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32" & 34" Thomastick Jazz Flats

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by michele, Nov 5, 2005.

  1. michele

    michele Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2004
    I play 34"scale TI Jazz Flats (JF344) and I'm really happy with these strings. Now I have a 32" scale bass in the works and I'd like to know if anyone has ever put Jazz Flats 34" set on a 32" scale bass and how this works. I know that TI offer a 32" scale set (JF324) but they have little less tension (and a .106 E string vs. the .100 on the 34" set) so I'm scared the 32" set feels very "sloppy".
    Input from people using both sets on different basses are also welcome.
  2. zombywoof5050


    Dec 20, 2001
    If you have a 32" scale bass, then I would recommend going with the 32" scale string set.

    TI did extensive testing and came to their decision on the gauges that they offer as a result of that testing. They felt that they had come up with just the right gauges, and this is why they only offer one gauge for each scale length.

    Anyway, the 34" scale string set will not have the same tension when you put them on a 32" scale bass, the tension will be lower because of the shorter scale length. And there is a slight loss of low end at shorter scale lengths, which is probably the reason for the larger gauges on the 32" string set.
  3. tiredman9


    Aug 15, 2005
    New York
    The thicker the string the higher the tension so a 110 E has a higher tension than a 100 E and a 50 G has a higher tension than a 45. So the 106's tension should be pretty good shouldnt it. I like my strings tight and use a 110 or 105 on an E but i dont know if all this holds true to short scales though i dont see why it wouldn't...
  4. michele

    michele Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2004
    The strange thing that I notice about the two sets is that they actually differ just on the thickness of the E string and of course the two E have different tension.
    But G, D and A strings have the same gauge (.43, .56, .70) but with lower tension tension on the short scale set.

    .43 (32.80)
    .56 (32.84)
    .70 (27.66)
    .106 (35.28)

    .43 (37.03)
    .56 (37.47)
    .70 (31.30)
    .100 (34.39)
  5. zombywoof5050


    Dec 20, 2001
    It stands to reason that if you take two of the same string (assuming that they are essentially the same but just different lengths) and put one on a 34" scale and the other on a 32" scale, the one on the 32" scale will have to be loosened a little to achieve the same pitch. This is why the tension is lower on the shorter scale bass.

    I was surprised to see that the A, D, and G strings were the same gauge, with only the E being different on the shorter scale set.