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La Bella Electric Bass Guitar Deep Talkin' Bass Stainless Steel Flat Wound Short Scale (32" Wound length), .049 - .109, 760FM-S

La Bella Electric Bass Guitar Deep Talkin' Bass Stainless Steel Flat Wound Short Scale (32" Wound length), .049 - .109, 760FM-S
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Raleigh, NC
Issue with Hofner basses
March 8, 2021
Labella doesn''t list this product as for Beatle bass yet call them short scale. As such, the strings are too long for Hofner basses with the string wrap stretching to the nut. Looks awful. still plays OK.
Not sure what you can do about this if anything.
By Wayne
Easy on Thumb and Fingers
October 1, 2020
Yes, great sound...but the easy touch is what I like the best!
By Kevin B.
Can't Wait to Try These on my Gibson EB-1
September 13, 2017
After years of searching, I've finally found a Gibson EB-1. It's not a 50s original, but the 2nd run, a 1969. It came with roundwounds, and after a fruitless search for short-scale flats at my local music store, I ordered these strings, which were the heaviest gauge flatwound short-scale strings I could find. I'm hoping the greater tension won't be a problem, but if it's good for an EB-3, hopefully it's good for an EB-1.
By John
I found my strings
March 8, 2017
I'm more of a guitarist than bassist, and prefer short scale basses perhaps for that reason. After trying half a dozen sets of roundwound and flatwound strings from various manufacturers, I will now never buy anything else. As other reviewers have noted, the extra tension on these strings make a shorty sound gigantic. I play with pick, fingers and slap - all good! (the sound more than my playing)
By Steve D.
You won't come up "short" with these...
January 15, 2012
A lot of bass players shy away from short-scale instruments, claiming that they don't have the definition or articulation of a 34" scale; these are the strings that made those old Gibson/Epiphone/Guild 30-inchers a viable option back in the day - and turned my '07 SG Reissue into my go-to bass (displacing my '91 Pedulla in the process). Plain truth is, the only way to get decent response from a short-scale is by upping the diameter/tension factor to compensate for the decreased length - and that's simply not going to happen with the light-gauge roundwounds favored by virtually all manufacturers. If you're a hard-core funk slapper these wouldn't be your first choice (although they can do that if need be), but if you play jazz, pop, R&B, '50s/60s, British Invasion, CCM/praise-&-worship, and/or classic rock, these ARE your strings; just check with your tech to make sure your instrument can stand up to the increased tension. Highly recommended...
By Rich
Short Scale LaBella's
October 4, 2009
Perfect! I've been trying for quite awhile to find the perfect strings for my short scale. I love the higher tension, smooth feel, and deep thump of LaBellas. They are the only strings that I have found that sound equally funky using either fingers or pick. As far as I'm concerned, these are the only strings for a short scale bass!
Important note: La Bella flat wound strings are not suitable for use on instruments that require through-body stringing.






1st G

Flat Wound Stainless Steel



2nd D

Flat Wound Stainless Steel



3rd A

Flat Wound Stainless Steel



4th E

Flat Wound Stainless Steel




La Bella Strings

"The origin of the use of catgut for the strings of violins and kindred instruments has, from time to time, been explained in various ways.

The most interesting, and probably the most authoritative explanation seems to be the one known among violin makers in Italy for centuries, but little known outside the country. The story is related by Joseph Primavera, who gathered his material in the little town of Salle, Pescara, Italy, a town that has had for almost six centuries the making of catgut strings as its chief industry, and from which some of the finest strings in the musical world have come.

It all goes back to around 1300 AD, it seems, when Salle was already famous for its saddles. Not the least important feature of these leather products was the fact that a thread made from the intestines of a mountain sheep was used in sewing them. This thread was found to be far stronger than that made from more domesticated and better cared for sheep of the valleys.

Tradition at Salle says that at the dawn of the fourteenth century one Erasmo was employed in the chief industry of the town, the making of saddles. As this man was drying some sheep intestines in order to make his thread, some were carried away by the wind, and became lodged in a thorn bush.

Erasmo noticed that sweet musical sounds were emitted as the material was vibrated by the wind blowing through the bush. Being an observant man, and an ingenious one, the thought came to him that the threads used in sewing saddles might also be used as strings in the primitive instruments that were ancestors of the violin. Thus the business of making violins strings from "catgut" (more will be said later regarding the origin of the word itself) began, and so important did the industry become to the small town that eventually Erasmo was sainted, and St. Erasmo is not only the patron saint of the town, but also the profession of string making.

When asked regarding their strings, the people of Salle, so the tradition states, said that they were made of the intestines of cats, "catgut". There was good reason for this. The cat was viewed with superstition in Italy, and the slaying of a cat was supposed to be followed by a period of bad luck. The fiddle string makers of Salle reasoned that few indeed would attempt to copy their trade, if it involved slaying cats.

Mr. Primavera, by searching church records, found that from the beginning of the industry in the time of St. Erasmo, until about 1700, four centuries, the families of Berti, Dorazio, Mari, and Ruffini were famous for making violin strings. These families furnished the strings for products of Stradivarius and other master makers of violins during this period. About 1640 Mari Brothers became the leaders in the manufacture of "catgut" strings. This tradition is followed today by the same family. E. & O. Mari, Inc., located in Newburgh, New York, USA carries on the tradition. Many of their products are marketed under the world famous name "La Bella". These music strings are recognized as the finest the world over."


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