The most obvious, but definitely not the only, reason to use a short scale bass is its compact size and closer fret spacing. However, professional bassists are well aware of a ‘secret’ to the sound of a short scale bass – shorter strings require less tension to achieve correct tuning. Lower tension means a more flexible feeling string that at the same time gives you a fatter bottom end on low notes, while at the same time lending a smoother sound to the top notes. Specifically engineered to fit short scale (30.5”) basses, the new Ernie Ball Short Scale Slinky bass strings are constructed utilising the same production methods and materials offering the same feel and tone as their popular Slinky nickel wound bass strings.
Ernie Ball are distributed in Australia through CMC Music.