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strings for short scale bass

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by bkeary, Oct 5, 2004.


  1. bkeary

    bkeary

    May 26, 2004
    I'm working on a shortscale (25.5") bass and was wondering what guage strings to use. I could go with 52/42/30/20 guitar strings but I was wondering if I could go heavier.
    thanks, Bill
     
  2. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Wow that is short! What bass is it? Without knowing anything about the bass, can't really say how heavy you can go.

    If you are worried about the neck, you might want to look at baritone guitar strings and see what range they use (although they will be 6 strings). The heavy strings for a baritone should be safe.
     
  3. bkeary

    bkeary

    May 26, 2004
    It's a copy of the Mezzaluna picolo bass. I was looking for a small lightwieght jam-type bass, so I decided to build one.
     
  4. kearney

    kearney

    Jul 5, 2004
    i have a gretsch electromatic bass, its a JR, Daddario makes special short scale medium gauge roundwounds, i got some the other day
     
  5. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    That's pretty cool! I think you would be safe with light guage bass strings.