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Short Scale string question.

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Hopkins, Oct 2, 2013.


  1. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I about to wrap up a 30" scale build, and I noticed something that I think is strange about the short scale string sets on the market.

    Shorter scale instruments have less string tension than a longer scale instrument, so it would seem logical that a short scale string set would be a higher gauge. But for some reason most sets are .040 to .100 gauge, and at least in DR's case only available in a round core which is lower tension than hex core strings. This seems like it would cause a pretty floppy E string.

    So my question is, why are most short scale sets smaller gauge low tension sets? Also, does any one know of hex core, stainless short scale set with a gauge close to .055-.110?

    Thanks
    Paul
     
  2. dralionux

    dralionux

    Feb 3, 2009
    Savannah, GA
  3. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
  4. honestjohnny

    honestjohnny

    Nov 24, 2006
    Can you string through the body? I do this with my 30" shorties and have no problem using regular length higher gauge strings. I have a .110 E string.
     
  5. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    The DR stainless Lo Riders I usually use are still to long through the body.
     
  6. BenVoiles

    BenVoiles

    Oct 12, 2013
    I've often wondered the same thing. It seems like short scale strings would be thicker.
     

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