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What string size for Hagstrom Viking Reissue?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by 83_Silberpfeil, Mar 31, 2013.


  1. 83_Silberpfeil

    83_Silberpfeil

    Aug 15, 2011
    I am due to receive shipment of a Hagstrom Viking Reissue bass. It is a 30" short scale. What size strings to use?

    I've heard that due to the trapeze tailpiece, that regular 'long scale' strings are the ones to use.

    Can anyone with experience/ownership confirm this?

    Thanks!
     
  2. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
  3. 83_Silberpfeil

    83_Silberpfeil

    Aug 15, 2011
    Thanks a bunch Slapin!!
    Very helpful link. Once the bass arrives I will measure lengths and post here.
     
  4. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    Thinking of it I might have the specs in my office.

    Definitely need longer than short scale though.
     
  5. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    Thinking the situation may be similar to that with Hofners and other basses with tailpieces. You may need to purchase medium scale (32") strings to account for the extra length from bridge to tailpiece. In any case, it's always best to measure first!
     
  6. 83_Silberpfeil

    83_Silberpfeil

    Aug 15, 2011
    Here are measurements ...

    On the E string...

    Saddle to Nut = 31 inches
    Saddle to middle of tuning post = 33.5 inches
    Saddle to string ball end (at tailpiece) = 3.25 inches
    Ball end to middle of tuning post = 36.75 inches

    So, do I just get the regular long scale strings?

    Thanks!


     
  7. MrUsefulAlien

    MrUsefulAlien

    Jun 10, 2011
    Prague, CZ
    reviving a zombie thread, but was the conclusion? I just got a viking bass and wondering which size strings I should get. Thinking about Labella deep talkin flats, any other recommendations?
     

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