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  • Epiphone Viola Bass -- what strings?

    Hello everybody,
    I am new to this forum. I am not a bass player (I play guitar), I'm just helping my wife, who learns to play bass. We just got her Epiphone Viola Bass -- seems like it suits her size/weight-wise and also the stile of music we try to play. Also it looks great.
    My questions:
    Does anybody have any experience with this particular bass? I've been reading through reviews and forums, and many suggest to change the stock string to flat wound ones. We got a set of D'Addario ECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound - .045, .065, .080, .100 - at the time of purchase, I just wanted to be sure if those would be the right strings before messing them up. I've read about some incompatibilities with some strings on this bass. Also -- how important is it to have medium or short scale strings as oppose to full scale?
    If anybody has an experience with this -- any suggestions would be appreciated.

  • #2
    Even though it's a short scale bass they usually need medium scale strings because of the trapeze tailpiece. I have a similar violin bass and use medium-scale Rotosound RS-77 Jazz flats.
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    • #3
      you might want to try LaBella nylon tape wound
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      • #4
        You use flatwounds on a viola to get the retro (Beatles) sound.
        If that suites the music, your d'Addarios are perfectly all right.

        For a beginner, they will also help to eliminate the noise, when you move your fretting fingers.

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        • #5
          Thank you everyone for your replies!
          It's hard to describe what kind of music we play - I guess it would be more towards retro. So we will stick with d'Addarios for now and see how it works all together.
          Thanks again for your help!

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          • #6
            Even though it's a short scale bass they usually need medium scale strings because of the trapeze tailpiece. I have a similar violin bass and use medium-scale Rotosound RS-77 Jazz flats.


            Use the same on my Epi EA-260's. Same reason, it needs the medium-scale in spite of the short 30.5" scale, due to the bridge and tail piece set-up.
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            • #7
              Personally, I'd go with the nylon-wrapped strings, to maximize the woody, acoustic character of the bass.
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              • #8
                Personally, I'd go with the nylon-wrapped strings, to maximize the woody, acoustic character of the bass.


                I'd like that -- "woody, acoustic character"... Do they ware out faster?

                Such a bummer -- I was ready and excited to install the D'Addario Flatwounds. But turned out it's a full scale set (actually recommended for this particular bass by a GC sales person ).

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                • #9
                  I'd like that -- "woody, acoustic character"... Do they ware out faster?

                  Such a bummer -- I was ready and excited to install the D'Addario Flatwounds. But turned out it's a full scale set (actually recommended for this particular bass by a GC sales person ).


                  I'd recommend once a year, depending on how often you play & how clean you keep your instrument, but they can last much longer.
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                  • #10
                    Nylon tapewound strings last nearly forever in my experience.

                    You will need "medium scale strings. 32", even though it's a 30" scale bass.

                    La Bella makes a set of flats just for that bass-- 760FHBB

                    I suggest those, or the medium scale Rotosound tapewounds--RS88M

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                    • #11
                      Thank you for your help everyone!
                      I would like to try those Nylon tapewound strings in the future.
                      Too bad they didn't have those at our GC, so I just ordered from them (in exchange) a set of D'Addarios -- just to get feeling of flatwounds, and will go from there.
                      This Epi Viola sounds great even with the stock strings. Our Fender BXR100 suddenly became "alive" and musical, well..., within its abilities.
                      Somebody is selling early 1960's VOX ESSEX on Craig's. That would be a good compliment to this bass, I think. But $600 is too steep for us now.

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                      • #12
                        Personally, I'd go with the nylon-wrapped strings, to maximize the woody, acoustic character of the bass.


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                        • #13
                          Welcome To The Forum and I agree with the above

                          Thank you, glad to be here, I agree too.

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                          • #14
                            I would recommend Pyramid Gold Short Scale Flatwounds, The same strings that H
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                            • #15
                              I would recommend Pyramid Gold Short Scale Flatwounds, The same strings that H

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