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Thomastik Jazz strings on a Modulus

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Davo737, Feb 18, 2002.


  1. Davo737

    Davo737

    Feb 29, 2000
    Syracuse, NY
    Hey all,

    I know people have asked about this in the past, but I've never seen anyone talk about the results. Will Thomastik Jazz Bass round wounds fit on a Modulus Q5? And if they do, since they're designed for 34'' scale basses, will that significantly increase the tension? Hopefully not, since their low tension is what makes them appealing. Thanks for the help.

    Regards,
    Davo
     
  2. camoe

    camoe

    Sep 7, 2001
    Lafayette, CO
    Yes, they do fit a Q5...barely...but they do fit. The extra scale length does not increase the tension much at all...as a matter of fact I wish it would be a little higher. Great strings for a vintage sound.

    Peace
     
  3. Thomguy

    Thomguy

    Oct 15, 2001
    New York, USA
    To be absolutely sure that the Thom's will fit on a 35"+ scale bass, you'll need to measure from where the ball anchors, up to the nut on your bass. From there you can tell if they'll fit based on the following measurements. Here are the measurements of all of the 34" scale strings: (The JR's are almost identical in length)

    Total overall length:

    C= 47.88"
    G= 47.38"
    D= 47.88"
    A= 48.00"
    E= 49.88"
    B= 48.38"

    From ball end to the start of the silk wrap at peg head end:

    C=37.26"
    G=37.63"
    D=37.38"
    A=37.50"
    E=37.75"
    B=36.88"

    There's about 3/4 of an inch of silk at the ball end and over a foot of silk wrap at the top. In a pinch, you can shave off about 3/4" to 1" of silk at the top before the first taper starts.

    Add approx. 2 inches to the vibrating length regarding the 36" scale set and minus 2 inches to for the 32" scale set. Of course currently those SKU's are only available in 4 string sets.

    I hope this helps. Feel free to call or email directly for further clarification or of course, post here.

    My best,
    Kevin Reynolds
    Connolly & Co.
    Exclusive Importers of Thomastik-Infeld Strings
    1-800-644-5268
    kevinr@connollyandco.com
     
  4. Davo737

    Davo737

    Feb 29, 2000
    Syracuse, NY
    Thanks Thomguy and camoe for the replies. It doesn't look as though its going to work w/out shaving any silk. I guess I'll just wait until a 36" set is available for 5 strings (will that be any time soon?).
     
  5. camoe

    camoe

    Sep 7, 2001
    Lafayette, CO
    Wait a minute, what did I miss here? Really, they do fit a Q5...I'm looking at my Q5 right now with the TI Jazz Roundwounds and I didn't cut any silk. I regulary change with the TI's on a bi-monthly basis and they always just fit with no silk cutting. Unless your Q5's bridge is placed differently it will fit...and I'll put Thomguy's reputation on that...JOKING...;-)

    Peace Out
     
  6. Davo737

    Davo737

    Feb 29, 2000
    Syracuse, NY
    Hmmm......I measured, and according to Thomguy's specs, they wouldn't fit. I guess I'll have to try to convince the dude at GC to let me take one of the strings out and see for myself. Thanks again.

    Regards,
    Davo
     
  7. Davo737

    Davo737

    Feb 29, 2000
    Syracuse, NY
    One more quick question for camoe, or anyone else who may know this: does a very low tension b-string adversely affect the ability to have a 'tight sounding' b-string? To word it another way, will the TI low b sound any less tight and focused than, say, a D'Addario XL b-string? Thanks again.

    Regards,
    Davo
     
  8. camoe

    camoe

    Sep 7, 2001
    Lafayette, CO
    No loss of focus in my opinion. The TI B string sounds very balanced with the other strings but keep in mind that all the TI jazz strings give warm and deeply fundamental tones but focused. I actually use a either TI Powerbass or Maxima Golds for a tighter punchier tone (albeit less fundamental) for hard rock and metal songs as those tones are more agressive and jump out better for those 16th note triplets at 144 bpm. But for a bluesy or jazz vintage sound, nothing compares as long as the tension does not bother you. Light touch and high gain are the key for me to play the TI jazz decently (at least the guitar players aren't bitching...too much..;-)

    Peace