Bass strings aren't cheap, so learning how to make old bass strings sound new for free would be a pretty good trick for any of us who aren't independently wealthy - or endorsed by a bass string manufacturer.
So I'm sure that bass players around the world who have discovered this video are rejoicing!
I'm not ashamed to admit that I've been known to horde my old bass strings, just in case I have one break on me and there's no stores open and I need a replacement immediately.
Now I'm thinking that I can bring back those old strings from the dead at the same time, and make it actually sound new.
I hadn't heard of this Marlo guy is, but he's got my attention now.
This is about the single coolest bass guitar secret I've ever heard and will save you money instantly. Check it out below:
My only question now is - how long can you go before you have to buy a new pack of strings if you can slap the sh!t out of them to bring them back from the dead?
I'll do an update after I attempt this trick with my bass. It hasn't had new strings in at least 3 years - so if this trick can make my bass strings sound like new, then it should work for yours as well!
How do you like your strings? Dead and deep or bright and sparkly?
Bass String Experiment Update
I tested out this technique with my personal bass; I have no idea how old the strings are but my guess is at least 3 year! I figured that if this new sounding bass string technique is going to be put to the test - this will definitely be it.
The video is below. I must apologize for the quality as I was recording at low volume (you may need to turn it up when you watch) and I attempted to splice together multiple bits of footage using the Youtube Clip Editor - with some very amateur results. If you know any good video editors who like to work for free and offer a very quick turn around - please share their contact details with me!
Without further ado, here's the video:
While I didn't get overly impressive results - the sound did seem improved to my ears (perhaps you really had to be there to notice?). While I don't recall Marlo saying anything about what type of strings his technique works the best with - I'm guessing that new-ish strings that are less than 6 months old would probably fare better than mine.
Also - for the record, I was using round wound strings as well - if any string should sound more bright it would be those.
Anyway, I highly recommend you give it a try. You have nothing to lose but a few minutes of your time and it could well save you from having to buy strings quite as often.
Thanks for reading. Do you have a friend who needs new bass strings? Tell them about this post and video and help your buddy out!