Move down a gauge for 35" Scale?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by bonga_rascal, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. bonga_rascal


    Sep 9, 2010

    So I am comfortable with 45-130 and 45-105 on a standard 34" scale bass.

    Now, if I want to put the string on a 35" scale bass, should I go down a gauge?

    Like, go 40-125 or something like that?

    For those who have done this, how good is the low B when using a 120 or 125 on a 35" scale bass.

    Btw, the strings I'm talking about are DR Nickel Lo-Riders.

  2. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    I play a .136 gauge B on a 35 inch scale. :)
  3. bonga_rascal


    Sep 9, 2010
    That string's gotta be taut as $%%@
  4. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    It's not bad at all. Feels great and balances better with the .45-.105 set. I've never been truly happy until I tried the GHS .136 B string.
  5. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    Try it and see if you like it.

    Sometimes on my 5 string Ricks I use a lighter guage strings and the Ricks are 33 1/4" and it works fine. Part of the trink of using lighter strings is to flatten out the neck more.
  6. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    A .135 B string has about the same tension as a .100 E string, so not as taught as you might think.

    I personally don't like anything less than .135 on my 35" scale basses. I wish DR would step it up and make some .135 nickels, that's the only reason I don't use DR on my 5 strings.
    So that means a .130...the biggest string DR can make in nickel..feels about like a .095 or .090 but the 35" scale will tighten it up some.

    The thing to do would be to get a lighter gauge 4 string set, then get a single heavier B. Or, build your own set:
  7. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Id say no. Having owned 35 scale esp ltd F-154dx. At most is a tiny tiny bit tighter feel when strng on top rather then thru body for bridge. When done thru body is tigher feel but not gauge higher amount. Still, I preferred top load for strings.
  8. dedpool1052


    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    IME, i only notice a difference in feel on the higher strings (D,G)
    i did change from a 45-125 set of DR hibeams to a 40-120 set. had to raise the B & E a bit due to too much buzzing. personally, i prefer lighter guages as it's easier on my hands and allows me to play quicker.
  9. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2002
    Owner; Knuckle Guitar Works & Circle K Strings
    The difference is a quarter tone, and about 2 pounds each way - you'll lose 2 pounds of tension or so going to a .130 on a 35" or gain 2 pounds with the extra scale length.

    I suggest keeping the gauge the same - the extra tension is minimal and will yield (a little) more clarity.