Since bass guitar strings are a much heavier gauge than regular guitar strings, the bass guitar players is not likely to ever break a bass guitar string. However, this is not true with the tenor string, which is the smallest string located on the bass guitar. For this reason, it is extremely important to take proper care of your bass guitar strings.
It is highly recommended that you change your bass guitar strings every couple of months whether you feel they need it or not. Oftentimes, your strings will get not only dirty but will get a build up of gunk on them that will cling to them. This build up will cause your sound to be down-graded.
Never put only one new string on and leave a four month old string on. When you have different age strings on your bass guitar, then the sound that is produced from your bass guitar is not going to be the best it can be. In fact, it is going to be quite contorted. The life of your bass guitar strings can be vastly extended if you wipe down your strings each time you use your bass guitar.
Another thing that needs to be discussed is never leaving your bass guitar outside or stored inside near a window over any long period of time. The reason for this is that over time or a long period of time the cold or the heat can cause your bass guitar to become ruined. It can also cause your bass guitar strings to become way out of tune.
When times permits the bass guitar strings is with a soft, cotton cloth and a couple drops of rubbing alcohol, which can be purchased at your local drug store. For a few seconds, let the rubbing alcohol soak into the cotton cloth before beginning to clean the strings on your bass guitar.
The next step is to position the moist part of the cotton cloth between your index finger and your thumb. Continue by placing the cotton cloth at the beginning of a string and pinching the string with your index finger and your thumb against the moist part of the cotton cloth. Now all you have to do is rub up and down the length of the string.
Continue this process on all the other strings until they are all clean. Your bass guitar will now produce a much brighter and clearer sound. Remember, do not get the alcohol on any part of the wood on your bass guitar since it will dry out the wood. Continue enjoying your bass guitar and remember to care for your bass guitar strings.