Super Long Strings on 34"scale bass! Urgent!

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Beethoven, Mar 4, 2014.


  1. Beethoven

    Beethoven

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    Hi guys.

    Can I put Super Long strings ( D'Addario EXP 170-5SL) on a 34" scale bass (Ibanez SR 305 IPT). I can short them but I'm afraid it will cause bad vibration because of lack thinnest and middle part. Has anyone tried anything like that?
  2. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    You'll be fine. If you see that too much of the thick part of the B string is wrapping around the post, cut it a little shorter.
  3. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

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    I would avoid a super-long string if possible as the full-thickness wrap may reach and wind around the string post. This may put undue stress on the wraps resulting in separation and premature breakage.

    Riis
  4. MrTaff

    MrTaff

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    Cutting it shorter wont help if the thick part is starting to wrap around the post, the taper will still be in the same place.
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  6. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    You're right. I didn't have my coffee yet. It made sense when I was sleepy.
  7. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

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    No, you were partially correct. Snip it off at the ball-end and it will never be a problem again. BAHAHAHHA!

    Riis
  8. CrashClint

    CrashClint I Play Bass therefore I Am Gold Supporting Member

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    Lol
  9. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    Right. The playing portion of the string may break if it's wound onto the tuning post. Strings are not designed for it. You may or may not get away with it.
  10. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51

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    I've been getting away with it for years, using regular long scale strings on a short scale Gretsch Broadkaster. Yes, they are a PITA - especially the E string, - and I am very careful when I put them on. And, OTOH, no, it's not a good idea, and I wouldn't do it as a general thing. My Broadkaster's next string change will be to a Medium scale set of the strings I finally decided to keep on the thing (which is the proper length string for a Broadkaster). :)

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