Owner's Manual 2019
Birdsongs, SD Curlees & ALL of our short & medium scale basses are equipped with regular strings - not short or medium scale strings. You end up with a wind of main string around the E tuner post, but we've never had a problem with it. I like a good "working player's" string - nothing fancy, something you can find.
ROUNDWOUNDS: Curt Mangan .045-.105 Nickel wound or equivalent.
FLATWOUNDS: D'Addario ECB-82 Chromes .050-.105
TAPEWOUNDS: Fender 9120
GUITARS: Curt Mangan 10-46 Nickel wound (Steels: D'Addario EXL115 .011-.049)
JAZZY GUITAR: D'Addario ECG24 Chromes flatwounds 11-50
For the 5 string basses, Hy5s:
With the double string-through B, use above 4 string sets for EADG and order in some 35" scale .130 Nickel wound or .132 D'Addario "SL" super long flatwounds for the B as you need them.
(Super early Birdsong 5s have ALL strings "double through" ~ you need a D'Addario "Super Long" 5 set with a .130 or so low B.)
Note - the standard Mangan .130 nickelwound B has enough length of main winding to work fine.
Caring for the finish:
Oil finishes show wear and age. To keep the lustre, play with clean hands and don't spill anything on the bass. Wipe it off if it gets sweaty. Treat it neatly with Howard Feed 'n Wax. Then play the heck out of it, using it for what you bought it for and allowing it the dignity of spending itself in its service, until it looks like the handle of Grandpa's hammer. Don't worry about resale - this is supposed to be a relationship. Age together in the pursuit of beautiful moments. Chalk everything else up to the tool spending itself on its life of service. For touch-up purposes, mix a little semi-gloss Poly with a little "Boiled Linseed" oil and rub it on.
SD CURLEE USA SPECIFIC:
"Scott Specials" SPECIFIC:
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