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Senior Member
Username: hammer

Post Number: 548
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 4:08 pm:   Edit Post

I just purchased a 6-string 34" long scale Maple Europa and was wondering what those who also play 6-stringers use for strings including gauge. In addition, do I need to go extra long or will long suffice.
Username: mica

Post Number: 8239
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 7:31 pm:   Edit Post

For scale length it depends on the manufacturer - I know for most long scale Alembics you need to get extra-long scale D'Addario strings.
Senior Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 1817
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:46 pm:   Edit Post

I really like DR Sunbeams on my Modulus Q6, which is a 35" scale. I usually use .120-.030, but for some reason I'm thinking of stepping up a size. Their standard length strings will fit perfectly.
Advanced Member
Username: xlrogue6

Post Number: 303
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 - 9:27 am:   Edit Post

For rounds, my Rogue 6 likes Elixirs--the extra long scale set fits the 35" scale of the Rogue just fine. .130-.030. On the fretless I'm using D'Addario Chromes, only available in one gauge in extra long.
Senior Member
Username: keith_h

Post Number: 2063
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:25 am:   Edit Post

I don't have a 6 but on my 34" scale fretless Orion I used long scale D'Addario Chromes. They claim they will fit scale length up to 36 1/4 inches. They also make what they call super long in some lines for 6 string basses up to 38 inches.

Senior Member
Username: hammer

Post Number: 549
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 - 2:35 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the ideas. I typically use TI Flats on my Signatures (or D-Chromes) but for some reason the new 6-string Europa has a much mellower sound than either of my other basses (even though it currently sports an old set of roundwounds on it). I like the tone I get when playing with a pick but need to make significant adjustments for finger work. The only thing I can
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 2236
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 6:08 pm:   Edit Post

Both of mine are 'standard' long scale (34") and I've always bought long scale strings (. . . . tried lots of different brands . . . . ) and have never been caught out by the windings being too short.

I have from time to time been glad I 'read the fine print': GHS and LaBella both make strings sets where only the E (or the E+B in my case) are exposed core, like the old SuperWounds. If the entire set was that way, you could just raise the whole bridge. I've skipped sets like this as I didn't want to have to use two separate bridge saddles just for them, and I'm not sure I could raise the bridge enough on that one side to make them work. Just haven't been inclined to try it.

J o e y

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