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Bass neck scales 32", 34", 35". What standards are there?

Discussion in 'Backline' started by blackcom, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. blackcom

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    Can anyone explain to me what the "standard sizes" in bass neck scales are. Larger scales for lower-tunings, what is the benefit?
     
  2. wishtheend

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    34" standard 4-string
    35" standard 5-string

    You'll see plenty of 34" scale 5-strings, and the occasional 35" scale 4-string. I got myself an ESP B-500 which is a 4-string with 35" scale, and it definitely tunes down a lot better than my 34" scale Fender MIM Jazz 4-string.
     
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    generally, the larger the scale the better you'll be able to tune down your bass due to increased string tension. same goes for guitars.
    thicker strings alone won't give you satisfying results.

    here are two companies that produce basses with unusual long scales:

    http://www.dingwallguitars.com/
    http://www.knuckleguitarworks.com/
     

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