Don't Cut Upright Bass Strings!
Every now and then we learn that one of our customers has cut his
bass strings! Whatever you do, never cut your upright
bass strings. Maybe their thinking (I am sure) is a holdover
from their days of playing an electric bass (Fender) but one should
never cut the strings on an upright bass because they will surely
loose the 'integrity' of the winding and literally...fall apart and
On the well made Pirastro and Thomastik brand of strings, one of
their best attributes is the extreme quality of the wrapping and how
long they last. Why cut them??? Cutting them will
release the tight core wrapping that will eventually work its way
down to the rest of the string thereby ruining it.
From what we can tell, some have thought (incorrectly) that it is
bad when the colored end winding (scroll) end of the string runs out
and then the metal string wraps around the tuning peg. This is
normal if it does this and every string goes around the tuner peg a
couple times before the string is at playing tension. It's
On very rare occasions, some synthetic strings cannot
handle the multiple revolutions on the peg. One particular
recent example is the new D'Addario Zyex E string. The E core
is the fattest, stiffest string and because of this they were
susceptible to breaking. They seem to have fixed this as well.
Early on, their Zyex E strings were the typical length as their
other bass strings, but they soon realize that with the Tungsten
core, going around the peg once or twice (or too many times), would
break. They remedied that by making their E strings slightly
shorter thereby minimizing too many revolutions around the peg.
Hope this clears up any questions regarding whether to cut your
upright bass strings. Don't!