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do i have a string length problem?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Moe Shetty, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. Moe Shetty

    Moe Shetty

    Dec 2, 2012
    set new strings on a fender mustang, short scale, but through body ends. on the e and a strings, the string is into the peg/slot BEYOND the silk, and into the flatwound part. the string seems to not want to bend. am i ok with it?
  2. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Can you post a picture?
  3. Moe Shetty

    Moe Shetty

    Dec 2, 2012
    here it is. see the difference between the e and a compared to d and g with respect to the silk end of the string?

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  4. Lemon Of Troy

    Lemon Of Troy Banned

    Nov 6, 2012
    Palmetto State
    Those are definitely too long.
  5. Moe Shetty

    Moe Shetty

    Dec 2, 2012
    what is the risk? damage?
  6. LoTone

    LoTone Leonardo please... behave yourself! Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    Quebec, Canada
    I have owned a Fender Mustang in the past. The bass is short scale (i.e. 30") but it is strung through the body. Therefore, you need to buy medium scale strings (i.e. 32").

    Good Luck.

    -- LoTone
  7. mccartneyman


    Dec 22, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Managing Editor, Bass Guitars Editor, MusicGearReview.com
    Risk is that the string may pop on you while you're playing. Damage would be loss of string, probably nothing to the bass or player unless the snapped end whiplashes you.
  8. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    They are too long... But if they haven't broke already, most likely they are not going to...

    Are those DR Legends?
  9. Moe Shetty

    Moe Shetty

    Dec 2, 2012
    yes, they are. hope i made a good pick
  10. ModulusQ5-122

    ModulusQ5-122 Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    Lafayette, La
    You'll be ok.
  11. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    DR "Short Scale" Legends are actually 34" winding (which really makes them Medium Scale).

    Other companies specific "Mustang" strings are 33"

    But the DR Legends are more than flexible enough for these to work for you. I would not worry about them breaking, like I said, if they were going to, they would have already...
  12. Rick48195

    Rick48195 Rick48195, Play it like you stole it!!!

    Mar 19, 2012
    Southgate, MI
    According to the representative at LaBella, these strings are too long for this bass and you stand the risk of breaking the ones with the silk into the tuners, They tell you on Labella Flatwound strings (not sure about your brand) that they should not be used with through the body setups, I have a different problem with string length on my shortscale Gibson SG, it has a hipshot bridge and instead of shortscale strings, I need medium scale in order for the silk to clear the nut and still be short of the tuners
  13. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    La Bella makes strings specifically for thru body stringing
  14. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    They're technically too long, but there's no reason they won't work just fine, and last for many years. People worry too much about this.

    The phrase is "you may run the risk"...there are two qualifiers in there: "may" (not will) and "risk" (not certainty). Once you get them installed and nothing broke, there's every reason to expect they will last.

    If they installed and tuned OK, you can leave them alone. If you're worried about, it, get the right length strings (2" shorter than the ones you used) and carry them as spares.