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Does a longer string mean a softer feel?

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by B String, Nov 30, 2005.


  1. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I like the softness of the Weich's, but the size of the
    regular Spirocore's. The Thomastik rep has told me (twice)
    that putting full length Spiro's on my 3/4 bass, will make
    them feel softer and more flexible. About like the Weich's.
    I've also heard this from another knowledgeable source.
    Anyone want to confirm this before I open the package?
     
  2. I can't confirm if 4/4 regulars will work, but 4/4 'weich' will not work on my (3/4) bass. I tried it by mistake. Wrong strings were sent & I payed for 2 string packages I opened (long story). They hung like spaghetti.
    From what I've read on this forum & from my own experiences, I think the 4/4 strings will work, but winding them into the peg box is another story. The winding will wrap around the peg & may or may not seperate. And it gets clumpy up there with all the extra length, unless you trim them :rollno: . Besides I'm probably not the only one that's played a Spiro that's been separating for a year & string still sounds ok.
    Not sure of gauges, but maybe this is your answer: Try a (3/4) solo set mittel (tuned orchestra). I think set is #3886.
    Let me know when your string drawer gets full. I'm working on mine :( .
     
  3. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    A string designed for 4/4 instruments will have less tension when strung on a 3/4 instrument, that's pure mathematics.
     
  4. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    AHA! Now my next question is, will it still work if I trim
    the strings a bit so there isn't too much extra string to
    wind over the pegs?
     
  5. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    And another thing. I could use a thinner string, like a
    Weich, or solo, but I'd like a little more string under
    my fingers, but with a little less tension.
     
  6. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    Of course, many players, myself included, do this.
    Just try to avoid winding the string over itself.
    One row only.
     
  7. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    If I understand well, you want a meatier string (under your fingers) but less tension?
    Then you may want to look at gut or synthetics like Innovation and Eurosonics.
     
  8. dfp

    dfp Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2004
    USA
    is that just b/c the vibrating length of 3/4 bass is shorter, or would the 4/4 string be less tense on the 3/4 bass than even the 3/4 string on the same bass? is there some difference in mass or diameter or density or whatever? curious....
     
  9. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    I don't know if the 3/4 string would be softer than the 4/4 string on the 3/4 instrument. Depends on the 3/4 string design.
    The 4/4 and the 3/4 strings are likely to use different construction and/or materials, which change the mass.
    The key factors here are the scale lenght and the mass.
     
  10. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    All is good. I got some great help from the Upton Bass
    guys. Put the strings on and........ it works! The strings
    are very similar to the D'addario Hybrids in gauge, but have
    a softer feel. No worries!
    Hey Francois. Thanks for your input. When it comes to
    strings, you da man.
     
  11. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    NYC
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
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