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Help Please- Extended E length info

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by Dr Rod, May 1, 2009.


  1. Dr Rod

    Dr Rod

    Aug 19, 2005
    Hi guys

    I am wondering if anybody could do me a favor and take an extended E string, any brand, and measure its length for me, not the vibrating length, but its overall length from ball to end.

    Thanks so much


    Rod


    PS: for those of you that wonder what I am up to, I am getting an extension on my bass and would like to fit it with a Spiro Stark E, but they don't make the extended E. So instead of paying major $$ to have it made to order, I am trying to find out if I can elongate a regular E string from the bottom. I use a wire tailpiece so I could extend the E string wire and take off the red silk at the bottom of the string thus gaining maybe 5 or 6 inches. The ball end would be very near the bridge.
     
  2. thewhale

    thewhale

    Feb 28, 2008
    north carolina
    half inch under 7 ft
     
  3. Mike C

    Mike C

    Mar 11, 2006
    Victoria BC
    I measure it to be about 82 inches/209 cm
     
  4. Dr Rod

    Dr Rod

    Aug 19, 2005
    thanks guys
     
  5. Dr Rod

    Dr Rod

    Aug 19, 2005
    with the wire extension at the bottom I may reach around 200 cm, so I might be able to pull it off, but there won't be much excess to wrap around the peg. My bass has a small string length which gives me a couple extra inches to play with.

    Strings are usually made overly long to be on the safe side. I will know in about 10 days whether it works or not.


    Thanks again


    Rod
     
  6. thewhale

    thewhale

    Feb 28, 2008
    north carolina
    why not use a different brand for the E/C?
     
  7. Dr Rod

    Dr Rod

    Aug 19, 2005
    different brand=different sound
     
  8. Co.

    Co.

    Sep 10, 2006
    Germany
    Thomastik makes the Extension strings with higher tension, than the regular E, so a Weich E/C has almost the tension of a Mittel E and a Mittel E has almost the tension of a Stark E. In fact the tension of the E/C is the same as the tension of the low B in the same set.
     
  9. Dr Rod

    Dr Rod

    Aug 19, 2005
    Thanks I was aware of that fact, but is the gauge similar to the Stark E ?
     
  10. Dr Rod

    Dr Rod

    Aug 19, 2005
    It didn't work.

    Thanks for your help.-
     
  11. thewhale

    thewhale

    Feb 28, 2008
    north carolina
    My favorite at the moment is the Permanent C. It takes forever to get broken in, about 3 weeks, and is a bit harsh especially in comparison to the Flexi Originals on my other strings, but it responds well and doesn't roll under your fingers. Just a suggestion
     
  12. Dr Rod

    Dr Rod

    Aug 19, 2005
    thanks, that is certainly in my list of strings to try.

    I have had several 5 string basses, but I haven't had an extension since 1991 so I need to explore my possibilities.


    If anyone is interested in selling, giving or trading old extended E strings, please PM me.
     
  13. anonymous12251111

    anonymous12251111 Banned

    Apr 6, 2007
    Save up your money for a fiver Rod.
     
  14. Dr Rod

    Dr Rod

    Aug 19, 2005
    I'm gonna build one.
     

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