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Extra long strings for a Frequensator?


Billybob Dylan

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Because of the distance from the Frequensator on my Broadway to the 'D' string's tuning peg, the wound part of the 'D' string doesn't reach the tuning peg. I can only insert & wrap the core. I've been having some tuning issues on the D string only, and wondered if this could be the cause? Perhaps the core is being stretched more than the outer wound part?

 

Can anyone recommend "extra long" strings?

 

Ta.

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That would definitely be a no-no. What brand strings are you using now? D'Addarios seem to be pretty long but I can't say for sure they'll do the trick. Maybe you should PM JerryMac... he's got a lot of experience with archtops and I bet he's dealt with this issue before.

 

I checked a Dean Markley Blue Steel D and it is 36" to the end of the wound part.

An Ernie Ball D is wound all the way to the end, 40". Maybe Ernie Ball is the brand you need.

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Because of the distance from the Frequensator on my Broadway to the 'D' string's tuning peg' date=' the wound part of the 'D' string doesn't reach the tuning peg. I can only insert & wrap the core. I've been having some tuning issues on the D string only, and wondered if this could be the cause? Perhaps the core is being stretched more than the outer wound part?

 

Can anyone recommend "extra long" strings?

 

Ta.[/quote']

 

I use Gibson Vintage Reissues or L5 strings. No issues.

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to clarify' date=' I believe the joe pass is slightly smaller than the broadway...[/quote']

The distance from where the ball end sits in the Frequensator to the 'D' string tuning peg is nearly 39" on the Broadway! I compared it to my Dot, and it's only a little over 32" from the stop tailpiece to the tuner.

 

Thanks for tips, guys.

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The distance from where the ball end sits in the Frequensator to the 'D' string tuning peg is nearly 39" on the Broadway! I compared it to my Dot' date=' and it's only a little over 32" from the stop tailpiece to the tuner.

 

Thanks for tips, guys.[/quote']

So an EB will leave you an inch of string to wrap around the peg... not a lot but workable. Definitely want to use my 'no tail' stringing method... #-o

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The first set I tried on my new Emperor Regent-which I think is the same body as the Broadway-is Thomastik GB12 flatwounds. Plenty enough to wrap around the D peg. No problem holding pitch. I've also got a set of D'Adddario Chromes and a set of Galli strings that I'm pretty sure will work too. Will update as I've tried them on the guitar.

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Which is?

 

 

I'm using Ernie Ball "Extra Short" 10-52.

Basically' date=' I cut the strings to length before wrapping them around the post. You obviously won't be needing to cut your D string; just make a right-angle bend in the end of the string, about 3/16" long. 'Follow through' on the bend so that you end up with a little 'J'-shaped hook. Feed this into the post hole and start tightening.

 

When you do have enough length, the formula is to cut the E string '1 post' longer (i.e. stretch the string to the 'A' string post and cut it there). then the A string '1 1/2 posts' longer, then 2, 2 1/2, 3, 3 1/2.

 

[img']http://www.marantatech.com/Graphix/strung.jpg[/img]

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