Originally Posted by 3234718
If you put a long scale set on a short scale bass, you'd be wrapping the fat part of the string around the posts, rather than the thinner ends. This would put too much stress on the tuning peg and could break it.
Actually I think it is the string that breaks. The fat part of the string does not like being bent in as tight a radius as the radius of the tuning peg. Strings are wound in such a way that the outer winding(s) stop before the string reaches the tuning peg leaving only the core and perhaps an inner winding to wrap around the peg. This means that there really is a difference between the different scale length strings. Unfortunately the only scale length that has an excellent variety of string choices is 34 inches.
Some short scale players do just use long scale strings and they report success. Others use one method or another to shorten long scale strings to fit short scale basses. I don't play a short scale so I am not endorsing either opinion, I am just repeating what some
others say here.