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D'addario string tensions long vs short scale

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by JimmyM, Jan 6, 2014.


  1. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    So I've pretty much given up on the idea of ever getting Chromes in short scale in my wuss gauges, so I'm thinking I want to put a balanced tension set of XL's on my Longhorns. Only thing is, D'addario doesn't make a set of balanced tension XL's in my gauges (40-95), not even by piecing them together out of singles. Therefore, they also don't have short scale string tensions for the strings they don't make in short scale.

    So my idea is to buy long scale 40 and 55, short scale 70 and 95. Now according to what I can glean, the short scale tensions are reduced correspondingly with each other, and I should be able to use those gauges no problem and have balanced tension. Correct?

    Thanks!
     
  2. FourBanger

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    Should be good to go.
     
  3. mrb327

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    Jimmy, I used a set of medium chromes on a 30.5" scale EB0. Very easy to play even for me with CTS.
     
  4. JimmyM

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    Thanks for that, mrb, and I'm sure they are, but I greatly prefer the set that starts with a 40, and I also am addicted to the balanced tension.

    Thx FourBanger. I think I am, too.
     
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  6. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    Really the only string you need to purchase in "Short Scale" is the .095 so it does not wrap around the tuning post.

    I did the math on the tensions between short scale and long scale "balanced tension sets" is very very close to being the same.

    So I would order .040 .055 .070 in Long Scale and a .095 Short Scale string.

    (if you want to save some $ you could be better off buying a EXL220BT set and a single .095 short scale and then you have an extra .095 long scale for when you need it).
     
  7. JimmyM

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    Grrrr...misread BassStringsOnline. They have the 70 in short, but they only have 95 singles in medium scale, not long, but they will sell you a short scale set that has a 95. Sheesh! What is with that? So now if I want these gauges, I have to buy a set + two strings? And despite them having several short scale strings not available as singles in sets, they don't publish the tensions of anything but the ones available as singles.

    Makes zero sense to me.
     
  8. JimmyM

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    Jason, the G and D strings are clear on the Dano, but the long scale A speaking length wraps around the post, and the E short scale just barely clears, so a medium is out. Fortunately, the 70 actually is available as a single in short scale, but the only way I can get this set is to order the extra light short set and replace the A and D. Which is feasible, but it's going to cost me an extra $8. Those people at D'addario better appreciate that I like them so much I'm willing to go the extra mile ;)

    Thanks buddy...will be placing an order later tonight.
     
  9. mmbongo

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    Jason lists the .95 in long scale:
    http://www.bassstringsonline.com/-D...-Build-your-own-Custom-String-Set_p_1463.html
     
  10. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    Oh well it works in some basses.

    I'll look at the available skus again they might have updated something
     
  11. JimmyM

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    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    About to setup for a gig. I'll check the available strings tonight.
     
  13. JimmyM

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    Awesome! Got a couple other things I'm getting too, so it won't be a lame single pack order ;)
     
  14. SLaPiNFuNK

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    Ok so I am looking at the available strings... This explains why many users have been making this set...

    .040 .055 .070 .100(shortscale)

    So that may be the way to go!

    No .095 Short Scale from D'Addario at the moment.
     
  15. JimmyM

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    That 100 E looks like it might actually work out, considering it's right around 28 lbs tension, which is what I'm guesstimating the others to be. Good call, Jason! OK, I'll give it a shot...will be ordering in a little bit.
     
  16. ixlramp

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    For a more balanced set how about 40 55 75 100? There seems to be a XL .075 in short scale ...
     
  17. JimmyM

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    Might try a 75 if the set Jason mentioned doesn't work out. But they do have a 70 in short scale...I just misread the website at first.
     

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