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Short scale B string?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by rxtech, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. rxtech


    Jul 31, 2006
    Does such a beast exist for a 30" scale bass?
  2. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2002
    Owner; Knuckle Guitar Works & Circle K Strings
    Perplexing indeed - to have an E string at normal tension you'd be looking at a standard B string gauge. Stands to reason that if you want reasonable tension for a short scale B then a gauge appropriate for F# might be the solution.

    I haven't done the math, so don't beat me up for the suggestion (though I have done the math for good tension for E on a 30" scale).
  3. D'Addario has stuff up to a .145, but a low F# might be a decent choice. You might also run into problems if the bridge can't accept such a thick string AND problems with the tuning peg having problems with fitting the wide diameter.
  4. rxtech


    Jul 31, 2006
    Do you mean that the string would be tuned to F# so that the tension would be best?
  5. They mean if you took the string you'd use for F# on a normal scale bass but tuned it up to B on a short scale, it would probably be appropriate.

    Although I don't think there would be any problem with a .130 or probably even less, assuming you use lighter guages for the other strings too.
  6. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Birdsong makes a great shortscale 5er. Check out their website.

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