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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Boiling flats


Jan 2nd, 2019 12:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

Boiled two TI JF324 sets that were on two of my höfners for 4-5 years and were beyond dead. I let them cook for a couple of minutes in a pan with boiling water and some liquid soap, the water turned brown... where was all that gunk hiding in a flat-surface string?

Now they sound like new. All the brightness is back - a little too much for my taste, but in a few months they will mellow out.

Until yesterday I thought flats were for life and you don't have to do any maintenance. Well, I was wrong.

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Jan 2nd, 2019 06:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

Interesting. I've read of dubious results with boiling strings, but glad it worked for you.

I use Thomastik Infelt (TI) flats on a number of basses. I haven't noticed any going dead. The TIs on of my p-basses are 18 years old. All of them are over 6 years old.

Granted, I don't like clank in my bass strings. That's one reason I use flats.

Te 52

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Jan 2nd, 2019 10:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

When I worked in the disk drive industry -- where cleanliness of parts is religion -- I used to clean old wound strings in the ultrasonic freon degreaser. Came out cleaner than new. Rather unusual but handy employment side benefit.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 12:31 PM, Jan 2nd, 2019)

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Jan 2nd, 2019 10:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

I found Dr Ducks Axe Wax has revived mine. Put it on a microfiber towel and using index and thumb I Squeeze It around the string and wipe up and down each string.

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