I've got a violin that I would like to use for a bass git but with a slight difference or big depend how you view it. I don't want to use a heavy bass strings but the bass strings on a normal git ,E ,A strings. the question is is there any difference in these strings? like light E or Heavy E? strings. I want to be able to use my current amp( CUBE) rather than having to buy a bass amp.
Short scale basses are around 30". Standard scale is 34". String length might be an issue. You will also be an octave higher than a bass with bass strings.
I've made a 30" scale using 2 bass strings .gave that to my son.
so I know about that just want to know if the E strings etc have difference thickness on a 6 stringer.
to answer your specific question . yes , 6 string packs come in a broad range from ultra light to super heavy . it is best to look at the gauge on the pack . most only go up to 0.42 ish
thats not quite correct. a set of 10's goes to 42 ish but if you get the heaver sets then they will go up to 56's on a set of 13's
or you could try a place like this and get short scale individual bass strings . just get the thinner strings say the D and G strings then using a shorter scale tune them to G and D?? not done it but it could work.
you can do a sort of "hybrid" . a short scale bass that is actually 25.5 like a normal guitar . but with special "drop D " strings this will avoid string length issues and tension issues . and will still fit regular guitar tuners also . and you can easily revert it back to a regular cbg , by just swaping out the strings . and as you can see . it sounds just like a bass ." these are 2 and 3 string examples"
(note description for string make etc ..)
The 2 stringer sounds great. Who'da thunk?
yup , that will make your last 3 strings .36 .52 and .60. great for a 2 or 3 string bass .
thats the set i used on the horse 2 stringer . using the . 60 and. 52
here is the other slightly heavier pack i used
that will give you 42 , 56 , 65.
Using just the low guitar strings at near a guitar scale gives you what might be called a 'tenor bass', or Arkansas Tuning if you use all 4 low git strings. proper bass strings are another octave down from that.
but if you are using just the low E and A from a pack of bass strings, that's a little less tension than a 4 string git with medium strings, and you can short scale it down to 32 or 30 " for even less string tension worries.
I have a 4 string 30in short scale bass (commercialy produced) that feels fine with standard scale strings.
Bass uke strings are real fat silicone things for a 20 inch scale length. Being nonferrous you need to use a piezo pickup with a cheap preamp. They have the full EADG octave below guitar tuning.
Here is the one I made.
The guy I made this for is stoked The things I am doing different with my nexy build are an in body amp rather than a side slot in amp unit and open rather than sealed tuners. The E string is 5mm in diameter and the solid shaft on the open thuners gives plenty og grind out room.