One problem with playing on really old basses is that there are aspects of left hand technique to do with avoiding squeaks - if the strings are too old your hand has no incentive to work on those techniques. Its quite common for somebody in this kind of situation to put new strings on for a performance of some kind but then find it virtually ruined by all the squeaking. Moral of the story is to aim to replace your basses before they lose their capacity to squeak.
Strings are cheap, in particular the vanilla EJ46. The time you need to change them should carry some value - you could use it for playing. Put the old strings into the round file (aka. the bin). I would just not bother.Alex65 wrote: ↑Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:16 amJust wondering if I still could use strings that are very old. I recently started playing CG again and I still have strings lying around from the old days. Not complete sets though. My best guess is that I bought these about 20 years ago. I use D'addario EJ46 and still do these days.
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