Originally Posted by iiipopes
What Jason said. And also 33 1/4 is used by Rickenbacker.
Yes... Jason is wise! You need to consider the WIND length needed to clear the nut and the tuning posts (nothing to do with silked or non-silked strings), or you run the risk of weakening the core and breaking the string. I just went through this with a set of "standard long-scale" strings for a 34" scale bass which ended up with the low E winding 1-1/2 times around the post - this is a BAD thing. On Jason's recommendation, GHS's "standard" scale length solved the problem.