Every string manufacturer has their own set "Winding Length" for each "Scale Length" of electric bass strings.  The "Winding Length" is the measurement of the string from the Back of the Ball End to Silk or to the First Taper on strings with no silk where the string starts to get thinner (B / E / A strings).  Please note string lengths may vary in some cases where strings are hand made or hand wrapped with silk. 


Winding Lengths listed by Brand


Clear Tone Bass Strings:
  • Long Scale = 37.5" Ball to Taper
D'Addario Bass Strings:
  • Short Scale = 32" Ball to Taper (or Silk)
  • Medium Scale = 34" Ball to Taper (or Silk)
  • Long Scale = 37.1" Ball to Taper (or Silk)
  • Super Long Scale = 38" Ball to Taper (or Silk)

Dean Markley:

  • Long Scale = 37.25" Ball to Taper (or Silk)

DR Bass Strings:

  • Short Scale = 34" Ball to Taper (or Silk)
  • Long Scale = 38" Ball to Taper (or Silk)
  • Extra Long Scale - 40.7" Ball to Taper (or Silk)

Dunlop Bass Strings:

  • Long Scale = 37.25" Ball to Taper

Elixir Bass Strings:

  • Long Scale = 36.5" Ball to Taper
  • Extra Long Scale = 38" Ball to Taper

Ernie Ball Bass Strings:

  • Long Scale = 37.25" Ball to Taper (or Silk)
  • Super Long Scale = 38.25" Ball to Taper

Everly Bass Strings:

  • Long Scale = 37.75" Ball to Taper

Fender Bass Strings:

  • Short Scale = 32" Ball to Taper
  • Medium Scale = 34" Ball to Taper
  • Long Scale = 36.5" Ball to Taper

Fodera Bass Strings:

  • Long Scale = 37.5" Ball to Taper
  • Extra Long Scale = 39.25" Ball to Taper

GHS Bass Strings:

  • Short Scale: 32" Ball to Taper (or Silk)
  • Medium Scale: 34" Ball to Taper (or Silk)
  • Long Scale: 36.5" Ball to Taper (or Silk)
  • Universal Long Scale: 37.25" Ball to Taper (or Silk)
  • Long Plus: 38" Ball to Taper (or Silk)

Ken Smith Bass Strings:

  • Long Scale = 38" Ball to Silk
  • Extra Long Scale = 40" Ball to Silk
  • For some B strings there is a "Medium Scale" option = 36.5" Ball to Silk

La Bella Bass Strings:

  • Short Scale = 32" Ball to Silk
  • Medium Scale = 34" Ball to Silk
  • Long Scale = 37" Ball to Silk
  • Extra Long Scale = 38" Ball to Silk
  • Hofner Beatle Bass = 34" Ball to Silk

MTD Bass Strings:

  • Long Scale = 37.25" Ball to Silk

Rotosound Bass Strings:

  • Short Scale = 32" Ball to Silk
  • Medium Scale = 34" Ball to Silk
  • Long Scale = 37" Ball to Silk (or Taper)
  • Extra Long Scale = 39" Ball to Silk

Sadowsky Bass Strings:

  • Long Scale = 37" Ball to Silk
  • Extra Long Scale = 39" Ball to Silk - UPDATED

SIT Bass Strings:

  • Long Scale = 37.25" Ball to Taper
  • Extra Long Scale = 38" Ball to Taper

Spector Bass Strings:

  • Long Scale = 38" Ball to Taper

Thomastik-Infeld Bass Strings:

  • Short Scale = 35.5" Ball to Silk
  • Long Scale = 37" Ball to Silk
  • Super Long Scale = 39.75" Ball to Silk