Fractional size bass strings are proportionally smaller than regular sized strings. Each manufacturer formulates fractional strings to the specific scale length for each size bass. Mfg’s also control string tension and mass to make string diameter proportional to the overall length. This is important for several reasons, most notably the amount of tension transferred to the top. Over tensioning the top does not increase the life-span of either the string or the instrument. Also, smaller scale instruments are often chosen because they are easier to play for a variety of bass players…
Lemur Music offers many choices in 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, and even 1/10 sizes. Look for fractional sized bass strings under your favorite brand, or here, in this Fractional Size Bass String Section listed by size.
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