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    Default Best strings for an Ohana-OBU-22 FLM

    It came with Rotosound RS77sd jazz bass flatwounds, 40. 50. 75. 90.

    The E string sounds terrible at every fret and the intonation on ALL the strings gets worse as I go up the neck. I have no idea where to place my fingers to play a correct note...on the fretline?, between them? some places, like up at fret 9, it's almost a whole fretline below where it should be.

    I found the website of this amazing bass player: who also thinks Rotosounds suck on short scale basses.

    Hmmm....his short scale basses look really nice, too.
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    What's the scale on that? Is it the same as the other U-Bass type instruments?

    Could you take a measurement from the pins at the bridge to the nut? That would help, especially when dealing with metal strings.
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    The scale of the Ohana bass uke is 24.5 ".
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    I'm going to guess (from looking at pictures) the winding length of the string that's needed is around 26"-27" long. You're going to be really limited to find anything for it, as this review echoes:

    "Finding replacement strings is one concern, though. I wasn’t able to easily find any suitable replacements, in case I broke a string or was simply looking for a fresh set. One solution is purchasing strings for an acoustic bass guitar and cutting them to length, though some folks recommend against cutting strings since it can lead them to unwind."

    Did you buy the uke used? I haven't seen anywhere that Rotosound flats come stock, which I'm going to put a lot of your intonation issues on. I'd contact Ohana and see what they recommend first, and go that route.

    EDIT: LaBella apparently has a set of flatwound strings for the MicroBass. You'd have to see if they're made for the 23" or 25" scale before dropping $60 on them. Otherwise, I'm not coming up with anything else.
    Last edited by Jon Moody; 10-16-2015 at 06:51 AM. Reason: New info
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    Thanks SO much for the research!

    I tried calling LaBella to ask about their microbass set, but their customer number is disconnected. I then called Ohana (very nice people) who said their bass strings are specially made for the OBU, but they are all roundwounds and are sending me a complimentary set. I said thankyou, but this is puzzling since my OBU came with flatwounds. We'll get to the bottom of this mystery next week when Louis, the owner, is back in town.
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    Glad to help, and very cool that you're getting a complimentary set of strings.
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    I just bought a 24.5" scale mini P-bass with round wound strings, but I prefer flat wound, so I thank you too, and I just found the La Bella on eBay for $33.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/LA-BELLA-760...-/111575675614

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    I just bought a 24.5" scale mini P-bass with round wound strings, but I prefer flat wound, so I thank you too, and I just found the La Bella on eBay for $33.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/LA-BELLA-760...-/111575675614
    I'd double check the winding length to ensure you're getting the correct size. Flatwounds definitely aren't meant to be trimmed to size, and I don't think any of the sets on that eBay listing will fit your bass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by One Bad Monkey View Post
    I'd double check the winding length to ensure you're getting the correct size. Flatwounds definitely aren't meant to be trimmed to size, and I don't think any of the sets on that eBay listing will fit your bass.
    Good thought. Your link is from the Gold Tone web site for their solid body 23" scale MBE MicroBass. I wonder if La Bella makes a special short set for Gold Tone since the site labels them MBLB. There are no specs for those strings on that page so I just wrote Wayne Rogers of Gold Tone (who I've corresponded with before about my GT MicroBass) and asked if he knows the full length of those strings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    Good thought. Your link is from the Gold Tone web site for their solid body 23" scale MBE MicroBass. I wonder if La Bella makes a special short set for Gold Tone since the site labels them MBLB. There are no specs for those strings on that page so I just wrote Wayne Rogers of Gold Tone (who I've corresponded with before about my GT MicroBass) and asked if he knows the full length of those strings.
    They do make a custom set, even though the graphic on the Goldtone site is for a regular set.

    You need the WINDING LENGTH, which is the distance from the ball end to either the silk (if it has any) or the taper. Ideally, the winding length will fall somewhere in between the nut and the closest tuning peg on your instrument, so none of the "meat of the string wraps around the tuning post, or so the silk doesn't extend over the nut onto the first fret area.
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