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ghs progressive question

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Jason42, May 10, 2019.


  1. Jason42

    Jason42

    Jun 8, 2018
    Tobes of Hades
    Exposed core and silk over the nut. Is this correct or do I have a defective e string?
    Thx
     

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  2. On a 4-string set, the E is supposed to be 36.5" in winding length (from ball end to silk) while the other three are 38".

    The exposed core looks like it should be (2").
     
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  3. Additional note...

    On a 5-string set, only the B string is at 36.5" while the other four are at 38". And both B and E are exposed cores.

    I recently ordered a 4-string set (L8000) along with a single 130B, resulting in both B and E being 36.5" in winding length.
     
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  4. trothwell

    trothwell

    Apr 9, 2008
    Are you stringing through-body? If so, is there a way to not do so?
     
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  5. Looking at the photo, they're definitely top-loaded. But looks like the ball end sits farther away from the saddle than "normal" due to this particular bridge design.
     
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  6. It shouldn't be a problem to cut off the last 1/8" of the silk (ie the part that's in the nut slot) using a sharp blade as the actual taper of the E string doesn't start till farther up.
     
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  7. No, it doesn't look like there is anything defective about the E string.
     
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  8. lz4005

    lz4005

    Oct 22, 2013
    The silk isn't past the edge of the nut. Unless it's so thick the string isn't touching the bottom of the nut slot, or is binding when you tune there is no issue.
     
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  9. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    This is normal...for GHS. Your E strings needs to be what they call 'Long Plus'. On 4 string sets, they package a shorter E string so they work on Fender style basses.
     
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  10. This is correct.

    The 101E (not 100) and the 106E (not 105E) are both 38" in winding length. They're part of their factory 5-string sets (5L8000 & 5M8000). Unfortunately, if you want either the 101E or the 106E for your 4-string bass, they need to be ordered as singles.
     
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  11. Jason42

    Jason42

    Jun 8, 2018
    Tobes of Hades
    Its the bridge on my Alembic Epic. No way to do it different
     
  12. Jason42

    Jason42

    Jun 8, 2018
    Tobes of Hades
    I love this forum. Not only answers, but additional info. Thank you bassists
     
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  13. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
  14. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    Here is the string winding length chart from FretNation, looks like they have a 'Universal Long Scale' that would work as well (scroll down to GHS). FretNation should also carry the singles if you want to replace the E.

    Edit..well links are not working in the forum for some reason.

    For now, go to Google and search for this:
    BASS STRING LENGTHS BY MANUFACTURER FRET NATION
     
  15. Most (not all) GHS strings do come in "universal long scale", which is 37.25" in winding length. The Progressives only come in either 36.5" or 38" at this point.

    You would have to ask @Jon Moody to find out if they have any plans to update the winding length for the Progressive to 37.25" in the near future or not.
     
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  16. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Progressives 2.0 are now available on the GHS web site. I have PM'ed Jon Moody for the tension specs.
    BASS PROGRESSIVES™ 2.0
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2020
  17. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    That is what Jack Casady did with Pyramids in the '60's so they would clear the nut of his Guild bass, until Pyramid made the winding length 1/2 inch longer.
     
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