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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / How many wraps should a bass string make?

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Staten Island, NY

Godzilla the Thread Killa
May 12th, 2017 07:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Gonna throw new strings on my new (to me) bass. How much string should be on the post? One wrap? Two? Less than one full wrap?

How do you string 'em?

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"toxic masculinity personified"
May 12th, 2017 09:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

For vintage-style machines, I follow this procedure:

Pre-cut each string for the proper length and desired amount of winds:"

Measure the fourth string 4" past its tuning post and cut it (again, make sure to pull each string taut). Insert into the center hole of the tuning key, bend and crimp to a 90° angle, and wind neatly in a downward pattern, being careful to prevent overlapping.

Measure the third string 4 1/2" past its tuning post, cut it, and repeat the winding procedure.

Measure the second string 4 1/2" past its tuning posts and cut and wind as noted.

Measure the first first string 4 1/2" past its tuning posts and cut and wind as noted.





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"toxic masculinity personified"
May 12th, 2017 09:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

Note that some basses require different scale length strings than their measured scale length would lead you to assume.

For example, any Fender Mustang with string-through-body type bridge (i.e. NOT the new P/J) requires medium-scale strings, even though it has a short scale (because of the extra length needed for the strings to pass through the body).

Another example is the Guild Starfire Bass which, though a short scale, also requires medium-scale strings, due to the unusually long distance between the bridge saddles and string anchor holes.


New York City

May 12th, 2017 11:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I never paid much attention. I have several P basses and a Dano long scale. I use TI 34" scale flats on them and I don't trim the ends at all. I figure as long as they make it at least a couple of times around the post, it doesn't matter much if there's extra windings.

TI's last, and I mean literally 10-15 years. In some cases that even includes removing them for adjustments and then putting them back on. Never noticed any kind of problem with the ends left untrimmed.


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
May 13th, 2017 06:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

It's all up to what YOU like. Everyone's different.

My personal opinion is that it's best to go with more wraps as opposed to fewer. The more wraps, the better the "anchor."




Bass is the place . . .
May 13th, 2017 07:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like two to three "wraps", or when the string covers most of the post from top to bottom.

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North Florida

A Friend of Bill W.
May 14th, 2017 06:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Not quite bottoming out at the ferral but I like the post mostly covered, gives a better break angle at the nut..



May 14th, 2017 07:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

2 wraps minimum.



May 14th, 2017 02:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

For a Fender Bass it is more important that the E and A strings wind as low as possible to the bottom but not past the stud (this is not necessary on a bass with a headstock that tilts downward such as a Gibson. The D and G strings are less of a problem because they have a string tree to pull the string down to a good angle off the nut. Trail dragger's measurements are about right but I do not precut them. Instead I pull the string taunt and cut it by measuring from the string pole it is to go on, Insert it into the hole, bend to a 90 degree angle and start wrapping. It is very important that the A string gets a good downward pull by having enough wraps to pull it close to the bottom. Also important is that when you tune it up that you push down on each string a couple of time just after it goes over the saddle. If not your tuning may and usually will not stabilize.

(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 04:49 PM, May 14th, 2017)



May 15th, 2017 04:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

It is important not to get the strings too close to the pickup as it will pull it out of tune, cause string to make a warble tone etc.

Once tuned up then intonate each string if and as needed to put it in proper tuning. You probably already know this though. If the string in question is on the flat side you can move the saddle toward the neck without a problem but if sharp you might want to de-tune the string before adjusting the saddle so you do not strip the adjustment screw

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