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    Boiling your strings.

    This just has to be bullshit. I've been playing comin on 13 years now and I've never once tried it, because it just sounds retarded.

    For those unaware - apparently it gives your strings a bit more life if they're getting old, particularly bass strings. I have a bassist friend who does it regularly, but whether it actually works or not is another story. FWIW, he's a cunt.

    I just don't see how it can do anything but damage. Water + extreme heat just sound like the worst things imaginable for a length of metal that is supposed to be a calculated and measured tension.

    Does it really work, or have I been right to be sceptical?
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    I also have a bassist friend who does this.

    The only difference after that i could tell was the strings were really clean
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    Exactly. Cleaner, but completely tarnished. Ones I've seen have lost all shine and have gone a dull grey, and have no tonal improvement what so ever.

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    Bassist in a band I used to play with had been using the same set of strings for 4 or 5 years, just boiling them a couple of times a month or thereabouts... They sounded good, but then he was an incredible bassist and had an absolutely stunning bass, which I'm sure had far greater impact on his tone than his strings!

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    Not a great idea. A better way to keep strings new is to soak them in denatured alcohol overnight. Doesn't cause rust and works great.
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    I boiled a set of bass strings a few years ago, it was for a cheap bass and I wasn't too bothered getting new strings. It worked pretty well, it definitely gave them a new lease of life with some tonal improvement. It didn't last very long they were back in poor enough shape after a few weeks of playing on them. I wouldn't be too bothered trying it again.
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    And IIRC....EVH did this a bit. And if your around the guitar community long enough you know when there is a single thing EVH has done or alleged to have done majority of people tend to follow what he does. And then it spreads. Probably even more since the internet has taken off.
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    Unless I am drastically mistaken this has been a practice for bass long before the time of EVH.

    For guitar its not very cost effective though, when you take into account the price of strings and the amount of hassle it is. For bass though I might consider it, especially if I had something like a 6 string bass, which is quite costly to restring.

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