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Stringing short-scale 4 like a 5

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by sbassett, Sep 9, 2000.


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  1. sbassett

    sbassett

    Apr 2, 2000
    I have a '68 Gibson EBO that I don't play as much as I did before I switched to an Ibanez 5-string as my main bass. With the jazz standards I play and the keys they are typically in, having the low B is very handy. I thought about experimenting with the EBO by stringing and tuning it like lowest 4 strings on a 5 (B-E-A-D). I have heard and read of others doing this successfully with older long- cale basses. My EBO has a 30" scale, so I obviously will need to use a standard long-scale low B (I have never seen short scale low B's). I don't see this alone as a real problem since I successfully use short-scale strings designed for 30" basses on my Supro Pocket Bass, which has a scale of about 26". In theory, the 4" scale difference should not be insurmountable. Has anyone tried this with a short-scale bass? What are the likely problems?

     
  2. GK Growl

    GK Growl Banned

    Dec 31, 2011
    You can't use a standard long scale B string. You would have to cut the string in the day part of the winding and there is no way that would wrap around the tuning post.
     
  3. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
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  4. I'd guess that in the last 18 years he's either figured it out or doesn't care any more. :smug:;)
     
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  5. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    HA! I didn't even see that. Why did @GK Growl respond after so long?
     
  6. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    Poor guy died at his computer waiting for a response. We're a cold bunch her at TB.
     
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  7. GK Growl

    GK Growl Banned

    Dec 31, 2011
    Because I feel bad for people being ignored. From time to time I'll dig up an old thread with no responses and give it one.
     
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