Guts or bowable Gut-like for 1/4 Scale

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by BarfanyShart, Nov 27, 2022.

  1. BarfanyShart


    Sep 19, 2019
    DC Metro
    I'm wanting to do some slap stuff on the family 1/4 scale bass, but I still want it to be bowable for the kids. The best option I can find for a fractional bass is Corelli medium set (which isn't going to be as loud as I want). Anything else I should be looking at? Options I'm not aware of that can work?
  2. Corellis are not gut nor gut-like by the way.
    And with a 1/4 scale bass, I'm not expecting it to be loud, honestly.
    There is not a lot of choice for 1/4 basses anyway.
    That said, my suggestion would be Obligatos.
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  3. dhergert

    dhergert Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    Blue Zone, California
    I'd suggest spending some time researching strings at Gollihur Music's Strings web section 1/4 size limits the string selections significantly, but if they're available Gollihur can point you to them. Might even want to give him a call and discuss the situation.

    Volume is a whole separate issue, with 1/4 size it's going to be difficult acoustically to move as much air, no matter what strings you find. Some folks are using Spiro Solos at concert pitch for slapping, and also SuperFlexible Solos at concert pitch, but I don't know if they're available for 1/4 size.

    Are you considering amplification?
  4. BarfanyShart


    Sep 19, 2019
    DC Metro
    The Obligatos seem like the best bet, I didn't realize they came in fractional sizes - I've been wanting to try them for a while on my EUB. As far as volume, I'm really just jamming with my kids and the occasional musician friend at the house - I don't need to blow the roof of the farmers' market, unamplified.
  5. AGCurry

    AGCurry Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    St. Louis
    If you're ready for guts, I'll bet you could call Dan Larsen at Gamut, and he would fix you up. Not cheap, though.
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