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Posted by El Pájaro on February 05, 2001 at 15:35:28:
In Reply to: String questions and other things posted by Emptyeye on February 04, 2001 at 19:42:03:
: given that I now own a fretless bass, and have for a month and a half or so, I suppose now would be a good time to ask some questions about strings for it.
: Okay, I know I want flatwounds, as opposed to roundwounds, or else I risk destroying the fingerboard. Not good. Is there any way to tell the two apart? Do I need to specifically ask for flats, or is that pretty much the rule when it comes to strings? I know musician's friend lists their Rogue strings as being Rounds, if it doesn't say rounds, should I assume they're flats? Yeah, I know, sort of a newbish question but I've never been particularly picky about my strings.
: Another newbish question, I know that scale length refers to the nut-to-bridge length of the bass. But is that the front, or the back of the bridge? The bridge itself takes up about 1 1/2-2 inches on my Fender Fretless, so I'm just curious I suppose. Thanks in advance!
#1: never assume the strings are flat unless it specifically says so in the package.
#2: scale length refers to the distance between the "witness pionts", which are the exact spots where the string contacts the nut and bridge.
Hope this helped. Buena suerte and keep that bass up front in the mix,
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