Re: Stringing short-scale 4 like a 5

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Posted by rumblethump on September 10, 2000 at 12:20:39:

In Reply to: Stringing short-scale 4 like a 5 posted by Scott Bassett on September 09, 2000 at 20:57:59:

Using long scale strings should be no problem, I've put them on my EB3 in the past. The problem you may encounter because of the short scale, the B string
will probably have a loose tension, which could possibly be helped by a larger gauge string (at least 130 or larger, custom?). You will probably also have to file the nut to accomodate. If you then choose to go back to EADG you will then have to replace your nut.

: 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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