medium scale strings
I just bought a medium scale bass (32"). I was wondering if anyone has had good success using long scale strings on a medium scale. I have used long scale on a short scale bass but the string itself was wrapping around the post, and while it worked it was probably a matter of good fortune and not recommended!
What Jason said. Due to the confusion of what is the scale of the bass and the scale of the string, the best thing to do is as Jason suggests: measure from the string anchor to just above the nut, note that measurement, then contact Jason to ask him what strings will fit the bass.
And as the article explains:
A "short scale bass," meaning a measurement of 30 to 31 inches from bridge saddle to nut, will probably need a string with about a 32 inch winding on it, in order to clear the anchor and the nut.
But 32 inches is usually considered a "medium" scale for basses from bridge to nut, and may need a 34 inch string.
It gets better: with string through basses, more is needed.
And with some basses, like the Harmony H22 and reissues, the tail anchor is so far down that even though the instrument has a "short scale," meaning 30 inches from bridge to nut, they use "regular" strings made for 34 inch scale basses.
So...as Jason says, the key measurement is from the anchor to the nut, and let Jason help you get the correct string.
Thanks for the help!
You can often make long scale strings fit, but they will not be pulled to the proper tension and you may be disappointed with the sound.
Actually, many medium scale strings made for 32" nut-to-bridge basses are the exact same strings as their long counterparts, just starting the leader taper and silk sooner so the speaking body of the string doesn't bind around the tuning post. This even goes for short scale strings, especially for the G, D and A strings.
"How to find the correct string length for your instrument"
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