Are your strings dirty? Broken? Or are you just tired of the way they sound? Don't pay for EXPENSIVE replacing charges at a guitar shop. Do It Yourself (DIY :)).

Things that you will need:

+New Bass strings(for me Fender Nylon Tapewounds)

+Wire Cutters

+Siccors (optional)

Step 1: Remove It!

Picture of Remove It!
Twist the tuning knob in a CLOCKWISE motion. Pull it out of the post.
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curbowman6 years ago
Hmmm... Fender Jazz Bass with no pickguard and a coated fretless fingerboard can only mean one thing: Jaco Pastorius fan!!
bass of dooooom
Clayton H. (author)  curbowman6 years ago
That is not the reason i bought it. The real reason was that i wanted a fretless and this was $279.00! A STEAL!
i have a modified vintage fender jazz bass (fretless) from squire that was around 300 bucks.
Well, Jaco was a great bassist!
mrmerino4 years ago
I use the little dip in the foothole on my shoe.
nerdzilla6 years ago
With standard bass strings, I think there are three windings needed around the post.

Also, when you have your strings off, it's a good idea to clean the fretboard of grime and dust, especially just under and above the frets. I'd also recommend getting some oil (from a music store, not just almond oil or something) and applying it to the neck so it doesn't dry out and crack on older basses.

Seymour-Duncan pickups r0xx0rz.
You can't use almond oil on a fretboard?

uh oh
mrmerino4 years ago
Do you have nylon strings on an electric bass?

cody3164 years ago
PERFECT! me and you have the same guitar, this is gonna be so easy to follow! FENDER SQUIER JAZZ BASS!! WOOOO! FENDER FOR LIFE!
JuCo4 years ago
guitar shops offer restringing? isn't that like calling a cable guy when your remote's batteries die?
Azayles JuCo4 years ago
That's never a good idea. The Cable Guy ends up wanting to be a friend for life, and taking you to medieval jousting tournaments.
Cheap bass, but very awesome bass. I tried one out, the pups sound awesome.
bassmonkey6 years ago
you only have a squire??? how long have you been playing?
Clayton H. (author)  bassmonkey6 years ago
Maby about 6 or so years. It's a squire because I'm only 14 and I paid for it all. That is why i got it. Probly Thinking about building my own. If I do it will be fretless, It will be 6 strings and it must be awsome, it was ment to be...
Clayton H. (author)  Clayton H.6 years ago
ohh yea... Then Mabey i'll sell this one.
i didn't meen that personally, but i'm just saying, a new bass might do you well...
Clayton H. (author)  bassmonkey6 years ago
I actualy just put my order in Yesterday for a Ergo 4 EUB. Should arive around the second week of June. I can't wait.
ergo? never heard of it.
Clayton H. (author)  bassmonkey6 years ago
that thing looks kinda dumb.
Clayton H. (author)  bassmonkey6 years ago
Jesse hand builds each one on specila order and can take up to six weeks to recive. Also preaty much all EUB's at this price SUCK! and he makes his up to 8 Strings which is profound in the world of upright. Watch this fideo Now and then tell me what you think.

WOW, cool your jets dude, all i said was it LOOKS kinda dumb, (which i stick by) and besides , I mean nothing against the dude, just think it could actually have a body...why don't you just get a REAL Fender?
I've probably been playing since before your parents were born and I can say with some confidence that these modern Indonesian Squiers are at least as good, if not better than your Mexican Fender. In my life I have owned and still do own some very expensive basses and guitars, some worth around $3,000, and while the quality of these Squiers is obviously not anywhere close they are still fantastic instruments. I would go as far as to say that unless people have nothing better to spend their money on then they should just stick with a Squier, assuming it plays well, at least until they have saved enough to buy an American Fender or better yet a Rickenbacker.
simcut simcut5 years ago
Oh and I am talking specifically about these 'modified' Squiers that cost maybe twice what some of the cheaper ones do. The cheaper ones are not good at all, although still light years ahead of the cheap guitars of my youth.
Clayton H. (author)  bassmonkey6 years ago
Because REAL Fenders ar overrated. Everyone has one! Why not get a Alembic or a Rosco or someting uniqe? Not some Jazz bass that your neighbor has. Also the vass came into today but I cant open it because 1. My mom's away for vaca and she left me in crummy ohio while she's in hawaii. And 2. She might make me wait for my birthday which is in maby a month or so. It was planed to come in around my birthday but i guess he got it done fast.
crumby ohio???!!! thats an oxi-moron ohio awsome, California is crumby!!
Clayton H. (author)  bassmonkey6 years ago
pretty much any state you stay in for long periods of time starts to turn crumby like how in Ohio expecialy were I am I the state is relay crumby because the neiborhood "corinators" have so many stupid little ruls which every single one is something fun we can't do or can't have like fences or sheds.
good point, but in California the economy REALLY sucks, and it's REALLY hilly, so bike rides (and everything else) become either work one way and relaxation the way back, or vise versa....
Clayton H. (author)  Clayton H.6 years ago
I meen bass, not vass
wow, i'm 12 and have a $657fender bass, and i paid for the whole thing!!!
Clayton H. (author)  bassmonkey6 years ago
Well I'm cheap. Plus with a $60 Tune up conciting of planing/ radiusing the fingerboard it sounds quite nice, withut the black tapewounds just because there bas strings to begin with, badly wound.
bughimnot6 years ago
It's actually a lot easier just to loosen off the strings and then cut them with your side cutters then it is to fight with pulling it out of the bridge :)
mrbob10006 years ago
i want to learn to play bass. my friend plays a headless bass, it looks cool
what's holding you back? it's easy! go onhttp://www.guitarcenter.com
Clayton H. (author)  mrbob10006 years ago
Like This?

Yea, i want one too...
or make one...
I don't see why this is really necessary to be featured on the front page of instructables. . .as said before, it really is so blatantly obvious that you shouldn't even need to ask. Anyways, bass strings are expensive, that's why people boil them, rather than replace them outright. I paid $40 for a set a few weeks ago, but I'll make them last 6 months with the right conditioning and such.
Try ebay... you can find great strings for under $10
e bay? go to a music store and get flat wounds, they sound awsomes
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