"Bass VI" strings

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  1. hachi kid

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    I'm gonna be building a Warmoth Bass VI soon, and I'm curious what my string options are gonna be on this beast. Can anyone clue me in?
  2. NoiseNinja

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    Daddario makes a special set for Fender Bass VI: Daddario XL156 that has these gauges 024-034-044-056-072-084.. Those should fit. They are all round wounds as far as I remember. I know of at least one other brand that makes something similar, but with gauge 094 E. But I can't remember the brandname.
    But I'm sure you can buy all kinds of strings a piece, or even have them custom made somewhere.
    Ar you gonna build it out of short scale or baritone parts?
  3. hachi kid

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    I was looking for something heavier, definitely. Roundwounds, and stainless steel, too. Warmoth offers a full 30" scale Bass 6 type design.

    Where can I find companies where I can put together my own string packs or get someone to custom make some for me?
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  6. hachi kid

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    nice! I actually came across that link earlier today, and gave him a call. he's got just what I need. some stainless steel, roundwound La Bella Hellcat VI strings. freaking $9! I'm gonna order a couple packs when the times comes, for sure.
  7. ScottTunes

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    LaBella also makes Bass VI string sets... I used the flats to get the sound of the 60s... But they may also make round wounds for it...
  8. SLaPiNFuNK

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    FWIW:

    Fender Bass VI strings = 36" Ball End to Silk (Small ball ends & small diameter at tuning post)

    Hellcat VI strings = 32.75" Ball End to Silk (Small ball ends & small diameter at tuning post)

    La Bella does make stainless rounds for the Fender Bass VI as well.
  9. Thurisarz

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    Hmm...will the "Hellcat" strings fit on my 30" Danelectro Bass VI? The D'addario Bass VI XL156s are to long.
  10. CnB77

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    They do make rounds, I've seen them on string sites
    Is the extra length on the Fender ones because of the trem? Also, do Bass VIs use regular guitar tuners? I have a build for the summer I'm planning and I though a Bass VI would be cool...
  11. SLaPiNFuNK

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    I think the Fender Bass VI is a longer scale length than the Schecter I am not really sure honestly... I have had people buy the Hellcat strings to put them on a Fender VI (don't think they were original though) and they were too short.

    As far as I can tell both use guitar type tuners hence the smaller diameter tuning post sections. La Bella does this on the Hofner Beatle Bass and Fender Mustang Bass string sets as well.
  12. CnB77

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    According to the Schecter site and Wikipedia, they're both 30". But the Bass VI does have string through body and a jag style trem bridge, both of which would necessitate a longer string (I think).
  13. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    Then that would explain the required difference!
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    Sorry to revive an old thread but since the release of the Pawn-Shop Bass VI this info may be more relevant to some.
    Not through the body but the Jag/Jazzmaster Trem takes up quite a bit of length. Bass VI strings are about medium scale length. Though long scale should work above A. The Guitar style tuners are vintage spec with plenty of room for a tapered bass string end. The tremolo can accept both small (guitar style) or large (bass style) ball ends. Most Bass VI strings are small ball ends.

    Word on the street is that D'Addario is about to start offering every string that they produce as singles. That means that you will be able to get a medium scale .095 single to add to the Bass VI set for way less than the Labella Bass VI set. Through http://bassstringsonline.com(BTW this guys is a real pleasure to deal with) that would set you back about $16 plus shipping.

    On another note I emailed DR about doing a Bass VI Sunbeam set and they, while being as helpful as possible with what they had to offer, did not seem too interested in producing a new Bass VI set. Time will tell if things will change since this new Pawn-Shop Bass VI will most likely spike demand. I'd really like to see a Sunbeam set but would be pretty happy if D'addario would just fix their low E gauge. That's really all that is wrong with the strings they offer after all.
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    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    I'll order some on my next Ernie Ball order this week and tell you :D
  17. zuma

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    Thanks Jason! You're a scholar and a gentleman!
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    +1 at the very least ;)
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    Awe schucks thanks guys.

    :)
  20. SLaPiNFuNK

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    Ernie Ball 2837

    32.5" from the Back of the ball end to the start of the taper.

    Remember it is a small ball end so if you go from the front of the ball end it is just under 32.4"
  21. zuma

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    Thank you for the info Jason! Looks like the EBs won't work on the Fender VI then, right?

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