Bass String Lengths by Manufacturer

Every string manufacturer has their own set "Winding Length" for each "Scale Length" of electric bass strings.  The "Winding Length" is the measurement of the string from the Back of the Ball End to Silk or to the First Taper on strings with no silk where the string starts to get thinner (B / E / A strings).  Please note string lengths may vary in some cases where strings are hand made or hand wrapped with silk. 

Please click here to see how to find the optimal winding length strings to use on your bass.

Winding Lengths listed by Brand


Cleartone Coated Bass String Winding Length
:
  • Long Scale = 37.5" Ball to Taper

D'Addario Bass String Winding Length:

  • Short Scale = 32" Ball to Taper (or Silk)
  • Medium Scale = 34" Ball to Taper (or Silk)
  • Long Scale = 37.1" Ball to Taper (or Silk)
  • Super Long Scale = 38" Ball to Taper (or Silk)

Dean Markley Bass String Winding Length:

  • Long Scale = 37.25" Ball to Taper (or Silk)

DR Bass String Winding Length:

  • Short Scale = 34" Ball to Taper (or Silk)
  • Long Scale = 38" Ball to Taper (or Silk)
  • Extra Long Scale - 40.7" Ball to Taper (or Silk)

Dunlop Bass String Winding Length:

  • Long Scale = 37.25" Ball to Taper

Elixir Bass String Winding Length:

  • Long Scale = 36.5" Ball to Taper
  • Extra Long Scale = 38" Ball to Taper

Ernie Ball Bass String Winding Length:

  • Long Scale = 37.25" Ball to Taper (or Silk)
  • Super Long Scale = 38.25" Ball to Taper

Everly Bass String Winding Length:

  • Long Scale = 37.75" Ball to Taper

Fender Bass String Winding Length:

  • Short Scale = 32" Ball to Taper
  • Medium Scale = 34" Ball to Taper
  • Long Scale = 36.5" Ball to Taper

Fodera Bass String Winding Length:

  • Long Scale = 37.5" Ball to Taper
  • Extra Long Scale = 39.25" Ball to Taper

GHS Bass String Winding Length:

  • Short Scale: 32" Ball to Taper (or Silk)
  • Medium Scale: 34" Ball to Taper (or Silk)
  • Long Scale: 36.5" Ball to Taper (or Silk)
  • Long Plus: 38" Ball to Taper (or Silk)

Ken Smith Bass String Winding Length:

  • Long Scale = 38" Ball to Silk
  • Extra Long Scale = 40" Ball to Silk
  • For some B strings there is a "Medium Scale" option = 36.5" Ball to Silk

La Bella Bass String Winding Length:

  • Short Scale = 32" Ball to Silk
  • Medium Scale = 34" Ball to Silk
  • Long Scale = 37" Ball to Silk
  • Extra Long Scale = 38" Ball to Silk
  • Hofner Beatle Bass = 34" Ball to Silk

MTD Bass String Winding Length:

  • Long Scale = 37.25" Ball to Silk

R.Cocco Bass String Winding Length:

  • Long Scale = 37" Ball to Taper
  • Extra Long Scale = 39" Ball to Taper

Rotosound Bass String Winding Length:

  • Short Scale = 32" Ball to Silk
  • Medium Scale = 34" Ball to Silk
  • Long Scale = 37" Ball to Silk (or Taper)
  • Extra Long Scale = 39" Ball to Silk

Sadowsky Bass String Winding Length:

  • Long Scale = 37" Ball to Silk
  • Extra Long Scale = 39" Ball to Silk - UPDATED

SIT Bass String Winding Length:

  • Long Scale = 37.25" Ball to Taper
  • Extra Long Scale = 38" Ball to Taper

Spector Bass String Winding Length:

  • Long Scale = 38" Ball to Taper

Thomastik-Infeld Bass String Winding Length:

  • Short Scale = 35.5" Ball to Silk
  • Long Scale = 37" Ball to Silk
  • Super Long Scale = 39.75" Ball to Silk


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