All Rights Reserved. In the late-1970s and early 1980s, Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads brought short-scales back into the limelight.
So, why didn’t short-scale basses catch on like their 34″ cousins?
So many questions. Scott. I agree with Scott says here – especially regarding the SS Roto’s – but I do use their long-scale 88’s on my Fender P and love them.
SIT PSR550130L Power Steel Roundwound 5-String Bass, Medium 50-130. String choice is of course a very personal thing and these are only my personal opinions…. I’d order medium scale sets to be safe (you still need the extra length for through body stringing too). But, even with those strings, a short-scale bass retains its dark tone but with a more focused low-end thump. Bass strings on a short-scale are under less tension that on a long scale so if you’re used to using say 40-95 on a long scale, you may need to go up a gauge to 45-100 to get the tension back to where you like it. With over 28,000 articles and counting, inSync is your FREE resource for breaking news, reviews, demos, interviews, and more. I’m working with a local supplier to have stock of them very soon.
I’ve also tried their piccolo bass strings on my short scales which are fabulous. just enough ‘grit’ in there when playing finger-style or with a pick, but switch to slapping/tapping techniques and there’s all the sparkle you could wish for. – I’d love to think the Thomastik flats would work, but will they fit? DBFS45105M .
m). These come to mind: a D'Addario XL short scale set, which is about .50-.105.
DBFS45105. If you like Rotosound strings then my advice would be to try using long scale Rotosounds a gauge higher than you’d use on long scale and cutting them down about an inch from where the silk wrapping starts. . Talk to any bass player at Sweetwater and they’ll happily chat your ear off about the awesomeness of short-scale basses! RARE™ - Phosphor Bronze Bass Guitar Strings. .065-.115 Black Nylon Tapewound Short Scale Bass Strings $34.99. They have a bright sound, and the light gauge works for my daughter's Ibanez Micro bass. I been using them and have been happy. The compact fingerboard is great for speedy, note-filled bass lines.
This is easily demonstrated on any stringed instrument. In the context of guitars, bass guitars, and other string instruments, scale length refers to the distance between the bridge and the nut, not the length of the neck.
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D'Addario ENR71S Half Round Bass Guitar Strings, Regular Light, 45-100, Short Scale. D’Addario’s flatwound strings are equally fabulous, although for some they sound a little bright and they are slightly higher in tension.
Supporting Members list unlimited gear with no listing fees in the Classifieds, get instant Keyword Alerts, and get Free Shipping at the TalkBass Store. I do indeed have plans for a 5 string, in fact the plans will be going off to the factory to have the first sample built within a day or two. Another one to try from GHS is their Balanced Nickels. A Hondo Alien from the mid ’80s (this is a headless “paddle” bass with aluminum neck – a copy of the Kramer Duke) superb sustain, but it doesn’t give you a really deep sound; a Jack & Danny bass, a model made as a sample for the Musikmesse Frankfurt which is not officially sold in Germany (yes, this is my main instrument), and a Career bass I bought used as a backup for only 30,– €, this one sounds good but is not as good to play as the others.
I believe most of the prejudice towards short scale basses comes from the 40-90 sets they usually come with. Fender Web Design by Numinix, SIT FN45105L Foundations Nickel MLT Electric Bass Strings, 45-105.
Short-scale basses possess a super-fat sound, are incredibly comfortable to play, and can inject a matchless character and energy into your playing. STAINLESS STEEL FLATWOUND SHORT SCALE BASS STRINGS 40-120.
I understand that looser strings is one of the compromises you face in a 30" scale. But since GHS came up with their balanced set of 44-106 I’ve been using them exclusively. https://www.amazon.co.uk/GHS-5500-44-Regular-Medium/dp/B002NLW4HG. I tried contacting Brian about a year ago. Many thanks, Baz Miller. got a set of 77s that I couldn't even put into concert tuning on the mustang (e string had no definition until tuned up to f#)... (the rotosounds worked fine on a jazz though... they just suck for short-scale). . Choosing the right strings is CRUCIAL to getting a good result from your short scale bass! Stay In Tune NR45105L 4-String Medium Power Wound Nickel Bass, Jim Dunlop Flatwound Short Scale 45/125 Medium 5/SET Bass Guitar Strings (DBFS45125S), D'Addario EXL160BT Nickel Wound Bass Guitar Strings, Balanced Tension Medium, 50-120, GHS Strings, 5-String Bass Precision Flats, Stainless Steel Flatwound, 37.25" Winding, Medium (.045.126) (M3050-5), Fender 7250 Nickel-Plated Steel Roundwound Bass Strings, D'Addario EXPPBB190GS Phosphor Bronze Coated Acoustic Bass Strings, Taylor GS Mini Scale, 37-90, La Bella 0760M Original 1954 Flat Wound Stainless Steel 52-110, Perfectly Balanced Sets, Heavy Tension - Perfect for Professional Bass Players, Dunlop DBS60120 Stainless Steel Bass Strings, Extra Heavy, .060–.120, 4 Strings/Set, Ernie Ball Earthwood Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass Set .045 - .095, Rotosound RS77S Monel Flatwound Short-Scale Bass Guitar Strings (40 50 75 90), Ernie Ball 6-string Slinky Nickel Wound Short Scale Bass Set with small ball ends, .020w - .090, DR Strings HI-DEF NEON Bass Guitar Strings (NMCB-45), Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky Nickel Wound Bass Set, .045 - .105, Jim Dunlop Flatwound Scale 45/105 Medium 4/Set Bass Guitar Strings (DBFS45105M), Ernie Ball Super Slinky Nickel Round Wound Bass Set, .045 - .100, DR Strings Bass Strings, Black Beauties BASS Black Coated Nickel Plated Bass Guitar Strings on Round Core, SIT Strings S.I.T.
The E played on the 12th fret of the low E string is darker than the E played on the A string, which is due to the shorter length of string resonating in that position. A round core increases string flexibility to produce an unsurpassed feel. Due to ill health I’d hardly played for a long time. DBFS40120S. What a difference in tone.
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