TI's on 32" Aria TSB - Standard or 32"

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gully Foyle, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. Gully Foyle

    Gully Foyle

    Sep 28, 2014
    Near Boston
    Hey everyone,

    I've a 1980 Aria TSB400 on the way, and i've seen mention that the overall configuration of the bridge and tuners allow the use of standard 34" scale strings (or perhaps requires standard scale). Anyone have any thoughts? I want to order some TI's so that they arrive with the bass, and thus cannot directly measure. Also, the low tension of the TI's makes me wonder about potentially compromising the sound on a 32", but of course I'd hate to order 32" TI's and have them not fit.

    So, any thoughts, those out there with 32" arias who happen to have strung them with TI's? I realize this may be a set of value 0.

  2. I have short scale TIs on an Eastman Classic 4 with a 30" scale and they are just the right size, so my guess is that you need the medium scale for your new bass.
  3. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    TI's come in short/medium scale, long scale, and super long scale. You'll need the short/medium scale set.

    TI JF324

    But to be sure, you should measure from the bridge to the first tuning peg and ask Jason from bassstringsonline which set you'll need.
  4. Gully Foyle

    Gully Foyle

    Sep 28, 2014
    Near Boston
    this would be my first inclination, but ive also seen mention of the bridge on these old arias taking up more string length than might be standard, and also, length to tuner being more than might be standard, the way for instance that 30" strings don't fit on hofners (or so i am led to believe)
  5. I've always used standard 34"/longscale strings on mine - Picato, Rotosound, Ernie Ball & Hartke all fit without issue. .045 - .105 (although I used to use a .110 set back in the day).

    Popped the D string off my 1981 TSB-400 (2+2 headstock) & it comes in at 40" plus winding allowance, measured from the ball end. You need to make sure that the silks at the ball end are no longer than about 1 1/4" as that's roughly the gap between the end of the keyhole slot & the knife edge of the saddle.

    If yours is a 'droop snoot' 4-in line headstock you might be better off asking over on the Aria club thread: http://www.talkbass.com/threads/aria-aria-pro-ii-club-part-four.1009693/
  6. Gully Foyle

    Gully Foyle

    Sep 28, 2014
    Near Boston
    Mines 2+2, thanks Eric, all I needed to know