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Companies that build 36" basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by KingRazor, Dec 3, 2013.


  1. Before you reply: I did in fact do a search first!

    I've so far heard Carl Thompson, Fodera and Overwater mentioned. Though I believe those are full custom.

    Are there any other manufacturers you know of that build 36" (or longer) scale basses?

    I also know Dingwall of course with their 37" to 34" fanned fret neck. And Knuckle's Quake 39.5".

    Any others?
     
  2. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner at Mo's Shop - Tech at Nordstrand Supporting Member

    May 25, 2003
    Studio City+Redlands, CA
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    Schack in Germany...
     
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  4. Leialoha

    Leialoha

    Jun 13, 2008
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  5. RedLeg

    RedLeg Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2009
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  6. Are you sure? The models on their website all appear to be 34 or 35".
     
  7. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it.

    Feb 4, 2013
    Ventura County
    Hell, my DB is 41". Why not just get a EUB, perhaps modified to add frets?
     
  8. Because they don't really play or sound like an electric bass guitar.
     
  9. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it.

    Feb 4, 2013
    Ventura County
    Fair enough. I find that EUB's don't sound like a DB, so they are kind of in their own sonic funzone.

    I do have to ask though: How tall are you to want a bass that big? At 5'5", I know a 34" feels a bit big to me, where as the DB doesn't oddly enough.
     
  10. I think a lot of custom builders will build something 36" scale. This option may or may not cost extra.
     
  11. 36" scale length doesn't necessarily mean the bass is going to be hugely long. In fact, playing with bridge positioning it's entirely possible to make a 36" scale length bass that's the same overall physical length as some 34" scale basses.

    I am 6' tall, though.

    I didn't ask the question in the OP though because I was interested in buying one per say, I was mostly just curious. I've heard 36" basses mentioned before but had not really ever seen any.
     
  12. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
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    The Steve Swallow model is 36" scale, as he plays.

    http://www.citron-guitars.com/instruments/basses/ae5-swallow-bass/

    Alembic offers a 36" scale, and Yamaha made a custom 36" for Nathan East several years ago but he might not play it now.
     
  13. Hapa

    Hapa

    Apr 21, 2011
    Tustin, CA
    Unless the builder has a jig for 36" then it will be a task to cut the fret slots. Going by math alone is a very complicated process to execute properly. CNC could solve this easily but that also out tools most of the custom builders. I have never seen a 36" fret slotting jig.

    OP why do you want that scale length?...what do you wish to achieve?
     
  14. I've just seen that scale length mentioned several times on TB, and had never encountered a bass with that scale length, so I was curious as to who makes them. I'm curious as to how they play and sound.
     
  15. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
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    I will eat this Toblerone and I will not pay !
    Search on Youtube for bassist Anthony Jackson. If he's seen playing a 6 string Fodera, he always plays a 36" scale. He established his career on a Fender style instruments, so all his stuff isn't on a 36" scale bass.
     
  16. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner at Mo's Shop - Tech at Nordstrand Supporting Member

    May 25, 2003
    Studio City+Redlands, CA
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    Endorsing artist: Nordstrand - DR strings - Sadowsky - Genz Benz
    Nathan East with his Yamaha custom 6 strings BB and TRB and 'old' BBNE1
     
  17. Bassman197835

    Bassman197835

    Oct 31, 2013
    Fodera has many 'standard' Basses. The Monarch Standard is unbeatable!!
     
  18. I'm sure it is, although I don't think I could ever afford one.
     
  19. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    +1
    I own (3) basses with 35" scale lengths and all of them are shorter overall than a standard 34" scale Fender Jazz Bass.
     
  20. Celinder? I think they're only available used though...
     



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