Short Scale strings

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  1. zontar

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    Do any other short scale bass owners have an issue with going to buy bass strings and not finding any short scale strings?
    I can't use long or medium scale strings on my EB-3 copy (30" scale) they don't fit properly on the low E--either the string won't fit the slot on the post or the string wraps around itself.

    Fortunately one store will sometimes carry them, and that helps.
    But I may need to get them online ahead of time.


    Anybody else have issues with that, and if so--any advice?

    Thanks
  2. Showdown

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    bassstringsonline.com or juststrings.com. You seldom find short scale strings in a store.
  3. zontar

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    That's been my experience.

    they used to be easier to find around here, and the one store that did carry them on a regular basis was bought out by a larger store (Not Guitar Centre--I'm in Canada)
  4. SLaPiNFuNK

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  6. zontar

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    Cool link.
    Thanks.
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    Short scale strings don't often show up in stores, at least as far as I can find. I rely on either GHS or Pyramid strings purchased via the web.

    Only one store I've used in the past carried short scale strings briefly, and that's because I specifically ordered multiple sets...they put some of the leftovers out in the racks where they sat for years. I bought the remaining stock eventually.
  8. GIBrat51

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    The Sam Ash here in Las Vegas is the only store I've found that has any Short Scale strings at all. If you want D'Addario EXL170S, that is; that's all they carry. Neither of the 2 GC's do (naturally), but that's OK; I'm tired of having to explain the difference between basses and guitars to a pimply, slack-jawed mouth breather, anyway. The concept of scale lengths would probably blow his tiny mind. All my short scale basses use medium scale strings, anyway; which, of course, nobody has. :D
  9. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    And that is the problem with strings being sold by "Scale Length." I have 2 short scale instruments as well that require Medium Scale strings for proper fit.

    Sigh...
  10. zontar

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    I see medium scale strings more often than short scale strings--and they are too long for my EB-3 copy.
    But my new bass is long scale--so there are more options out there.

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