This is a spinoff thread from a discussion that popped in an SX thread. A lot of times we hear about the ever-elusive super B string. How Fenders have poor ones, Sadowskies have great ones, and all the other builders are able to make great or floppy B strings. Whenever the issue of what makes a good B string a good B string comes up, the stock answer seems to be "construction". This logic escapes me. It seems to me that the only real change of B string "feel" and "sound" would come from the characteristics of the string itself, not the bass construction. With the string we can talk about tapered and non-tapered, gauge, and scale length. Aside from scale length, I can't imagine what magic is happening from one builder to another. Let's take an example of the omnipresent-on-Talkbass Sadowksy to the also-omnipresent-on-Talkbass SX bass. If you have a five string version of each, both of which are 34" scale, where would the difference in B-string feel and sound come from? They're made from the same woods and therefore have roughly the same weight/density, (alder or ash bodies, maple necks) are mounted with the same two points an equal distance apart (metal at the bridge in both cases, bone or synthetic material at the nut), and have necks and bodies that are attached in the same manner (four bolts and a neck plate). In this case, where does the magic come from? Fenders are also constructed in the same way, but everyone writes off their B-strings, even people who have never played them! I hope I don't sound too combative here. I'm really just curious. I'm currently of the opinion that B-string "feel and quality" comes from the string itself alone. I hope somebody can convince me otherwise.