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Changing Stings

Ok, for 30 years I've been changing my own strings and aside from cutting too long or short once or twice, I've never had a problem.

I posted a pic of my bass and new (still in the box) strings on Facey today. No strings on the bass BTW. A buddy of mine who is a bassist tells me to never remove all the strings at once but to remove one at a time and replace before removing another as it causes neck problems.

As I said, in 30 years I've never had an issue with doing this. Strings off, strings on. Has anyone else had a problem caused by removing all the strings? Honestly, I think it's a load of horse biscuits.


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3/11/2013 3:07 PM

DON SHAFER (7300) wrote:

I've heard that too, been changing strings for 35+ years and NEVER a problem. The only bass i do remove one at a time is my Hofner copy because of the floating bridge. I have flats on there now, so I'll never change them again.

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3/16/2013 9:55 PM

Douglas Wyatt (6811) wrote:

I've been changing strings and setting up my own strings for about 25 years now. I prefer taking them all off to make it easier to do fretboard maintainence. I've heard a couple of reasons not to do this. The most popular one seems to be that if you replace your set with a new version of the same, you can change them without having to set everything up again. The other is that you can mess the neck up taking them all off at once due to the neck having pressure put on it in different ways.
Both are poppycock. Even if you change the strings one at a time with the same brand and gauge to prevent setting it all over again, the bass is still goinmg to need to re-intonated and set up 2 or 3 times a year due to seasonal changes. Also, if the bass has all the strings taken off at once You need a new set-up and intonation anyway, so any damage that might be done is eliminated quckly.

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9/4/2013 11:53 AM

Rob Pizapio (494) wrote:

? how would you clean it up if you left any strings on?
No I always remove all of the strings since the string changing time is the best time to clean the bass of all the grim it has taken on between the last string change.

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