Available Short Scale Sets

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  1. bassburner

    bassburner Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2008
    I couldn't find a list, and some manufacturers' sites aren't very helpful in tracking down their available short scale strings so I threw this list together.

    The number after the manufacturers' name is the winding length.

    D’Addario - 32 1/4”
    - Prosteels, 45-100
    - Nickel Wound, 40-95
    - Nickel Wound, 45-100
    - Half Rounds, 45-100
    - Chromes, 45-100
    - Tapewound, 50-105

    Dunlop - 32 3/4”
    - NIckel Wound, 45-105
    - Stainless Steel Flatwound. 40-100
    - Stainless Steel Flatwound, 5 String, 40-120
    - Stainless Steel Flatwound. 45-105
    - Stainless Steel Flatwound, gib5 String, 45-125

    Ernie Ball - 32 1/2”
    - Regular Slinky, 45-105
    - Super Slinky, 40-100

    GHS -32 3/4”
    - Balanced Nickels, 44-106
    - Bass Boomers, 45-95
    - Bass Boomers, 50-107
    - Bright Flats, 49-108
    - Precision Flats, 45-95
    - Pressurewound, 40-96

    Hofner
    - Contemporary Roundwounds, 40-95

    LaBella - 32 1/4”
    - Black Nylon Tape, 50-105
    - Black Nylon Tape, 60-115
    - Deep Talkin’ Flats, 39-96
    - Deep Talkin’ Flats, 43-104
    - Deep Talkin’ Flats, 45-105
    - Deep Talkin’ Flats, 49-109
    - Deep Talkin’ Flats, Original Style, 52-110
    - Deep Talkin’ Flats, 5 String, 45-128
    - Deep Talkin’ Flats, 6 String, 29-128
    - White Nylon Tape, 50-105
    - White Nylon Tape, 60-115
    - Low Tension Flats, 42-100

    Picato - 32"
    - Flatwound, 45-100

    Rotosound - 32”
    - Swing 66 Steel, 40-90
    - Jazz 77, 40-90
    - Tru Bass 88, 65-115

    SIT Strings - 32 1/2"
    - Power Wound, 40-95
    - Power Wound, 45-105

    Stringjoy - 32”
    - Nickel, 45-100
    - Nickel, 45-105
    - Nickel, 50-105
    - Nickel, 55-110

    **Not Quite Short Scale**
    These are strings of either unknown winding lengths or winding lengths > 33" but that are advertised as short scale.

    Curt Mangan - 34 3/4”
    - Nickel, 40-100
    - NIckel, 45-105
    - Nickel 5 String, 45-130
    - 12 String, 45-100

    DR Strings - 33 3/4”
    - Hi-Beams, 45-105
    - Hi-Beams, 5 string, 45-125
    - Sunbeams, 45-105
    - Sunbeams, 5 string, 45-125

    Gibson - ?
    - Flatwound Steel, 40-95
    - Flatwound Steel, 45-100

    Optima - ?
    - 24K Gold, 35-90
    - 24K Gold, 40-95
    - 24K Gold, 45-100
    - 24K Gold, 45-105
    - 24K Gold, 50-105
    - 24K Gold, 5 String, 30-100
    - 24K Gold, 5 String, 45-125
    - 24K Gold, 6 String, 30-125
    - 24K Gold Studiobass Unique, 45-105
    - 24K Gold Studiobass Unique, 5 String, 45-130
    - 24K Gold Studiobass Unique, 6 String, 30-130
    - 24K Gold Maxiflex, 40-95
    - 24K Gold Maxiflex, 45-100
    - Chrome, 35-90
    - Chrome, 40-95
    - Chrome, 45-100
    - Chrome, 45-105
    - Chrome, 50-105
    - Chrome, 5 String, 30-100
    - Chrome, 5 String, 45-125
    - Chrome, 6 String, 30-125
    - Flatwound, 45-100
    - Flatwound, 5 String, 45-125
    - Chrome Studio Bass Unique, 45-105
    - Chrome Studio Bass Unique, 45-130
    - Chrome Studio Bass Unique, 30-130

    Pyramid -33 1/2”
    - Pure Nickel, 40-100
    - Stainless Steel, 40-100

    Thomastik-Infeld - 35 1/2”
    - Jazz Round Wound, 42-93
    - Jazz Flat Wound, 43-106
     
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2020
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  2. DR "short scale" = 33.75" in winding length (ball end to taper).

    TI "short scale" = 35.5" in winding length (ball end to silk/taper).
     
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  3. Vinny_G

    Vinny_G

    Dec 1, 2011
    Neustria
  4. Vinny_G

    Vinny_G

    Dec 1, 2011
    Neustria
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  5. bassburner

    bassburner Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2008
    Updated with Pyramid and Optima. Also added winding lengths
     
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  7. SIT "short scale" = 32.5".
     
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  9. gigetto

    gigetto

    Sep 25, 2019
    Italy
    Hofner Contemporary roundwound
     
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  10. shoulderpet

    shoulderpet

    Sep 24, 2015
    Just a heads up to anyone considering these, they are dreadful, I use the long scale set and cut them down to size
     
  11. gigetto

    gigetto

    Sep 25, 2019
    Italy
    The problem cutting is in Intonation due to string tension and in the hole diameter of MI in some instruments like Mikro that have a little diameter in tuners.
     
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  12. SamanthaCay

    SamanthaCay Like bass guitar OMG!

    Nov 16, 2008
    Denver, CO.
    Excellent list, I'll add pyramid's black nylon's to the list. I haven't tried 'em but I've been wanting too, and it appears they offer a shorty set.
     
  13. DavidEdenAria

    DavidEdenAria

    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    Can someone tell me what SS flats have gold silks on the bridge end only?
     
  14. Thank you, it takes time and effort to do this stuff and post it to make life easier for the rest of us. May save someone some money too. I just bought strings for a Mikro and they are too long. Now I am looking for a bass to fit the new strings.
     
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  15. Vinny_G

    Vinny_G

    Dec 1, 2011
    Neustria
    All Galli bass strings except the EB Nickel Coated and the Exposed Core are available in short scale, but their website does not specify the exact winding length.
     
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  16. Dan_reeves

    Dan_reeves

    Jun 14, 2013
    Daddario makes a short scale nickel XL in 50-105 also
     
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  17. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    They will be longer, almost medium scale, because they have to fit the added length between the bridge saddle and the string anchor.
     
  18. shoulderpet

    shoulderpet

    Sep 24, 2015
    For anyone in the uk Newtone strings are worth trying, they only do rounds at the moment but they can wind to any scale length and any gauge, I had them make me a short scale set in 100-74-54-40 with a taper at the bridge end
     
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  19. TortoiseBass

    TortoiseBass

    Aug 26, 2020
    I thought short scale was 30 inches? Looking for some 30 inch flats
     
  20. TortoiseBass

    TortoiseBass

    Aug 26, 2020
    Oh hang on, this is the entire winding length for the bass, not just scale. Sorry. What would fit with this short scale: Gear4music 3/4 LA Bass Guitar
     
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