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  1. Floppy B. Pickups and a Stiff Neck.

    Correct. So yes i mean raise the string tension, and tension is determined by mass, so is affected by string construction and materials. It would be possible to have a brand A .125 tighter than a brand B .130 due to construction and materials. Floppiness is also, to a lesser extent, caused by string flexibility.
  2. Super Light 6 String Bass Strings

    A .032 C will be much tighter than a .040 G, the tension match would be a .028 C. However there are advantages to having less tension on the C and using a .025. For the sake of choice i suggest building a set from single strings. .040 -.095 really is not 'super light' it has quite a lot of tension. Set naming is weird and varies. Super light would be a 4 string set .030-.085 as Rotosound sell.
  3. Floppy B. Pickups and a Stiff Neck.

    It's odd how no-one mentioned the obvious, floppiness is due to low string tension, so just increase the gauge. Almost all bass sets have the B at a lower or much lower tension than the other strings. If you want to match the E in tension the E-B pairs are: .090 .120 .095 .125 .100 .135 .105 .140 .110 .145
  4. Finding an unlined fretless

    I was in the same situation as you, and bought a Warwick Streamer Standard 5 string fretless, around £500, unlined ebony board and completely passive. You will need to search around for a place that can get one for you as many places refuse to deal with Warwick.
  5. New Cort GB Basses.....Opinions

    But ... these are just yet another Fender copy series. And they have dropped the Curbow which was the most interesting design they ever made. All their basses are now P or super-P with little character. They have become bland and boring.
  6. Ok if you like and use stiff strings on your Dingwall that makes sense, but you will still need to raise the gauge of the lower strings to maintain the tension you prefer. Or perhaps you are using flexible strings on the DIngwall and need stiff strings on the 34" to compensate for the loss of tension due to the shorter scale, this seems more likely. But you may not like the tone of stiff strings, it will be duller and more inharmonic. The whole idea of the Dingwall scale is longer, thinner strings for clarity and harmonicity. When you say you like the feel of thinner gauges, are you concerned with the feel of the diameter of the string? I know some players are but that is bizarre, the tactile feel of the diameter is of no significance and is a tiny change (quarter mm between .100 and .110), the other aspects of a string take priority and you will soon get used to it. I think it's a case of feeling a slight difference in diameter and letting that bother you, instead, i feel it's better to decide what is best (larger more flexible strings) and get used to the feel.
  7. > what are the best strings now for low gauge and high tension? This is impossible, actual tension is determined by string mass which is determined by gauge. I guess by 'tension' you mean stiffness that raises 'perceived tension'. Why do you want stiff (big core) strings? If you don't prefer stiff strings on your Dingwall there's no reason at all to start using them on a shorter scale instrument. If instead you use larger gauges of a more flexible string you will have the same feel but with better tone, clarity, intonation and harmonicity. I recommend just using the same brand as on your Dingwall, or another brand you like, but raising the gauges of the lower strings to compensate for the shorter scale lengths of the lower strings. Something like 45 65 85 105 140 or 45 65 85 110 145. A tension chart can help you match the per-string tensions to what you have on the Dingwall, this chart has scale length as an input value [url="http://store.kaliumstrings.com/TensionCalculator/index.html"]http://store.kaliumstrings.com/TensionCalculator/index.html[/url]
  8. From BEADG to EADGC is easy and the nut will not need any work. Just restring and re-intonate the saddles. Better though for your use is to restring a 6 EADGCF for more chord possibilities and higher notes.
  9. Light gauge flats - 5-string...

    Build a set from singles using a high C or .035 for the G. .125 .095 .070 .050 .035/.032 is a good set with fairly equal tensions. D;Addario Chromes have a single .032 available.
  10. Hofner B2 5 string

    I've owned 2 of these, all-maple and neck-through, extremely punchy tone, excellent basses. £299 is quite high for a 2nd hand one though. Body shape not too good for sitting down, but great for standing up. I moved the rear strap buttom to halfway along the body front for better balance and to shift the bass to the right.

    I had not heard of Bach basses before so was interested to see something new .. Wow, what a surprise, a line of Fender copies, just what the world is lacking. And an obvious Ibanez SR copy. I wouldn't go anywhere near a brand with this kind of cheap unimaginative lineup of copies, even if the basses are fairly good.
  12. Best flatwound B string - does it exist?

    Since flatwounds are stiff you can get away with thinner gauges, i suggest a .110 flatwound for flexibility, then play it gently.
  13. Mike Lull 40" scale custom job...

    Good to see this, we need to break the commercial chicken-and-egg problem that has been restricting us to 34/35". 34" was chosen for E1 but longer is now useful for modern lower tunings. Those who have played a Knuckle Guitar Works (now part of Kalium) Quake have mentioned it was surprisingly comfortable to play. That design shifts the bridge to the right and the nut to the left by the same amount, so the nut is only 2.5" further away. Kalium Strings sell non-custom strings for 40" scale. I don't consider stretching to cover frets 1 to 4 'good' technique, it may be fast technique but it's unhealthy for the hand to fret high tension strings with fingers in such an unnatural position, no surprise so many bassists have injuries (unnecessarily high tension strings and terrible instrument ergonomics contribute).
  14. Heaviest gauge to play EADG

    Higher tension will make it harder to press the string firmly against the fret, which will increase this type of buzz, i solved it by going to lower tension and using a more gentle technique.
  15. D'addario 'Balanced Tension' Strings?

    For now they're probably keeping it basic with 4 string sets, the idea is to add a matching tension single B to a 4 string set. Matching E-B pairs would be roughly 95-130 107-145 120-160.