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Reviving Old Bass Strings: A New Approach

I let one of my friends borrow my 1978 pre-Ernie Ball Music Man bass, and he really gunked up the strings. You’ll hear in the video below that the strings are pretty dead.

There are all kinds of tricks out there being shared for reviving old strings: boiling, alcohol, whatever. This doesn’t require any of that, and you don’t even have to remove the strings.

You can follow along with the video to see exactly how this is done. Here are the basic steps:

  1. Detune the string. Get it nice and loose.
  2. Grab the string, pull it away from the neck and slap it against the fretboard several times.
  3. Check the string and compare with the others. If it still isn’t bright or new-sounding, keep slapping.

Now you can really slap that thing.

Give it a try and let me know how it goes for you… share your results and other tricks in the comments.