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String Lenght

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by semborg, May 3, 2005.

  1. I dont understand this, I have read alot here on the forums, but Still I do not understand.

    Why do I need different lenghts on different basses? (Why do they not make all strings Extra Long?)

    How do I know which lenght will suit my bass?

    Thank you :rolleyes:
  2. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    Different basses have different scale lengths. Scale length is the speaking length of the string, IE, from the nut to the bridge saddle.

    Most basses are 34" scale. Thats the standard, but there are many different ones, 30, 33, 34.5, 35, 36, 37, even a 39 for a Knuckle Bass. If you use tapered strings, then you need a longer string so that the taper clears everything it needs too and so you dont end up with silk winding past your nut and onto the fretboard.