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difference between long and short scale?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by tony moore, Dec 24, 2004.

  1. so, except for the length, what is the difference between long and short scale strings?

    and, except for the possibility of the wounds becoming undone, can long scale strings be used on short scale basses?

    i ask because i really dig playing short scale basses, but am frustrated by the few strings available labeled as "short scale".


  2. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    Yes, length is pretty much the main difference. The problem with using long-scale strings on a short-scale bass is that they will tend to break at the tuner end, since the main winding will be wrapped around the tuner post. Many moons ago, I used Dean Markley long-scale strings on an EKO short-scale bass, however, with no problems. So you might get away with it. The downside is that you might not.