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Is this wrong? (string length)

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by RiverFunk, Nov 6, 2002.

  1. D'Addario XLs sit like this in the neck of my 35" kingston bass:


    The B and E strings start to get thin before the nut, are these short for the 35" scale or is this normal? These two sound a little weaker than the others.. If they are short how can I know if another set of strings isn't too, before buying, any ideas?


  2. pookeymp


    Oct 16, 2002
    Hey Pedro,

    Are you using Long Scale or Super Long Scale D'Addario's? If you're using Long, you may want to try Super Long for the 35" Scale.

    I also use D'Addarios. I play a 34" Scale Alembic, but because the Alembic body is big, the strings travel a longer distance from the tail of the bass to the tuning pegs than on any of my other 34" basses...so even though I use a Long Scale set, my B string sits like you noted in your picture. I've noticed no difference in sound or playability, so I haven't moved up to the Super Long. But, if you feel this is an issue in your case, you may want to try that if you're not already using them.


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