Comments on: Bass Guitar Scale Length – Stretching Too Far? http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/ The Blog for Bass Players - Covering all the basses! Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:32:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 By: clash of clans hack online http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-314387 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 21:34:25 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-314387 My brother recommended I may like this website.
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By: axemanellis http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-54008 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 16:53:55 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-54008 I tend to agree with Benjamin. I think there will always be innovators out there who are never satisfied with “the standard”, but for most of us 30″ to 34″ will do just fine. I guess 35″ would be my limit. But 37″, 39″ I mean who has arms that long anyway.

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By: Michael Manring Explains the Hyperbass | Bass Strings http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-53797 Tue, 11 Oct 2011 19:01:54 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-53797 [...] neck covers three octaves (yes, 3), with a 34 inch scale length. There is a deep cut away to allow access to the higher parts of the (fretless) fingerboard, right [...]

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By: Lenard Champlain http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-29624 Fri, 24 Dec 2010 14:22:48 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-29624 You spoke about a few engaging points in this post. I came across it by searching Google and I must confess that I am currently subscribed to your website, it is quite decent ;D

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By: Benjamin http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-29483 Tue, 21 Dec 2010 23:19:05 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-29483 That’s absolutely monster Bill!

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By: Bill Taylor http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-26563 Mon, 08 Nov 2010 02:40:32 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-26563 Carvin currently tops out at 35 1/4″ scale length. You want LONG scale? Knuckle Guitar Works in Seattle (look ‘em up) produces a bass with a 39.55″(!)scale…

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By: gerge http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-25834 Mon, 25 Oct 2010 19:09:08 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-25834 carl thompson makes 4 strings up to 38″ inches in scale.
I would love to have a 36″ scale bass.

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By: Vintage Bass Guitar http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-23579 Sat, 18 Sep 2010 02:10:15 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-23579 The short 30.5″ scale was the norm for all Gibson basses when they first came out. Eventually Gibson saw the light in ’63 when they came out with their 34″ Thunderbird.

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By: Vintagegibson http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-20509 Fri, 02 Jul 2010 01:38:06 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-20509 Great article.Thanks.

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By: Beginning guitar lessons http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-13355 Tue, 22 Dec 2009 18:58:08 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-13355 Great info for the ladies amongst us that play the base here, certainty a 34″ will be more suited to most and a lot easier to get you hands around. I find that as a beginner it’s a lot easier to practice and learn to play with a shorter neck

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By: Rich http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-9530 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 19:24:41 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-9530 Haven’t been bassing recently due to bad carpal tunnel (a bit of a nuisance when your only 19!). Its actually not related to the bass playing (found out its due to a back problem I have), but I’m still thinking downsizing will only be a good thing.

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By: Violin http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-9497 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 22:08:03 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-9497 There are multiple scales for violins. However, they aren’t called short or long scale, they use fractions, 4/4 being the “full sized.” Many children start out on 3/4 or 1/2. The fraction has no actual bearing on the relationship between violin (or scale) sizes.

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By: Evert Albers, Streeff http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-8609 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 14:48:06 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-8609 The difference in fret distance is just a couple of millimeters, so don’t worry. You only need to worry if you have short arms, because it’s an extra ” stretch.

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By: BOBBY PEELER http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-8580 Wed, 16 Sep 2009 17:55:28 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-8580 I CAN REACH EXACTLY 4 FRETS FROM FINGER 1 TO FINGER 4 ON A 34IN 5 STRING. I WOULD LIKE TO TRY A 35IN FOR THE TIGHTER B STRING. WOULD I BE A CANDIDATE FOR A 35IN?

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By: One Finger One Fret | The Bass Guitar Blog http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-2052 Thu, 05 Feb 2009 23:07:32 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-2052 [...] that further up. That can make it quite uncomfortable for many. Rich posed this question on “Bass Guitar Scale Length – Stretching Too Far?“: I’ve been playing a 34″ (my first bass) for over a year now, and my fingers [...]

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By: Benjamin http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-1938 Mon, 02 Feb 2009 17:34:43 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-1938 Hi Rich – their are a couple of ways around that issue – other than buying a shorter scale bass… Let me get out my camera and I’ll write a post to show what they are.

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By: Rich http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-1934 Mon, 02 Feb 2009 14:41:51 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-1934 Hi, quick question. Ive been playing a 34″ (my first bass) for over a year now, and my fingers have stretched but nowhere near enough. At the top end of the bass (frets 1-5) I can only span 3 frets (even this requires stretching), so playing anything that covers four frets requires alot of jumping around and is quite painful.

Do you reckon my fingers will stretch anymore or should I just buy a 30-32″?

I can play fine from fret 6 and downwards, and the width of the neck is not a problem.

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By: Ashbory Upright | The Bass Guitar Blog http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-1656 Tue, 20 Jan 2009 15:34:35 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-1656 [...] the neck too. Because it has an increadibly short-scale (at 18 inches – compare that with a normal bass scale length!), it can be quite hard to get the intonation right – a little bit of a wobble puts you half a [...]

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By: Happy Bass! http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-1406 Mon, 29 Dec 2008 11:06:00 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-1406 [...] Bass Guitar Scale Length – Stretching Too Far [...]

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By: Fan Fret DIY Bass http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-1341 Tue, 23 Dec 2008 23:01:22 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-1341 [...] is a fan fret design (mentioned back in Bass Guitar Scale Length). The scale length is longer for the lower strings, shorter for the higher ones. This gives an [...]

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By: Bass Bridges | Bass Guitar Blog http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-360 Tue, 21 Oct 2008 21:45:17 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-360 [...] Lakland basses have their own variant on this idea, with a MusicMan style bridge. What you can’t see in this picture is the string ferrules on the other side of the bass where the strings are seated. The set up results (at least theoretically) in more down force on the bridge. It also means longer strings are required (back to the discussion on scale lengths). [...]

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By: Benjamin http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-343 Fri, 17 Oct 2008 21:51:42 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-343 Hmmm… You should be ok with longer strings, you just need to bend and then trim them… I’ll do some photos or a video to show how in the next couple of days…

-Benjamin

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By: zontar http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-342 Fri, 17 Oct 2008 18:21:37 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-342 I have a short scale–which was great for when I started. I’ve considered “upgrading” many times over the years–but I keep sticking with my EB-3 copy. I love the sound, I love the feel, it looks great and it’s fun to play.

The only problem I have is how hard it is to find short or medium scale strings for it.

The ones on it now are overdue for a change.

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By: Avoiding Sprains and Pains from Bass Playing | Bass Guitar Blog http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-339 Wed, 15 Oct 2008 21:37:05 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-339 [...] post was kicked off by Simon Little’s comments on “Bass Guitar Scale Length – Stretching Too Far?” (do check out his blog). Talking about extended scale lengths, then comparing and [...]

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By: Benjamin http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-337 Tue, 14 Oct 2008 16:19:17 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-337 Thanks, Simon. That upright technique does seem to work nicely doesn’t it? It took me a while to get over my ‘one finger per fret’ hand ups, but once I did, it is much more gentle on the hand – stretch and strain isn’t a good thing.

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By: Simon Little http://bassguitarblog.com/2008/10/bass-guitar-scale-length-stretching-too-far/comment-page-1/#comment-331 Mon, 13 Oct 2008 16:34:47 +0000 http://bassguitarblog.com/?p=265#comment-331 I mainly use Warwick Thumb basses, which have a 34″ scale. I find that basses with a shorter scale are less responsive and have less attack.
Interestingly, as an upright player I tend to use upright fingering (ie; not using the 3rd finger) on bass guitar too, unless I’m playing something particularly fast. I think this approach is quite common with upright players.
When I had my FNA 5-string made, I went for the longer scale 35″ neck, which made such a difference on the B-string. I think if you’re playing a fiver you really need the extra length for added stability and tone.

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