produced by bass guitar strings will change. As the strings age the tone will eventually become dull. Your tolerance of this change in tone will be a factor in how often you replace the strings. Additionally, some guitarists do not like the sound of brand new guitar strings which produce a lighter tone. If this is the case, you will always want to break your strings in before a scheduled performance or show. Usually after about three days of practice, the strings should be sufficiently broken in.
In order for bass guitar strings to have a pleasing tone, they must be kept clean. Perspiration, dirt, and oil deposits can accumulate on the strings and have a negative effect. You should also avoid eating while playing your guitar. If you stop practicing for a meal break, make sure to wash your hands before returning.
If you are on a limited budget, you may want to periodically clean your guitar strings. The best method for cleaning bass guitar strings is to use denatured alcohol. After removing the strings, simply soak them in the alcohol overnight. Next remove the strings from the alcohol and carefully wipe them off. You will notice a big improvement in the sound quality.
It is important to only use denatured alcohol to clean bass guitar strings since it doesn’t contain any water. Water can severely damage the strings making replacement your only option.