I’ve ordered a couple of sets of GHS strings since they made thier winding length longer. Hi Scott, I recently bought a passive bass and got some D’Addario EXL160S Short Scale Bass (50-105) – they are too short by about 2cm the taper comes to halfway to the first fret! Here in the UK the most commonly available sets os short scale strings are Rotosound’s RS66s 40-90 stainless steel roundwound & RS77s monel flatwound 40-90. I was so bewitched by this guitar that I spent my last money on it. All the best to you Scott. I’ve only personally tried Thomastik JF324 Jazz-flats. Hi Scott, Also put a set on my Supro and sound and feel really great but I might try to find something a little brighter for my current projects. or recommendation? Keep your eye on the blog, or maybe ‘like’ the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/shortscalebass/ to keep up to speed with it’s progress. Finally I have some time to catch up on here. Extra long scale is longer than 34”. If the speaking length of the string is wound around the post, the string may then be prone to breakage. Baby steps is the way…. I have a Tanglewood TW15CE BabyBass (acoustic). That’s all I’ve tried so far. I used both of that short and long scaled basses mentioned here. The first thing I’d say about GHS is what a fantastic company they are to deal with. I really can’t recommend these strings enough however if you use a lot of force in your playing and don’t want to adjust, you might be better with LaBella or D’Addario. i am having a difficult time finding string for my supro pocket bass. I used these on a tour I did with Steve Cropper and they sounded just ‘right’. STAINLESS STEEL FLATWOUND MEDIUM SCALE BASS STRINGS 45-125 | 5-STRING. But was looking advice on strings, some places say bridge replacement can help too, although the size of the body might not take a badass for example, or fender hi-mass. classic & heavy, also middle of the road on occasion, but always want that growl and bite. The Thomastik JF324 are for 32″ scale. It wasn’t till I’d come to terms with a few things I sold my beloved P bass back to her last owner as she is too lovely to sit in a box, so got her out for a play for old times sake. I tried a set of these a couple of years ago. Also is shipping affordable? Another one to try from GHS is their Balanced Nickels. I find the E string to be particularly dead-sounding. IN STOCK! This has been a really helpful blog post. My gratitude and thanks for a great review. If you try any, please let me know how they sound. When fitting Rotosound Bass Strings, be sure that the silked part of the string ONLY is wound around the machine post. Our Short Scale strings have a winding length (distance from the outside of the ball to the silk/taper) of 32.75" long. 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. GHS Precision Flats Flatwound Bass Strings Medium Scale - 4-String 45-095 Light 3120. La Bella 5-String 750T-B-M White Nylon Tape Wound Bass Strings 50-135, Medium Scale £69.99 £58.33 RRP £80.95 £67.46 | Save: £10.96 £9.13 Buy View Add to wishlist Hi Scott The set I used was the La Bella M42s – http://www.labella.com/products/m42/. I own 3 Gibson SG basses and have tried many different string configurations, so hopefully this will help you. Greetings from Germany. That’s a really useful review! Tried to string these on a 30" scale Fender (strings through the tail of the bridge, NOT through the body), and the silk windings hung over a good 1/4" onto the fretboard. Thanks SOOO much for those kind words – absolutely inspiring to hear how my small effort has helped so much. View full product details any suggestions? Thomastik-Infeld Add to Cart. advice! Your bass has re-energised my playing, it feels so comfortable. There’s a hot rail pick up and a new wiring loom on order so that just leaves strings. What's the deal with short-scale bass guitars...and do they live up to the hype? There's a problem loading this menu right now. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. I had that fixed and are very satisfied with the bass. I’m working with a local supplier to have stock of them very soon. The real shortscale one with original Gibson three studs bridge. Due to ill health I’d hardly played for a long time. Medium Scale - 34" Winding. I guess get another short scale bass. The E string sounded dead all over the neck, and chords were just horrible. Just discovered this site and your facebook page, well played, very good. Some Advantages Of Playing a Short Scale Bass. I’ve also tried their piccolo bass strings on my short scales which are fabulous. Shall be following from now on. $105.00. I too have this question, Both these sets have the afore mentioned thicker inner core. Hi Scott! Had the same problem with the E sting on that. They’re a bit longer than most SS strings, since the “Beatle” Hofner (and the many knockoffs) are usually a 32″ scale, but I’ve had no problems with the fit (although I’ve replaced the stock 3-point bridge with a Hipshot Supertone). Why Choose a Short-Scale Bass? I tried contacting Brian about a year ago. I’m and old f**k who already had short arms and fingers and had played my priceless old Precision for years. PRODUCT SPECS. I’m living in Spain now, but still have a band in Gloucestershire that I pop back to quite frequently. 95 GHS D’Addario’s flatwound strings are equally fabulous, although for some they sound a little bright and they are slightly higher in tension. The sets i tried were pretty low-tension and sounded bright & zingy. P.S. You may try the “Höfner Contempary Bass Strings roundwound HCT1133R”. Brand, gauge, length, material… thanks! Hopefully Scott can confirm this. resultantly my longscale gets played & my short scale doesn’t. BUT they last a LONG time and they are great for people who have allergies to other strings. 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. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Short scale basses are regarded as a viable option, offering a unique tone and a smaller, more playable neck. especially the e string needs the tension to sound well. GHS’s ‘Super Steels’ I found to be a very powerful, growly round-wound string. So, total waste of money. Whilst I quite love Rotosound’s long scale strings, their short scale offerings suffer with terrible overtones, particularly the low E. It’s so bad that if you fret an A at the 5th fret on the E string, it simply sounds out of tune. I’ve now resorted to asking the supplier what the winding length of thier short scale GHS strings is and whether they are old strings stock or not. Each bass guitar string produces a bright, balanced tone. They used to be called ‘Hard Rockin’ Steels’ but are now just Stanless Steel Roundwound. Hi Mel, Quick View. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated, Thanks, Mark. Our 4 String Medium Scale Bass Guitar strings are the perfect compliment to any 31-32″ bass guitar. These qualities can be rare today so hats off to GHS! 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Now it’s my primary bass (for now, miss the feeling of a plank of wood in my hand) so gotta show her some love. Some basses, especially 5-strings, are 35” scale. Thanks. Hi Michael, It needs thick strings and enough tension otherwise it keeps on buzzing on the frets or you have to raise the action so high that its really no fun to play it at all. For example: the Hofner Violin Bass is a 30" scale bass, but with the bridge, it actually requires a set of strings with at least a 34" winding length, which depending on the string brand, is considered medium scale. This type of breakage is not covered by our normal warranty. , Please send me an email on scott@shortscalebass.co.uk and I’ll send you my mailing address…, Need flatwound & Brite flats for a Jaguar VM short scale bass.Suggestions please. I’ve got a set on order as we speak so will report back when fitted and tried. I’m out in Greece halfway up a mountain so internet shopping is my only choice which doesn’t help. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Short Scale vs Medium Scale Bass Guitars. Scott, I jumped on here based on seeing your link on another forum. D’Addario 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. Scott. If a short scale is too far on the intonation spectrum, consider a medium scale bass as a compromise between the two. Furthermore, shorter strings require lower string tension for proper intonation, which gives both a looser, more “floppy” feel to the strings as well as fatter-sounding low notes. I see You recommend GHS 44-106 for standard E tunning I guess. recommendations, hence I’m turning to you for some Looking for informations about short and medium scale basses I found this page and Your SWB model, which seems to be very interesting too. http://intl.fender.com/en-AT/accessories/strings/, http://www.aquilacorde.com/modern-instrument-sets/modern-instrument/2813/short-bass-one/?lang=en, http://www.hofner-guitars.com/guitar-accessories/guitar-strings/bass-strings-contemporary.html. This is called ‘long scale’. Ernie Ball Nickel Wound Short Scale Electric Bass Strings are made from nickel plated steel wrapped around a hex shaped steel core wire. Pyramid Website – http://intl.fender.com/en-AT/accessories/strings/. So many questions. Quick View. Below I will talk about the various brands I’ve tried and give you a summary of my experience with them. Thanks Scott, very useful site for newcomers in the world of shorties as I am I appreciate! I honestly though the bass must be a dud, with some serious problems I hadn’t spotted when I bought it. Maybe you have the same problem? DBFS45105. Please feel free to email me at on scott@shortscalebass.co.uk if you have any questions. On most shorties you’ll have to carefully wrap a little of the wound part of the string round the tuning post. 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The E string sounds a bit dead compared to the others, has strange indertones and was a disaster to intonate, pluck the string at the twelfth and its starts off about a quater tone sharp then settles down to pitch, which makes intonating fun!….This was the case with all the strings, however I like the tension of them, but they will have to go as I just can’t cope when at certain frets they sound out of tune, a real shame…..in the grand scheme of things they are cheap, but its still a waste of good beer tokens! Which gauge could You recommand for playing with a pick? They haven’t got a clue what I’m talking about and the usual answer is, ” we will enquire with GHS and get back to you”. As I was solidly and happily using Roto 105 round wound stainless steel on the P bass and would then use the gigged strings on the Musicmaster as that was my gig spare. Even though this is a "Short Scale" instrument, "Short Scale" strings would have been too short … A quick but important note – some manufacturers produce short-scale bass strings that only work on 30″ scale basses. What we call “long-scale” basses have become more or less the standard scale length for basses, thanks to Leo Fender and the Precision Bass he introduced in 1951. We stock a large variety of these basses from various manufacturers. I like a string with a bit of tension, not too floppy. When you set up the SWB-1 basses, what strings do you put on? Any recommendations on the best flats to go on a Gretsch Junior Jet? Will I have to get a Mustang? They’re extremely enthusiastic and passionate  about what they do, and they seem to genuinely care about their customers and were so helpful answering any all my questions. You can see that playing a Fender short scale bass resembles playing a long scale with a capo on the second fret. Their flatwounds have a great vintage tone and a nice feel. i prefer flatwound, but roundwound will do if it’s what you recommend. I love the Thomastiks but the ones I have are VERY low tension. Under the bass string section of our website, we categorise our strings into ‘short scale sets’, ‘medium scale sets’ and so on. I am a long time guitarist but a few days ago I had an opportunity to play 95′ korean Fenix SH, 30,5 scale. She now wears new hardware (Schaller 3D 4 bridge and some pre loved Schaller tuning pegs). On mine which is due tomorrow, they should be GHS Super Steels, which are stainless steel. Hi Scott, thank you that great review. Very strong but not overpowering mids make for very musical and articulate playing, even with the tone rolled right off. I been using them and have been happy. Couldn’t agree with you more about the Rotosounds. The second set of strings to arrive were the TI Jazz round wounds. . Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. When a short-scale bass is tuned to standard pitch, its strings will be looser in comparison to a 34"-scale bass with strings of identical mass. I bought a whole selection but the first ones that arrived were a medium scale Rotosound swing bass set. Add to Cart. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. I don’t know why Scott picks and chooses but doesn’t answer all these questions, but that’s not important. If you have a 30.75″ scale bass, or a bass like the Hofner Violin where the tail-piece is some distance from the bridge saddles, you’ll need to use MEDIUM SCALE strings otherwise the wound part of the string won’t reach past the nut. But the scale can be even shorter than that, such as with the legendary Airline Pocket Bass, which has a 26.5″ length (and is now being reissued by Eastwood Guitars.) I work for GHS, and would be happy to get you some of our “proper” short scale strings for you to review and comment on. Hope you’re holding up ok under current conditions. 34.5″ total winding length before first taper. – I’d love to think the Thomastik flats would work, but will they fit? Both sets that turned up ended up too short for my SWB 1 so I presume they have sent me old stock. In the early days of electric basse… René. My only gripe with D’Addario is they do their ‘super-light’ gauge in Nickel?! String choice is of course a very personal thing and these are only my personal opinions…. Hello! LaBella short scale strings are fabulous! There is a short scale (30") bass - which is superimposed over a medium scale (32") bass - which is superimposed over a full scale (34") bass. I cant find anything on the subject! Do you have one of my original SWB-1s or a Chowny-built one, Ian? Compare that to the length of the traditional long-scale basses (34″, made popular by the legendary Fender Precision Bass) or the less-common 32″ medium-scale (such as the Eastwoo… The strings feel much smoother than other stainless rounds I’ve used and overall are, fr me,  the best roundwound short-scale strings I’ve used to date! They combine winding techniques developed for DR’s long-lasting HI-BEAM™ bass strings and DR’s rich, full-sustaining RARE™ phosphor bronze acoustic guitar strings. Despite my limitations I thoroughly enjoyed myself so now she’s gone I have begun a mission to turn my old Musicmaster into a reliable bass that could, in theory, be used to gig. Gauge unknown at present. I ordered a set of D’Addario Pro Steels online just to see if they made any difference before I sold the bass and well – the difference was night & day!!! Mine last at least 2 years and the complete set is only about 13,– € in Germany. After reading this I feel I’m making a more informed decision, so gonna start with what I know & like, with 105 Stainless Steel round wound (D’Addarios) and go from there. Also, the second bass is to be tuned down to low B, I got rid of my 5 string and now intend to run two mustangs, one standard one tuned down. Short scale basses have become more popular of late and this is due to the warmer tone and the ease of playing. I tune ADGB and CANNOT find short scale strings to support down tuners. Do they fit on a 30″ Short scale bass? Damn, sorry forgot to say…great, honest advice regarding string selection…..thank you! Yesterday I video-reviewed their round-wound Super Steels. It’s a client built one Scott , black passive. Can I use flat wound strings (it has an under saddle pickup)? While the 34″ scale is now considered the standard, it wasn’t always so. Get the best price on Short Scale Basses at Guitar Center. I checked the intonation and it was very slightly out, but not enough to produce such a bad sound. I think they sound close to the Fender electric strings and they are really good. Sorry for the stupidly slow reply! I prefer the short scale, I play a mid scale 32″ at the moment. $26.99. https://www.amazon.co.uk/GHS-5500-44-Regular-Medium/dp/B002NLW4HG. Hi Jonathan! I can’t thank you enough for prolonging my career. For a darker more vintage-sounding flatwound you might be better served with LaBella, Thomastik or Pyramid. The range of dedicated short scale bass strings available is relatively limited, although there are thankfully still enough to suit all of us! Really low tension and flexible, but with this super-warm, middly, punchy tone. The scale of a guitar is defined by the distance between the bridge and the nut. Some manufacturers seem to simply make their strings shorter or longer depending upon the scale whereas others use a thicker core for their short scale strings. I have also another question, why is it ok not to change flatwound but not for roundwound? Recently discovered your basses via Ebay and was intrigued. . Nothing special, good-enough, not as bright as others. This doesn’t work on Danelectro basses sadly due to their tiny little guitar-style tuners. Probably the best strings I’ve ever had. They also tend to rise in pitch considerably just after being plucked/slapped, which adds to this out of tune vibe. When I got my first short scale, a Danelectro Longhorn, the only short scale strings available locally were Rotosound. Scale Lengths Scale Lengths Inches. Hi Scott I recently purchased a short scale ’76 Rickenbacker 3000 bass, and I’m looking for the best flatwound strings to use? 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. Their stainless steel roundwounds have an incredible growl to them that I’ve not heard in other strings – very aggressive. Very helpful information – thanks. DBFS40120S. Long Scale - 37" Winding Anyroadup looking for a replacement fot the Rotosound disaster, which Labella set are the “growlers”, I’m a bit confused by the range……but I do like a growler! The solution to this problem is to buy a string set that is specifically balanced to a short scale bass instrument, and ta-da, the overtones go away. Michael, They usually do – just be careful if you need to wrap the thicker part of the string round the post. You get a long-scale type tone from a short scale bass with these. And they do look VERY cool!! What am I going to do? many thanks Save $10. Bass? – there’s not many of these basses around, so it’s difficult getting “ANY” info. Nigel. 10/10. I soooo wanted the bass to work for me, and whilst I loved the feel of the bass, and the Rotosound strings, the ‘out-of-tune’/overtone thing was driving me nuts and I was very close to selling the bass on ebay!! OK – I’ve never tried Pyramid strings, but it’s worth mentioning that guys like Paul McCartney used them which must say something!!! Based on the Medium Scale GHS Super Steels the gauges would be: .044 .063 .084 .106. I do hope that this gives you some help in choosing your first set of short scale strings, or if you’re looking to change. Having not brought a set of bass strings for 15 years and not brought any short scale ones for well over 25 years the choice and the range in price has been a little overwhelming. I’ve just fitted a set of their PSD BASS 99 (Piano String Design) to one of my SWB-1’s and they sound awesome! Not as good as D’Addario and their electric short scale strings are (I think) only available in Nickel. Just purchased a new pocket bass from eastwood, but i prefer tape wounds. All Rights Reserved. Short Scale Medium Scale Extra Long Scale ... Thomastik Jazz Bass Flatwound Medium Scale 43-106 Bass Strings — $129.95 Regular price. The main difference between a Short Scale vs Medium Scale Bass is that a “medium scale” bass generally comes in at 32 inches, versus 30 inches for a short scale and 34 for a long scale. For the SG’s I’ve found the Labella Deep Talkin’ 760FHBB (Beatle Bass) to be the best choice if flatwound is your preference. I’ll put the Piccolo Chord Shape lesson on my to-do list mate!!! If you have a 30.75″ scale bass, or a bass like the Hofner Violin where the tail-piece is some distance from the bridge saddles, you’ll need to use MEDIUM SCALE strings otherwise the wound part of the string won’t reach past the nut. However, this has changed recently. Thanx. As the scale length increases, the … They will fit a large majority of "short scale" basses, including the Hofner Beatle Bass or other basses with a trapeze style tailpiece. Weird really as there is a clear market for bassists wanting to play lower notes. Short scale: Rapid transition of notes is possible because of smaller fret spacing The scale on thier version is 26.5. Chords sound great, the string are supple and very nice to play. Many thanks, Baz Miller. short short scale. I was bass player once during my early stage being a string musician, but now I'm a lead guitarist by now. The strings are lovely and bright, but in a balanced way, i.e. 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. Namely, this set: The La Bella 760FS-S are flatwound strings, which is my preferred bass string winding type (much easier on the fingers). I currently have four sets of GHS bass strings sent by the company for me to review. Im looking strings for a five-strings short scale bass of 30′, any idea? Would you have any string recommendations for a Gibson SG short-scale (30″) bass? With a hexagonal steel core and nickel-plated steel windings, these strings have a balance tonality with plenty of bottom-end. 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. D'Addario EXL170M Medium Scale (32" scale) Nickel Strings, 45/65/80/100 For 32" scale basses.
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