OK so sorta long story. In addition to my 'proper' instrument I have 2 short scalers, a vintage Mosrite Ventures and a minty clean funky 70's Japanese Epiphone ET-280. (Motto: "I don't always play short scale, but when I do its an oddball kitschy hipster instrument") When I quit a band years back (classic 'band angst' scenario...) out of good will I loaned the Mosrite back to the band as they tried to get a guy play well enough to gig while trying to find a better player. In the end I think that idea (duh) failed spectacularly (related to the other thread going on now it was obviously predicated on the idea "hell, ANYBODY can play bass!"). I got it back after a while and stuffed it in the closet.... Well turns out seems that I didn't really look at the thing for years. Seems they restrung it BITD with new short scale strings, but, too short for the scale of the instrument, and they cross the nut before / around the taper winds. I'm about to restore that bass, but the strings are actually nice - some kind of half-rounds that have a nice tone on the short scale. Any reason I shouldn't toss them on the Epi instead? The thing was probably hardly played at all with them, and strings LOOK perfectly fine (no sign of separation or unraveling or anything).