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Piccolo strings/bass

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Step, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. Step


    Feb 20, 2008
    I already searched the board for this, and didn't find a suitable answer.

    what strings do i need to string my bass with to make it a piccolo bass?

    if it's tuned one octave higher, would guitar strings do?

    and, can i string a fender Precision bass with these higher strings, and get a suitable tone

    thx in advance, and I hope i'm not too vague
  2. there are commercial packages of piccolo strings available.

    they will work on your fender.

  3. lug


    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Not sure if gui**** strings are long enough. I use them on my piccolo but it's a 30" scale bass. It would be pretty cheap to try, though. :D
  4. Marcus Willett

    Marcus Willett

    Feb 8, 2005
    Palm Bay, FL
    Endorsing Artist: Bag End - Dean Markley - Thunderfunk
    Very unlikely guitar strings will work. I use La Bella piccolo strings (Hard Rockin' Steel...kinda funny) with good results.
  5. Step


    Feb 20, 2008
    thanks for all the replies, I will check out the strings :D
  6. cloren


    Nov 15, 2007
    san francisco
    I have piccolo strings on my fretless sterling right now and it sounds sweet- i bought my set from juststrings.com I think- but zonguitars.com sells a set as well. guitar strings won't work is my best guess because the scale length won't work on a standard length bass.

    you can hear it on my page: myspace.com/calmdownjohn

    check out the song 'nintendo power' - it sounds very much like a fretless guitar.

    wacky stuff
  7. I loved "Nintendo Power"

    super sick
  8. Guitar strings work quite well on short scale basses but as you have suggested too short for most basses. I also use the Labella hard rocking steel's....wish Labella would make a set in flats

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