String Length & Silk

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Pickslide, Dec 3, 2005.

  1. Pickslide


    Oct 29, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    I decided to try a set of flats, bought a set of D'Addario ECB81. The bass is 34" scale, & with the old set of Fender strings on it, the start of the silk on the head end of the strings was well past the nut. With these ECB81 strings, the silk starts about 1/4" beyond the nut on the fretboard side. Will this matter as far as play-ability, tuning, intonation, etc.?

  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Yes. The silk should always clear the nut. Sounds like you may have gotten a medium or short scale set by mistake.
  3. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2002
    Owner; Knuckle Guitar Works & Circle K Strings
    If you put a drop of superglue 1/4" beyond the nut toward the tuner you can cut/burn the silk away and use the strings you bought. $.02
  4. info


    Nov 24, 2005
    over yonder
    I just bought a set of ECB81's for my American made Fender P-bass (fretless though body). I haven't opened the pack yet. Does anyone know if these will be too short? Thanks.