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For Bassmanguy4516 - beginner string question

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by craigb, Apr 22, 2001.


  1. craigb

    craigb G&L churnmeister Supporting Member

    Hey Bassmanguy4516,

    I'm not sure why you chose me to ask your question of but when I tried to respond MSN bounced the message with "user unknown". So in case you check back here (you had 0 messages posted in your profile) here's the info.

    PS: You are probably better off just posting your questions here than emailing people - you'll get a broader range of answers.

    For the "how" go to this link:

    http://www.bassplayer.com/gear/install.shtml

    It's a bass player article with pictures that show exactly how to change
    strings.

    I can't claim any great insight on what kind to buy. The type (short,
    medium, regular, extra long) relates to the length of the string and the
    scale length of the bass they should go on. "Standard" scale is 34" and
    that's pretty much all Fender Precision and Jazz basses. In fact I think
    most basses are 34" scale. I think short scale is 30", medium is 32" and
    extra long is 35&36" (usually upscale 5 and 6 strings). The scale length is
    the "speaking length" of the string - the distance from the nut to the
    bridge.

    I've tried a number of different brands and couldn't tell a big diff between
    them. I like nickel better than steel but you may have a different
    preference. I've tried half-rounds but not flats and for the present am
    sticking with nickel round wounds.

    http://www.webstrings.com has cheap, decent strings. The last few sets I got I
    bought from Musician's Friend's clearance.

    Good luck

    -------------- the original questions this answer was to -------
    This is the message:

    I'm new to whole bass guitar thing. I use to play guitar but i swith to
    bass cause my friends I were going to start a band but we had no bass
    player. Well I've been playing bass since January and I havent change my
    strings. I dont know how to and what kind to buy. Like what type of gauge
    to use or what's the difference between long scale ,standard, medium, or
    short scale mean. I herd that ghs and enrie ball are good strings. Hope u
    can help me. tanx. oh and do u any websites that help me find info on this
    kind of stuf.