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Short scale basses.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by carlos_07, Nov 17, 2005.


  1. So, ummm.....If I have a short (30.5") scale bass, should I buy special strings?

    I changed the ones I got with the bass for Rotosound Nickel 40's, and it hasn't reall been the same since!
     
  2. Yes.

    I use .050 - .105 (EXL 160s from D'Addario) on my Epi Rivoli. Works better. Short scales are very sensitive to tension changes. Or at least mine is!
     
  3. A9X

    A9X

    Dec 27, 2003
    Sinny, Oztraya
    I use DR or Ken Smith shortscales on my 30.75" Alembics, and on my shortie 'ho' bass.
     
  4. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Having just picked up a Gretsch Broadkaster, I'm interested in hearing y'all's recommendations for short scale strings.

    Tom.
     
  5. I don't know if you've intonated your bass after you've changed your strings? Do that too..
     
  6. Yggdrasil

    Yggdrasil

    Aug 16, 2001
    Toronto/Buffalo
    I have Dean Markley Blue Steels on mine - there's slight non-silk wrap on the E, and a bit more on the G; otherwise none.

    The bass came to me with these - I promptly removed them and put on one of my favourite strings - TI Jazz Flats - but put the Markleys back on - they suit this bass - may for the same reason Casady prefers them on his Sig.

    It's the only short scale I have that does NOT have short scale strings on it.

    I have a number of short scale basses - the string selection I use on each one is on my basses page.

    My Basses
     
  7. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Thanks for the info! I tend to like Blue Steels, so maybe I'll give them a try.
     
  8. eots

    eots

    Dec 18, 2004
    Morris, IL.
    I use Fender 5250's on my Mustang. I think they're 40-95. Can't remember, but I know it doesn't like bigger ones on it.