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I was on my way to play at a large outdoor field party in the middle of nowhere in my `71 Cougar when the throttle cable broke. Now what? No tools and stranded, I suddenly had a great idea. I took the G String off my bass and rigged it as a throttle cable, and drove on to my show! When I got there I took it off, put it back on my bass and rocked late into the night, feeling rather clever.
At the end of the night I put it back on and was driving home when I had an unforseen problem. At about 3 AM in a quiet little town, I pulled up to a stop sign and decided to kick it down a little in my old hotrod, when to my great surprise the throttle stuck wide open! After doing doughnuts for about 60 seconds, I finally managed to hit the key. I jumped out with my flashlight and opened the hood as tire smoke rolled down the street. When it cleared, I saw the cop walking over, and he was not a bit happy. He said "there had better be something wrong, or you're going to jail!"
His flashlight beam landed on my earier stroke of genius and he said "what the hell is that?"
"Of course," I replied, "its a bass guitar string, sir."
The Roundwound Rotosound string had sawed through the firewall and gotten stuck. After he quit laughing, he asked me where I was going. Happily, I was only a block from the guitar player's house. The whole family had been awakened by the noise, and was now standing on the front porch laughing at my situation! "Your car is a piece of $#!+. Get it off my street," said the officer.
He told me I had 1 day to get it properly repaired or he would have it towed as junk. I guess the moral of this story is: only use flatwound bass guitar strings as throttle cable!