As with other stringed instruments, bass strings are also consumables. However, compared to guitar strings, bass strings are more expensive. You will want to replace it without mistakes if possible. It's so easy to change the bass strings, so let's master how to stretch the bass strings in this course.
It is efficient to cut and remove the strings with a string cutter (a kind of wire cutters). In that case, be sure to loosen the strings before cutting.
It is a metallic part that wraps one end of the string. Tune by adjusting the string tension by turning the peg.
It is a string guide that holds the 1st and 2nd strings and prevents the strings from coming off the nut. It also has the effect of increasing the tension of the strings.
Pass the string from the bridge so that the string rests on the saddle.
Let's string starting from the 4th string.
Keep it taut from the bridge and bend about 1.5 pegs from the winding position.
Cut the string about 1 cm from the bent position and put the string in the string post.
The peg can be turned smoothly by using a tool called a string winder.
The winding direction is such that the strings pass inside the string post. Also, do not overlap below the string post.
Since it is easy to install string that have been stretched, it takes time for the tuning to become stable.
Unlike guitar strings, bass strings are hard to break. The replacement time varies depending on the person, but it is more common to replace the sound when it disappears (expressed as "dead sound") rather than replacing it after the string breaks. In addition to the lack of the glaring original sound, Flat-Wound strings have a longer life than Round-Wound strings, so many people do not replace them for a long time. By the way James Jameson, a bassist, is famous for not replacing flatwound strings for more than a decade.
Before changing your bass strings, let's check the condition of the bass. If the bass is not in the proper condition, even if you change the strings with care, the sound may be choppy or the strings may break immediately.
If the string breaks immediately during re-stringing or when tension is applied, it may be due to the nut, string post, or string guide. If you have just replaced the string but it has been broken from the nut near the string post, please check below.
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