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Medium Scale Bass + String-Thru Bridge

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by selowitch, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. selowitch

    selowitch Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    If you install a string-through bridge on a medium-scale (32") bass, does that enable you to use regular long-scale strings (34") on that bass?
  2. TGLbass


    Aug 20, 2010
  3. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Usually not, but it depends on the specific bass and strings. Not all medium-scale basses are exactly 32", and not all long-scale strings have the silk winding starting at the same point. Also different medium-scale basses are designed with different amounts of string length from nut to tuners and/or from bridge saddles to ball anchors.

    Generally, string-through on a Fender-style bass will only take up maybe an extra 1/2" to 3/4" of string.
  4. selowitch

    selowitch Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    Excellent answer. Thanks!

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