#1
i just finished customizing my bass and got some strings from my local guitar shop. but they are waaaaaaay too long. i mean they have got to be 30% too long at least. they are apparently long scale, which i thought was 35 frets which my bass is O_o i guess my question is: is it safe to cut the strings with a wire cutter to make them the right size, or do i need to exchange them?
#2
you could just wrap them around the tuning post a few more times.

And I wouldn't personally class 35" as long scale
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35 frets?!? Inches? How far past the nut does the nylon start? I have a 34" scale with Extralong scale Rotosounds and the nylon starts about a inch past the nut (of the guitar). My strings are perfectly fine (I don't remember how much I cut off of them though). (I cut my strings because they were too long as well)

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you could just wrap them around the tuning post a few more times.

And I wouldn't personally class 35" as long scale

35" is long scale though...

Make sure that if you cut them, you try not to cut a lot. My D string (the tuning pegs are three/left and two/right, so D is the longest) is a tad bit too short. It is OK (even to tune up to D#), but I am just afraid for it.
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The come that long so you can cut them. It's 35" scale, not 35 frets btw.
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#6
if you wrap, it doesn't much longer. if I don't actually see wire cutters, I do the full wind.
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if you wrap, it doesn't much longer. if I don't actually see wire cutters, I do the full wind.




that made no sense
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hmm i see, well i dont know anything about measurements etc. i had a really bad teacher when i was in 5th grade and that happened to be the grade we were taught all of that kind of stuff so my knowledge is that of a 9 year olds. all i know is that the strings are waaaay to ****ing long. my friend came over to help me and we had the strings wrapped around so much that the nuts had turned into balls of string and they still weren't tight enough. but i know that i can cut them and thats all i needed to know. thanks for the advice and impute.
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that made no sense

wrap without cutting em.

it takes less time than you think.
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wrap without cutting em.

it takes less time than you think.



well i tried but the strings so long that i run out of room to wrap. it literally turns into a ball instead of a cylinder...
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#11
Make sure you fold the string where you intend to do the cut, that's the safe way (recommended on the DR string bags!)
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#13
thanks to QvistDK and delirium for that extra bit of advice. ile make sure to follow it. and i always do my best to make sure the strings dont overlap. im really OC that way although im sure there is a better reason to do it than that.
#14
I use a plasma torch to cut my strings to size. Cutting bass strings with ordinary scissors/pliers/tin snips wears them out too fast.
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I use a plasma torch to cut my strings to size. Cutting bass strings with ordinary scissors/pliers/tin snips wears them out too fast.

a plasma cutter?

now that's dedication.
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You only really need 2-4 wraps around a tuning post. I load the strings through the bridge, and measure about 10cm past the relevant tuning post, and cut there.Then proceed to wrap the strings around the post without overlapping the strings.


Ben is correct and overwraps can cause you problems folks.

Buy a set of wire clippers and keep them in your case / gig bag. Seriously, they're cheap and a set will last you your respective lifetime.

Back in the day, my first guitar teacher was anal about this. He taught me to bring the string up to the tuning post and create a loop about the size of an American quarter coin. Cut the string where the loop starts. Viola!.
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Back in the day, my first guitar teacher was anal about this. He taught me to bring the string up to the tuning post and create a loop about the size of an American quarter coin. Cut the string where the loop starts. Viola!.


Can you explain better? It sounds like you know a pretty sure fire way to get a good string length, but I cant visualize it from that description
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Oh, and just to clear up a mistake earlier in the thread.

34" = Long Scale
35" = Extra-long Scale.
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You only really need 2-4 wraps around a tuning post. I load the strings through the bridge, and measure about 10cm past the relevant tuning post, and cut there.Then proceed to wrap the strings around the post without overlapping the strings.

this is pretty much what i does too.
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Can you explain better? It sounds like you know a pretty sure fire way to get a good string length, but I cant visualize it from that description


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I did forget to mention wrap from top to the bottom of the post, therefore maxisiming the angle between nut and post. Seems to keep tuning nice and tight.


This is pretty important actually. you actually get better sustain when you do this because it holds the string against the nut tighter so that it doesn't vibrate in the nut at all.

Also, you should wrap the string around the tuning post in the direction that keeps the string the straightest after the nut. You don't want too much sideways pressure on the nut. It can cause the nut to break off.

So to recap:
the strings should wrap around the post 2-4 times
bend the string where you intend to cut it and then use wire cutters
always wrap top to bottom
always make sure that you wrap around the post to in the direction that the string will be the straightest after passing the nut.
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#23
i usaully take my hand and point it striaght up on the 12th fret with the string draped over it and i hold it to the tuning peg i want that string in i cut it there taht way there is the extra string room for the wind. i have knida big hands too tho so this may not work for you.
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This is pretty important actually. you actually get better sustain when you do this because it holds the string against the nut tighter so that it doesn't vibrate in the nut at all.

Also, you should wrap the string around the tuning post in the direction that keeps the string the straightest after the nut. You don't want too much sideways pressure on the nut. It can cause the nut to break off.

So to recap:
the strings should wrap around the post 2-4 times
bend the string where you intend to cut it and then use wire cutters
always wrap top to bottom
always make sure that you wrap around the post to in the direction that the string will be the straightest after passing the nut.



well i pritty much did all of that so it seems to have worked out pritty well
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