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never changed bass strings before, help!

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by bushy, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. bushy


    Mar 8, 2018
    may you all suggest to me what bass strings should I get? I have the Ibanez Mikro bass guitar (short scale). I thought I saw that there was a specific strings for these short scale basses, but can't find it in the stores. The Guitar Center salesman told me he has never really seen one of those so I guess I'll buy a regular string and just cut it?

    I play rock and metal so anything specific at all? Is it usually "harder" strings like I would choose for my guitars as well or is it different for bass guitars?

    MYLOWFREQ Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    New York
    Generally speaking, round wound strings either nickel or stainless is preferred by the most rock/metal players, but there's no rule. I've never used a short scale bass though..
  3. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
  4. hotbass57


    Nov 27, 2011
    I used medium scale on my Hofner which is short scale. They worked just fine. Steel strings generally brighter tone, with nickel strings less brighter and easier feeling on fingers.
  5. Nebula24


    Nov 23, 2017
    Norman, OK
    Probably have to order online. None of my local stores carry short scale bass strings.
  6. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
  7. 2strings2frets

    2strings2frets Supporting Member

    Oct 30, 2017
    Look on the rack for D’Addario nickel wound EXL220S I just put a set on my mikro ,they fit and play fine. Don’t cut a string on the thick part it will come apart. Do what you will with the dweeb salesman.

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