DR Sunbeams on 5 string Ibanez miKro?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Kathrynn Lyle, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. Kathrynn Lyle

    Kathrynn Lyle

    Oct 7, 2017
    I just purchased the Ibanez short scale 5-string miKro to use as a practice bass. I would like to darken the tone by changing the strings to something like DR Sunbeams. Does anyone know if the mediums will be too long? I don't see any 5-string DRs that are short scale, but I would like a rounder less bright sound. Any other advice about what to do would be appreciated. Changing pups is a possibility but I don't know if it's worth it for such a cheap bass.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2017
  2. I think the winding length of SunBeams is too long for a Mikro.
  3. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    From ball-end to the first machine-head on a Mikro is 31-3/4"

    SunBeams have a 33-3/4" winding length, too long:



    Scale Length: 37 3/4"

    Short Scale: 33 3/4"

    Material: Nickel-Plated Steel. Round Core Wire with Ball End.
  4. If you want to "darken the tone", DR Sunbeams are not the best option as they're anything but "dark".

    Besides, as others have already pointed out, DR's "short scale" is actually the same as most manufacturers' "medium" at around 34" in winding length (ball end to silk/taper).
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