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    I bought a used Yamaha BB404 bass that's in bad need of a setup. I don't have much experience with basses, so what guage strings should I use? I believe the bass is a 34" scale, and if it helps any, I like 9-42s on my 25.5 scale guitars and 10-46s on my 24.75 scale guitars.
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    Re: Bass Strings

    if you don't mind the heavy strings, play 105's Otherwise, 95's
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    • #3
      Re: Bass Strings

      Thanks. I've also noticed that bass strings come in long and short scales, but I don't know what bass scales are. Is 34 long or short?
      "Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive."
      - C.S. Lewis

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      • #4
        Re: Bass Strings

        34 is long scale. short scale are around 32 or less, and there are extra long scale that starts around 35 or so and go up.
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        • #5
          Re: Bass Strings

          I play long scale D'addario soft guage.

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          • #6
            Re: Bass Strings

            I've always used 45-105's.......and yes, it's long scale. Since you're not experienced with basses there's really no sense in you spending $20-$30 on a set of strings. Get a set of $10 Darco strings. That's about as cheap as you'll find any bass strings.

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            • #7
              Re: Bass Strings

              I play Fender Super Bass 7250s Bass Strings F7250M Medium gauges: .045, .065, .085, .105

              I play DR TiteFit LH 9-46.

              I find the light bass strings tend to "rattle" too much.
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