String Length

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by appler, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. appler

    appler Guest

    I play a Jay Turser JTB-134 short-scale hollowbody with a "trapeze" style tailpiece like the one below. I tried short scale Rotosound tapewound strings but they were a bit too short and the flexible wrapped part of the string sat in the nut. It may be unrelated but I experienced intonation problems (wavering pitches on sustained notes, for example) and some notes with no bottom on the E string while I used these. I changed to medium scale La Bella flats but they're too long and a bit of the string gets wrapped around the post. I read that this leaves the string prone to breakage.

    Which type of strings should I try next? I do not use roundwounds. Thank you for your help and advice.

  2. 62bass


    Apr 3, 2005
    Find out the scale length of the bass first. Some basses with those trapeze type tailpieces make it imperative to use a longer scale length. For example, my Ibanez Artcore. It's supposed to be for 34" scale strings. I use only Thomastic flatwounds, but on this bass because of the tailpiece, the E string comes up a bit short and the winding comes over the nut about 3/16". The solution was to get a razor knife and peel off a bit of the silk winding. Problem solved.
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