#1
so.. i've heard things about the low B string getting flop on 34 inch basses.

is this because of the lack of tension or something? and would it be fixable by using heavy gauge strings?
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#2
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yes, as far as i know.

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#5
It ****ing vibrates at 30Hz.

If the bass had a 108' scale, that's feet, the B string would still flop. It still vibrates at 30Hz. 30 flops a second. That's low.

Tension won't stop the flop. The Dark Lord's F# string is tight, but flops terribly.
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#6
^I believe by flop they usually refer to the width of the flop, not the actual flop itself. to tune a low gauge string, you must be able to make the same vibrations as a bigger string, meaning the string must be more loose, thus, having a wider flop. if someone plays by going straight to where the string is, wider flop=more uncomfortable playing.

if one just whacks away at with reckless abandon, it doesn't matter. I am more reckless, if Tam's string preference is anything to go by, she also is.
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#7
Yes, it's due to low tension, and yes, it's fixable with higher gauge strings.

As a side note, it annoys me to no end when people talk about weather or not a 34" has a floppy B-string. It is COMPLETELY dependent on what string is on it. All 34" B-strings have exactly the same scale...there's not really any other variable besides the string's gauge and type.
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Yes, it's due to low tension, and yes, it's fixable with higher gauge strings.

As a side note, it annoys me to no end when people talk about weather or not a 34" has a floppy B-string. It is COMPLETELY dependent on what string is on it. All 34" B-strings have exactly the same scale...there's not really any other variable besides the string's gauge and type.

so the question is...
which strings are the most tense?
EDIT: besides the bigger ones.
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#9
^ Pretty much.

I'd say flats in general have the most tension...heavy-gauge ones feel like steel rods.
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