Bass guitar strings for a standard (34") scale don't tend to work very well on shorter scales, no.
Edit: Depends on the scale of course. They'll be OK on a 32" or 30" scale. But 1/2 scale? No.
If this is a misplaced thread that relates to double basses: Some DB strings don't cope very well with being cut, which is why manufacturers usually sell a variety of strings for different scale lengths. I wouldn't advise cutting them.
Last edited by kevteop : 02-04-2014 at 06:00 PM.