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    Bass String Top Ferrules?

    So Iím building a kit that has the G***** 3 point bridge that allows for a string-thru application. Instead of anchoring at the back of the bridge I want to go ST.

    Obviously, for this I need string ferrules. Now the issue is that I canít find top ferrules for this. I can find plenty of bottoms, and tops for guitar. For bass...nothing. Most basses that are ST just go right through the bridge and eliminate the need for top ferrules. But Iíve seen ST applications on RDís so I know such a thing exists. Any ideas where I can find top ferrules? Thanks in advance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dedman View Post
    Way too skinny, even for a regular set. I play a 135 on my E string.


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    Before you go down that path makes sure your brand of strings are long enough to cope with the extra distance. Some builders have had issues with this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fretworn View Post
    Before you go down that path makes sure your brand of strings are long enough to cope with the extra distance. Some builders have had issues with this.
    Good call. I think Iíll be alright because itís 2x2 on the headstock.


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    Overlord of Music Fretworn's Avatar
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    Still worth checking as often the E strings are shorter.
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    Custom ST-1 12 String (to be converted to 6 string)
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    Overlord of Music Simon Barden's Avatar
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    It's less the overall length of string (which is normally fine), as the length of the fully-wound section of the string. There's always a clash of interest on bass strings between making the fully-wound section long enough so that it goes over the nut before thinning down, to making the fully-wound section too long so that it starts to wrap around the string post (which isn't good for the string or tuning stability). It's especially tricky for bottom E strings (or the B if it's a 5/6 string) as there's often only a 3cm gap between the nut and the string post.

    It's often a question of trying out different makes, as they rarely give full technical details of wound string length on the websites. An extra 1cm or more of extra string length as it runs through the body can make all the difference between a set of strings sitting properly or with the taped/bound part running over the nut. And it's often down to the set you buy as to how long that fully-wound section is. I've bought sets in the past where the fully-wound length varies significantly from string to string.

    If you can get them, I'd suggest trying Peavey Cirrus XL strings, as they are (supposedly) for 35" scale length basses. On my rear-strung Peavey Cirrus bass (supposedly 35" scale length but I measured it at 34"), there's a good 2cm of fully-wound string on the bottom E running-on past the nut.

    I've seen topside mounting bass ferrules on eBay from China, but with very little description and a long delivery time. Maybe you could make your own simple brass plate (or even painted steel), with 4 holes in it for the strings and a couple for fixing screws?

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    I seriously canít find these things anywhere. Crazy idea: can I just put bottom ferrules on each side?


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    Overlord of Music Simon Barden's Avatar
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    You can do. But look for ones that are relatively short compared to the width and use ones that are longer in length compared to the width. Something like these Gotoh TLB-1 ferrules are fairly compact. https://g-gotoh.com/international/product/tlb-1.html

    But you could get a set of guitar ferrules and drill out the hole in the bottom to fit a bass string. They'd be smaller and neater than a wider bass ferrule (which needs to take the ball-end as well as the string). You only need to get the top ferrules to take the strings through.

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