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30,80'' (!)scale EB-3: short or medium flats?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by happy_tom, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. happy_tom


    Jun 10, 2012
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    I have been eyeing D'addario Chromes for a while, but reading all of the old topics I am now not sure should I buy short or medium scale flats?

    I have a 1960's ltd. ed. Epiphone EB3 with an unusual scale of 30.8''
    It has the stock bridge, which adds it's own problems to the picture: there's very little room between the ball end and the saddle, so preferably the string shouldn't have silk at the ball end.

    Or can I simply cut the silk off with no harm? :confused:
    I haven't really gotten around to mess with this bass yet, it had roundwound Pyramids with no silk on forever. They're okay, but I really fell in love with the feel of flats.

    I really don't wanna buy the wrong ones, becouse shory flats, not to mention medium ones are really impossible to get here, so I have to order online, and it ain't gonna be cheap even for Chromes or DR (which are the only two options available anyway...).

    Sooo, thanx for help.
  2. hotbass57


    Nov 27, 2011
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    I use med. scale chromes on my hofner. i'd go with med scale.
  3. ShonenCello


    Sep 21, 2011
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    I put tiny washers on the ball ends to solve the silk problem on my Epi's.

    Cheap. Works.
  4. donn


    Mar 28, 2011
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    Standard short scale is 30.5, isn't it? I'm not making any promises that a particular set is going to fit, but not because your scale is 5/16 inch longer than standard.

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