Stringing short-scale 4 like a 5


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Posted by Scott Bassett on September 09, 2000 at 20:57:59:

I have a '68 Gibson EBO that I don't play as much as I did before I switch
to an Ibanez 5-string as my main bass. With the jazz standards I play and
the keys they are typically in, having the low B is very handy. I thought
about experimenting with the EBO by stringing and tuning it like lowest 4
strings on a 5 (B-E-A-D). I have heard and read of others doing this
successfully with older long-scale basses. My EBO has a 30" scale, so I
obviously will need to use a standard long-scale low B (I have never seem
short scale low B's). I don't see this alone as a real problem since I
successfully use short-scale strings designed for 30" basses on my Supro
Pocket Bass, which has a scale of about 26". In theory, the 4" scale
difference should not be insurmountable. Has anyone tried this with a
short-scale bass? What are the likely problems?




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