When I bought my Hofner last spring, I went out looking for some good flats to put on it. Guy in the music store told me I've got to put special short scale strings on it - long scale strings will break off if I cut them down and wind them onto the tuning pegs. OK - having no experience with shorties it made sense. Now I just scored a Fender Japan "smart size" J bass - scale is about 29.5 inches - almost too small for me, but it's a niece piece and sounds good. I had a new set of GHS Brite Flats for 34'' hanging around here so I decided to put them on the new JJ - I had to cut down the E and A strings past all the silk winding, because with that little Fender neck and the tuning pegs down so far there was way too much string to handle. Anyhow, I got it strung up and it sounds great and I don't see any cracking or breakage in the strings. Is this going to screw me up at some point? Will those strings damage the bass? They are 49-108. I have heavier gauge LaBella Beatle Flats on my Hofner. Are they going to shatter one day in the middle of a session and send pieces of metal flying around the room? Or was that guy in the store just trying to unload his stock of short scale strings?