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String Thing

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by slapnuts, Sep 11, 2005.

  1. slapnuts


    Aug 9, 2005
    Marietta, GA
    Does anyone know if you can restring an electric bass with upright bass strings and be able to use a bow?

    To any moderators, sry but I posted in the wrong section before.
  2. Le Basseur

    Le Basseur

    Mar 26, 2002
    Don't. :scowl:
    A double-bass string is significantly longer than an electric bass one,meaning that if you'd try that,you'd have to cut the DB string ALOT shorter.Even if strung up on an EB,a DB string set will warp tremendously your neck and the intonation will be waay too out-of-tune.
    A DB bow's use on an EB is also weird unless you have a radiused bridge,or else you'll get only double-stops or triple-stops at the best.
    Take care,
    Le Basseur
  3. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    If you want to experiment with a bow, you could probably just use a flatwound EBG string as easily as you could use a DB string. A DB string is basically a big, flatwound string.

    Although, DB strings, especially strings designed for arco (with a bow) players, have dampening materials in them to help reduce the harsh overtones sometimes created when bowing. DB strings designed for 1/4 basses might fit a bass guitar, although the typical string length (think "scale") of even a 1/4 bass is in the 38-39" range. Also, the string of a viol family instrument has to account for the afterlength, that is that length of string from the bridge to the tail piece. On a 3/4 bass, that may be as much as 6 inches.

    Unlike EBG strings, you typically do not trim DB strings. You just wind the whole string on the post. Also, DB strings are designed to be string on a very particular sized bass. As you can imagine, the thickness and stiffness of a DB string would make it difficult to wrap around a post. So, the string is designed so the fat part of the string never reaches the post. (some EBG strings are like this as well) If you wrap a DB string past the silks so that the string itself starts winding, they are very susceptible to breaking. At $150 a set, this is a bad thing.

    All that being said, you'll really struggle to bow a bass guitar. Not only is there no radius to allow you to isolate the bow on one string, there is also no bridge stand at all. You'll ever get the bow to clear the waist of the bass.

    The bridge stand on a DB is about 6" or more, depending on the bass.
  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    What's going on here - I already answered this in exactly the same way yesterday or the day before!!?? :meh:

    What is the point!! :rolleyes:
  5. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA

    Oops. It looks like the string starter double posted. I think his admonishment should be derived from is username.