Edit: Well, let me preface this. It was a mixture of an uninformed sales person and my in experience in buying strings for this particular bass.. I've been looking for new strings for my Schecter California Custom 4 (jazz copy). The problem is, its 35in scale. It orginally have Elixirs on them (.45-.105).. Well, I didnt feel like spending the $$ on Elixirs so I asked the guy for a different set. He sold me D'Addario Nickelwounds (.45-.105) long scales. I've played D'Addarios before so I felt comfortable with them and, since he said they were long scale, believed they would fit. Well, I bring them home and the taper on the E string is halfway through the F and ends on the F#. Its no where close to as long as it needs to be. Granted, the strings are strung through the body. I clipped the end off of the E string though So, I have two options. First of all, will they let me exchange the strings for something else even through the E string was clipped?? Or, should I just not string them through the body and just directly through the bridge, hope they are long enough, and keep the set?? Any help?