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A request for Don Dawson and D'addario

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by JimmyM, Jan 1, 2012.


  1. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Hey Don, not one for addressing people directly in the open on TB, but I think this is an issue that concerns more than just me, so I thought I'd try it this one time.

    After a little experimenting, I have come to the conclusion that Chromes are the flatwound string for me. I use the 40-95 set when I need flats (I also use XL's the same gauges when I need rounds). Currently I have a dead set of XL's on my Danelectro Longhorn but I want to switch it to Chromes because it's just not the same to use dead rounds. Unfortunately, the 40-95 set only comes in long scale. Not a big deal when using a short or medium scale bass that uses actual bass tuners, but Hofners and Danelectros use guitar tuners, and long scale strings put a lot of pressure on the E and A string tuner's posts that will inevitably result in the tuners breaking, and unwinding the wraps to make them fit on the guitar tuners will inevitably result in the string breaking.

    So I'd like to request that you all start making them in short and medium scale sets with the 40-95 gauges, please. I know there probably isn't a gigantic customer base for a set like that, but I think a sustainable customer base for them does exist, and I'd like those folks who would buy 40-95 Chromes for Danos and Hofners to pipe in and show some love for the idea. If enough of us want them, hopefully you good folks at D'addario will find it in your hearts to satisfy us.

    NOTE: Though I'm sure some of you folks will want to tell me to install real bass tuners or use a different type of string, let me head you off at the pass now. Thanks for the thoughts, but both these ideas are out of the question.
     
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    60 people viewed it and not one of you is interested in a 40-95 short scale set? Bah!
     
  3. dralionux

    dralionux

    Feb 3, 2009
    Savannah, GA
    I have two SX short scale and I also want 0.45 - 0.95 Chrome flats.
     
  4. Count me in!
     
  5. mordechai

    mordechai

    Dec 8, 2007
    Maine
    I'd buy them.
     
  6. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    I will drop him a personal email to check this thread:
     
  7. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    I would buy them, too. I have a Danelectro.

    Hofners, Danos, and flats all seem pretty popular right now, and I would think there would be a small market for light short scale flats.
     
  8. TimB 619

    TimB 619

    May 28, 2010
    Cape Cod, MA
    I think it's a great idea :hyper:
     
  9. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    You da man, dawg!
     
  10. Bear_Bass

    Bear_Bass

    Dec 28, 2011
    ill buy them. Perfect gauge and great for my longhorn
     
  11. ddawson2012

    ddawson2012

    Aug 30, 2011
    Farmingdale, NY
    D'Addario Marketing Specialist; Don Dawson
    I'll gladly share this with the product development team. I can't speak to the eventuality of how this might actually become a product but I'll voice your interest and share the tread. This IS how some products come to be however. Thanks for sharing.

    Hope everyone had a great New Years. I'm still recovering from my NYE gig.......ouch.

    Don
     
  12. FunkMetalBass

    FunkMetalBass

    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    In the interim, Jimmy, have you considered using steel washers or something to push the ball end farther back? It might look a little weird having 2 inches of string hanging past the bridge, but it would certainly work.

    Actually, the longhorn basses already look a little weird, so maybe the strings will complement the bass nicely. :)
     
  13. this is why i love talkbass. you get to talk directly to the company and players in alot of cases
     
  14. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    HAHAHA! Ya, I don't know...that would be quite a lot of washers to accommodate the Dano.
     
  15. FunkMetalBass

    FunkMetalBass

    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    You could get away with shortening the string length by about 2" right? How about a 2" long brass tube? It would almost look like a standard feature.

    Order Brass Brass Tube in Small Quantities at OnlineMetals.com
     
  16. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Ya, my NYE gig was an "ouch", too, and all I had to drink was one glass of champagne at midnight. We just had to get there insanely early. Fortunately, I got to leave at 12:30 since I played for mostly older folks at the Villages ;)

    Thanks very much for the reply, Don. Hope you can swing it. The Longhorn is quite mid scooped on its own and the extra mid content of Chromes would be quite welcome for me. The only bass I need it for would be my Longhorn, so in all honesty, I'd probably only be good for a couple sets, but I'd really like to think I'm not the only one who could use them. I certainly understand that it comes down to whether or not it would make business sense, so hopefully this thread will get enough of a reaction to demonstrate its viability.
     
  17. FunkMetalBass

    FunkMetalBass

    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    In thinking about it even more...

    Another (albeit more intrusive) option is to drill holes and install ferrules behind the bridge to string the bass through the body and then up through the bridge holes. This would surely shorten the string by an inch or two, and it would look less ridiculous than 2" long brass bars extending from your bridge. Even better, it would seriously open up the number of strings you could use.
     
  18. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Well first let's see how it goes with the good folks at D'addario. I don't know if I could handle looking at a piece of pipe sticking out of my bass...plus 2 inches is just enough on that bass to where I would no doubt get gored a few times ;) But you're thinking, and I like and respect that! Thanks bro!
     
  19. ddawson2012

    ddawson2012

    Aug 30, 2011
    Farmingdale, NY
    D'Addario Marketing Specialist; Don Dawson
    OK - gotta meeting on the docket to discuss this in more detail. Shared thread with the necessary players. I'll keep you posted as information unfolds. There's a new boss starting this week so that will certainly slow things down a bit while he gets up-to-speed. If you need to contact me with more detailed questions - you can reach me at don.dawson2@daddario.com.
     
  20. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    As a SS bass player and chromes lover i think this is a great idea.
     

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