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Af­ter years of re­quests, Ernie Ball has an­nounced they will now make their pop­u­lar nickel-wound Slinky Bass strings avail­able for short scale basses. The most ob­vi­ous rea­son to use a short scale bass (but def­i­nitely not the only one) is its com­pact size. Many bassists also find closer fret spac­ing more com­fort­able. 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, and lower ten­sion means a more flex­i­ble feel­ing string that gives you a fat­ter bot­tom end ‘bloom’ on low notes while, at the same time, pre­sent­ing top notes that sound a lit­tle smoother.

Specif­i­cally en­gi­neered to fit short scale (30.5-inch) basses, the new Ernie Ball Short Scale Slinky Bass strings are con­structed util­is­ing the same pro­duc­tion meth­ods and ma­te­ri­als as their orig­i­nal Slinky nickel-wound bass strings, of­fer­ing the same clas­sic feel and tone.

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