I need loooong strings!

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Fatang, Nov 29, 2001.

  1. Fatang


    Nov 29, 2001
    I have a 35" scale 6 string bass that also has a pass through bridge. I am having a hard time finding strings that are long enough to go through the body. I think Ken Smith makes some 40" strings but not for a 6 string.
    Any thoughts?:confused:
  2. I use Elixirs 5st extra long/soft with a DR nickel .28 high C. My bass is a hair over 35" but I think they will still be long enough for you. I get mine at juststrings.com. There a little pricey but will last.


    If the world didn`t suck we would all fall off:p
  3. stingray96191


    Jul 27, 2001
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Unofficially Endorsing Ernie Ball Music Man Guitars
    MOdulus strings come in long scale gauges. They are actually made for 35 in scale basses. But they are kind of hard to find.

    you can order them from
  4. I have a new (to me) Lakland 5 - it's a 35" string-through bass.

    DR's website says stainless Hi-Beams and stainless Lo-Riders fit basses with up to a 37 3/4" scale. I don't know about their nickel sets but I can't see them making different length long-scale strings. I've never tried them on a long-scale neck-through, but Lakland sells Hi-Beams through Lakland Direct ;)

    juststrings.com ought to be able to hook you up.

    Lakland's strings are made by GHS and I live about four miles from the factory - Dave Holcomb (he's the "H") plays banjo in a local Dixieland band here. He's a hell of a nice guy but don't care much for his strings.

    I just bought a couple sets of stainless strings from Lakland - but am partial to Lo-Riders. Now that I know this the next set that goes on my Lakie will probably be DR strings.

    There are a few folks here who have 35" string-through basses. Maybe a Lakland or BTB player or someone else can chime in here? I'd really like to know what string choices we have, too.

    thanks -

  5. gweimer


    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    I believe that both GHS and D'Addario make some extra-long scale sets.
  6. LennyJ

    LennyJ Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Acworth, Georgia
    Hey - on the string issue, it was posted to use
    Modulus strings. Yes they are longer and it is easy to find them when you know what to look for.

    They are made for Modulus by D'Addario and they are Long scale EXL170 for 4 and EXL170-5SL for 5's

    But many string companies make long scale strings, just get on the net and search the companies.

    D'Addario, DR, GHS and even Fender

    Good Luck . . . . . .
  7. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Peavey's Cirrus strings are extra long scale. They worked fine with my 35" scale string-thru Millenium Plus.
  8. I did manage to get stainless Lo-Riders on my Lakland (35" string-through). The taper on the B string starts about 1/8" past the nut with the string tuned to pitch.

    They went on pretty easy and sound about like I figured they would - solid bottom with some snap in the midrange and high end. The official Lakland strings from Lakland Direct stayed on my bass less than 24 hours. They'll make good spares, I guess. Tuned them up, didn't like them and ordered a set of Lo-Riders from juststrings.

    I think Ryan's right - Cirrus strings will probably also fit but the only set I have is on my Cirrus so I can't measure them. They are pretty nice strings, though.