TIL the iconic Motown bassist James Jamerson never replaced strings on his bass unless a string broke. He did not take much care of the instrument, saying: “The dirt keeps the funk”. When the neck warped, making it harder to fret, he said it improved the tone.

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  1. There’s a lot of truth to this for bass.

    Guitar players like having clarity and brightness most times so they change strings often. If you have let them get used, they get flatter. And flatter strings they tend to have a duller tone. Also bass strings being so big they last a hell of a lot longer.

    Having what is called a “higher action” also tends to make the instrument louder and sound better at the penalty of being a pain in the ass to play.

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