Specialty Bass Guitar Strings


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Shopping for bass strings can be complicated. There are so many different types of strings. There’s roundwound, flatwound, halfwound, tapewound and coated strings. There’s short scale, medium scale, long scale, (which is really the “standard” scale) and super-long scale. And, there’s 4-string, 5-string, 6-string and 8-string.  There are also basses that have 1-string, 2-strings, 3-strings, and 12-strings.  Really there seems to be no limit to the variation in basses and their string combinations.

A previous 101 Basses article, The Confusion on Shopping for Bass Guitar Strings,  discusses many of the common types of strings for bass guitars.


D’Addario EXL280 Nickel Wound Piccolo Bass Strings, 20-52, Long Scale

This article goes into more detail about some specialty string sets for specific type of bass guitars.

Three Specialty Bass Guitar String Sets from D’Addario…

Piccolo Bass Strings: According to Wikipedia there are at least two types of piccolo basses.  Typically electric piccolo basses have 4-strings tuned one octave higher than a traditional bass.  These basses are made by Zon, Carl Thompson and probably others.  D’Addario produces one set of their most common XL-Nickel Wound strings in a size specifically for piccolo bass.


D’Addario ESXL170 Nickel Wound Bass Guitar Strings, Light, 45-100, Double Ball End, Long Scale

Ned Steinberger – TransTrem – Double Ballend Strings:  Back in the 1980’s Ned Steinberger developed what is known as a the headless bass (and guitars too).  These instruments became quite iconic in their day.  Steinberger developed a bridge, called the TransTrem bridge that was a tailpiece, bridge, tuner and vibrato all in one.  The bass requires a special string that has ball ends on both ends of the string.  (Most strings have a ballend only on the bridge end of the string).  D’Addario produces two sets of strings for this bridge.


D’Addario XL156 Nickel Wound Electric Guitar/Nickel Wound Bass Strings, Fender Nickel Wound Bass VI, 24-84

Fender Bass VI:  The Fender Bass VI is one of the original 6-string basses dating back to 1961.  But is NOT typical of modern day 6-string basses.  The typical 6-string bass has a 34″ scale and is tuned B-E-A-D-G-C.  The Fender Bass VI has a 30″ scale and is tuned E-A-D-G-B-E.  Just like a standard guitar, but one octave lower.  D’Addario produces a set of strings specifically for this bass.

The Bass-Aholic String finder page is designed to help you sort out the over 60 string sets produced by D’Addario.  Check it out here.  D’Addario products are supplied and shipped from Amazon.com, so you assured of satisfaction and great prices.  Bass-Aholic is an affiliate of Amazon.com.  Remember that when you order through the string finder you are helping to support Bass-Aholic.

Notice: It’s easy to order the wrong strings.  Bass-Aholic provides information only and cannot be responsible errors or omissions.  Do your homework before purchasing.


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